This winter, exercise your right to bare arms.
Yes, we spelled that right, as we’re talking about wearing vests and showing off a different kind of guns with a knit sweater vest.
The trend has been around for a while, making the sweater vest a tried and true staple of any fashionista’s fall and winter wardrobe. Since they are breathable and arm-free, they make for a great transition piece from summer into fall and their cozy qualities make them perfect for the season change from fall into winter when layered over a tee, turtleneck or even another sweater.
We’ve seen them all over TikTok, too, with inspiration videos showing thousands of viewers ideas for how to style the timeless piece. In this viral video with over 40 thousand likes and more than 285 thousand views and counting, user @shaynehydn shares eight styles with one vest so you can rock the look every day of the week and then some.
1 SWEATER VEST 8 WAYS!💗 follow me for more #tiktokfashion #howtostyle #clothinginspo #outfitideas
♬ Get Into It (Yuh) – Doja Cat
However, we do recommend having more than one vest, and although the pink one is super cute, a variety of styles and patterns will bode well for you and your closet.
To make that a reality, we rounded up some of our favorite sweater vests and sweater vest dresses in a bunch of cute and trendy colors and patterns. They span different price ranges too as well as sizes, as we think everyone deserves to be in style this fall.
Cider Argyle Vest, $26
Move over, Grandpa — argyle is back and better than ever. Embrace the old school pattern on this super trendy sweater vest from Cider. Pair it with jeans for a laid back look or over a dress for a totally different take on the fall staple.
ModCloth Shimmering Secondary School Sweater Vest, $59
Even if secondary school years are long behind you, take this as a sign to be nostalgic for a moment and rock this sweater. The vest is sold on ModCloth in a fun pink, red and brown combo with a low scoop neck perfect for layering.
PacSun Kendall & Kylie School Girl Vest, $36.95
If the Jenners are doing it, you probably should too. This Kendall and Kylie vest is from PacSun and comes in pink as well as the pictured baby blue. It has an oversized look which is great for a laid back style or to layer over another sweater or long-sleeve when the weather gets chilly.
J.Crew Cashmere Sleeveless Turtleneck Tunic, $228
We love cashmere, so why not embrace the sweater vest trend but elevate it a bit? That’s just what J.Crew did with this sweater dress, by also giving it a higher neckline and some cool half-sleeves in addition to the posh material.
Aeropostale Solid Oversized Cable-Knit Sweater Vest, $19.98
Go big or go home. This vest from Aeropostale was made to be oversized, showing off the fun cable-knit pattern on the sweater that gives off major cozy vibes. The vest comes in white as well as in a baby blue color, both of which are under $20.
Boohoo Dogtooth Check Sweater Tank Top, $12
Don’t cry, you can soon get in on the sweater vest trend and on a budget, too. The Boohoo sweater vest comes in the iconic houndstooth print, which they cutely call “dogtooth.” The black and white vest also comes in blue and for a limited time is only is 60% off.
BDG Jordie Jacquard Sweater Vest, $64
Urban Outfitters never lets us down when it comes to cool trending pieces, and sweater vests are no exception. The BCG Jordie Jacquard style comes in an array of super fun patterns, like the orange and purple dice vest pictured above, a green dice vest, a red vest that reads “hello” and a bright orange and navy number you need to see.
Anthropologie Cable-Knit Turtleneck Sweater Vest, $98
Keep your arms cool but your neck warm with this fashion-forward take on the sweater vest from Anthropologie. The vest has an oversized turtleneck that you can roll over and style how you wish, while the body features a chunky cable-knit pattern perfect for fall and winter.
Loft Cap Sleeve V-Neck Sweater, $49.50
This sweater vest is a closet essential, no cap. The vest is from the Loft, and comes in some pretty great and seasonal colors to choose from including white, gray, mint and the above golden color. It’s made of a soft knit cotton and the cap sleeve and deep V give it all the style in an understated and sophisticated way.
Abercrombie Sweater Vest Mini Dress, $79
Abercrombie & Fitch are here to help you embrace the 90’s trend but bring it into the 2020’s. The Sweater Vest Mini Dress is perfect for any winter holiday gatherings or just to wear out and about, as it can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair it with. It also comes in fun patterns and solid options too, should you want to stock up on more than one.
Free People Rockport Rib Dickie, $68
Rock this Rockport vest alone or layered and know you look awesome doing it. The Free People vest is a fun one, adding a quarter zip and an oversized collar into the mix, along with a ribbed material for the body. The vest comes in the crisp white color as well as in a brown camel color, and is a one-size-fits-most style.
Petal and Pup Vivia Knit, $34.95
Petal and Pup
Viva knitwear and viva sweater vests! This brown knit vest from Petal and Pup is a great addition to both your regular fashion lineup and your loungewear collection, as it has a slightly oversized look and comfy feel.
Theory Turtleneck Vest in Cashmere, $295
The theory here is that if you love cashmere, turtlenecks and staying on top of trends, you’ll love the combination of all three. This sweater vest from Theory does all of the above, coming in a great blue color as well as in a beige brown.