Think of a sweater vest and you’ll probably immediately visualize your grandpa—or high school geography teacher—sporting the sleeveless knitted pullover. There’s just something about the conservative, yet cozy, knit that has an old man appeal. Perhaps it’s down to the fact that the style (which dates back to the early 1900s) was popularized by presidents, before becoming embraced in jazzy patterns and colors by men and women in the ’70s and ’80s. With that in mind, you might be surprised to hear what we’re about to tell you: sweater vests are massively on trend.
That’s right, no longer confined to a more mature wardrobe, the humble sweater vest has become this season’s most in-demand layering piece thanks to devotees like Ella Emhoff and Kendall Jenner. In the spring/summer months, wear a lightweight knit vest with some tailored shorts or denim cutoffs. Heading into those temperamental autumnal cold snaps? Layer your vest over a mock-neck top or classic white shirt. It’s practical, it’s versatile, it’s dad-approved. What more could you ask for?
From Gucci’s pink crochet logo number to Ganni’s scene-stealing crystal button-up, below are the 13 of the best designer sweater vests you can add to your cart right now.