We’re Nominating the Suit Vest as Fall’s Must-Have Item

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Business casual has taken a new form this year. With corporate offices slowly reopening and companies embracing remote work, tailoring has also evolved. Enter suit vests for women. It makes sense. For starters, we’ve stored our constricting high-waist pants, replacing them with lower-rise styles for a more relaxed fit. And since wearing a full suit feels trite, we’ve deconstructed our usual silhouette to allow for a versatile rotation of separates. On the streets of New York Fashion Week this season, we saw a more unexpected iteration of suiting take over: the waistcoat, worn singularly as a top. No shirt? No problem.

Though it wasn’t the first time we’ve seen this trend take shape. Last spring’s runway shows like Fendi, Saint Laurent, and Chanel reintroduced the trend favored by Kate Moss in the ’90s, and it wasn’t long before celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski began styling their waistcoats with slouchy, loose-fitting trousers. With high temperatures continuing into fall, the streets of New York Fashion Week saw fashion insiders continue to embrace this pared-back solution to suiting; and if the spring 2022 collections taught us anything, it’s that relaxed workwear is certainly here to stay—and so too is the hot tiny little vest.

Here are the 17 best suit vests for women to shop now.

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