During the summer, there are hot days, and there are hot days—the kind where you have to summon all your strength to not show up to work in a bathing suit. Most of us, however, don’t earn a living as lifeguards or swimsuit models and— whether it’s a weekday or a weekend—prefer wearing something a wee bit more stylish no matter what the temperature.
However, while there’s no denying that a well-tailored blazer is the epitome of put-together, sometimes it’s simply too hot for long-sleeves. Luckily, the blazer’s kid sister—the humble vest—is an easy and stylish way to add oomph to a summer outfit, and this season’s styles will look equally on-trend year round, layered over a blouse, a dress, or a t-shirt.
For the office, try Madewell‘s sleek white tuxedo vest with a silk tank and cropped pants. When gallivanting with friends on Saturday night, pairing a statement piece—like Zara‘s colorful mirrored vest—with a white tank and denim cutoffs will ensure you stand out among the throngs of ho-hum sundress-wearing gals.
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