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I Humbly Nominate A Waistcoat As Fall’s Coolest Silhouette

Not a want, but a *need.*

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On a spectrum of devout trend followers and sartorial rebels, I lean towards the latter. My personal style skews more maximalist and is what some might dub ‘weird,’ perhaps even ‘ugly’ (I’m not offended — I know skirt-over-pants styling is an acquired taste). I always figured I was relatively impervious to mainstream influences, often ignoring what the trend cycle dictates as ‘in’ or ‘out’ in favor of clothing that just makes my heart happy. And yet here I am, sitting on the precipice of a new season, utterly enamored with fall 2022’s trend of women’s suit vests.

Allow me to recount my love story with the not-so-humble waistcoat. Since scrolling through the Instagrams of It girls and perusing online retailers is a part of my job description, my finger remains fairly situated on the industry’s pulse. Thus, when I started to see the suit vest, a traditional menswear staple, reimagined with feminine tweaks and quirky detailing, my fashion writer senses began to tingle. I realized the coming season would welcome tailored tops done in mood-boosting color palettes and unexpected fabrications — think luxe leather, lace-stitched knitwear, and padded quilting that my craftcore-loving soul can’t resist. It was then, while gawking at Ganni’s pinstriped top with golden buttons and a statement collar, that I knew I was a goner.

Have I now convinced you, too, of the wonders of fall 2022’s waistcoat offerings? If so, check out the below round-up of suit vests that first caught my eye. And, yes, I included options that cater to my personal oddball taste, but you’ll also find more subdued iterations that minimalists will find suitable (pun intended).

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Rika Studios
Fay Vest
While I’m over Barbiecore (generally all “cores,” to be completely honest), I’ll never be able to resist hot pink. Vibrant fuchsia has always been one of my go-to hues, which is why Rika Studios’ Fay Vest caught my eye.
Short Leather Vest
This leather vest will help me master fall's gritty, biker-inspired fashion phenomenon. Picture me wearing this bad boy while speeding down the highway on a Harley — or, in actuality, strolling around SoHo pretending I’m a forgotten member of Sons of Anarchy.
MM6 Maison Margiela
Tailored Crepe Gilet
This vest layered over a black mock turtleneck and teamed with tailored trousers in a dark floral print is my ideal version of an in-office work outfit. Block-heel ballet flats would complete the look.
Flared Sleeveless Vest
I’ll admit that 2022’s resurgence of the peplum silhouette was a hard sell for me. But this flared vest from French brand Rochas, with its multiple rows of buttons and free-hanging straps, effectively convinces me to give the trend a try.

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