The sweater vest is taking over menswear. For the past two years or so, we have seen the resurgence of the iconic sweater vest coming back not only on trend, but into the highest luxury houses. In my expert opinion, this resurrection of the sweater vest stems from its versatility and I for one am very happy its back and here to stay.
The sweater vest has the innate ability to be dressed up or down as well as being suitable for the streetwear enthusiast all the way to the staple modern traditional gentleman. It can be paired on its own with no shirt underneath for an elevated fashion forward look or paired with your finest suit for a sophisticated evening. Feeling more casual? Throw it on over your favorite classic white tee and your best denim for a very casual but stylish weekend outfit.
Generally associated as more of a “nerdy” style piece or a “grandpa style”, the sweater vest is now reserved for the most fashion conscious men to add to their wardrobe. High end luxury brands from Alexander McQueen to Ralph Lauren have embraced the sweater vest and have made it an essential knitwear piece for every man. The ultimate testimony for the reemergence of the sweater vest is young fashion forward menswear is the embrace of the product in our most fashionable celebrities. From Harry Styles, to Tyler the Creator, and none other than the epitome of a style icon himself A$AP Rocky, have embraced the sweater vest and have each worn it in their own way.
From Steve Urkel to Mr. Rogers famously wearing the sweater vest and it being associated with an unfashionable winter option to now Gen Z and the TikTok generation fully welcoming the sweater vest to represent cool and on trend men.Furthermore, now that we are in full swing of the colder months in most parts of the country and the world, the sweater vest makes for the perfect layering piece to stay warm and stylish this winter.
Below I have assembled some of my favorite sweater vest options for every type of man to add to their wardrobe going into 2022.
Alexander McQueen – Ivory lambswool cable knit V-neck tank sweater with contrasting ink bleeding intarsia. $1,240.
Brunello Cucinelli – Contemporary style and a timeless flair are combined in this new cashmere sweater vest. Its two-tone rib knit V-neck introduces a contrast of texture and color. The silhouette is both regular and comfortable. $1,795.
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana – The runway show celebrates the freedom to express ourselves through fashion. The designers have observed the new social trend through the media, to create a youthful and contemporary collection that focuses on individuality. $595.
DSQUARED2 – The Argyle Sweater Vest is the ultimate staple piece to complete the fall/winter outfit. Perfect to create a layered look with your favorite shirt or jacket. Dress it up or down, either way it will give you the most put-together look ever. $635
Gucci – Wool cable knit vest. $1,200.
Licorne Sans Corne
Licorne Sans Corne – A gender-neutral sweater vest available in neutrals and hues of blue, the perfect staple for fall layering. $445.
Molly Goddard – The Molly Goddard SSENSE Exclusive Orange & Red Flavin Vest is a sleeveless knit wool vest striped in an eye-catching orange and red combination with Crewneck collar – not all work and no play, this sweater vest effortlessly combines the two. $310
Ralph Lauren – This sweater vest is rendered in Italian yarn that is spun with wool and cashmere. Along with our signature cable-knit pattern, it features hand-linked shoulders to ensure a precise fit with unsurpassed comfort. $228
Versace – Seen on the runway, this classic vest is crafted from metallic jacquard in the La Greca pattern, a new brand code that features the Greek Key along with the Versace logo in various sizes and color combinations. For a fashion show-inspired look, pair with tailoring in the matching pattern. $775.