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Vested Interest: 10 Real-Girl Ways to Style the Denim Vest

Jul 22 2014 - 9:30am

The denim jacket knows no style boundary. Work your true-blue topper with leather pants and ankle boots for an off-duty-rocker vibe, go girlie with a floral Summer dress, or double down with a chambray shirt. The possibilities appear to be endless — until Summer hits. When the temps climb to 92°F, with a pleasant 71 percent humidity, the last thing you want to do is wrap up in a bulky, nonbreathable fabric, but what's a denim-lover to do? That's easy — you turn to the denim jacket's cooler, literally and sartorially, younger sister: the denim vest.

I know what you're thinking: "Am I starring in a remake of The Dukes of Hazzard?" No, you're not — though we believe Jessica Simpson [1] as Daisy Buchanan is solely responsible for the resurrection of Daisy Dukes. A denim vest is just as versatile, if not more, than a jean jacket. We are firm believers in the power of layering, and we can't think of a better way to beat the heat while remaining chic.

To prove our thesis, we propositioned 10 of our editors to fashion and illustrate a diverse collection of styles centered around the denim vest. Prepare to be inspired!

Photos: Grace Hitchcock [2], Randy Miller

The Denim: Gap

Similar style: Takara Embroidered Vest [3] ($39)

The Editor: Hannah Weil

Photo: Randy Miller

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The Denim: Tibi

Similar style: Blank NYC Denim Vest [11] ($88)

The Editor: Kate Schweitzer

Photo: Randy Miller

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The Denim: Vintage

Similar style: ChicNova Distressed Denim Vest [19] ($43)

The Editor: Jessica Cruel

Photo: Randy Miller

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The Denim: Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren

Similar style: Current/Elliott Distressed Denim Vest [25] ($270)

The Editor: Mandi Villa

Photo: Grace Hitchcock [26]

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The Denim: Vintage

Similar style: Roÿ Roger's De Luxe Vest [35] ($123, originally $152)

The Editor: Randy Miller

Photo: Jessica Cruel

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The Denim: Mossimo

Similar style: Topshop Moto Denim Vest [41] ($70)

The Editor: Lisette Mejia

Photo: Grace Hitchcock [42]

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The Denim: Vintage

Similar style: Current/Elliott Leopard Print Vest [50] ($157, originally $348)

The Editor: Aemilia Madden

Photo: Sarah Wasilak

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The Denim: Levi's

Similar style: H&M Light Denim Vest [56] ($30)

The Editor: Lauren Levinson

Photo: Randy Miller

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The Denim: Mossimo

Similar style: Topshop Moto Denim Vest [64] ($70)

The Editor: Emily Bibb

Photo: Grace Hitchcock [65]

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The Denim: Vintage

Similar style: ChicNova Retro Cropped Vest [73] ($35)

The Editor: Sarah Wasilak

Photo: Aemilia Madden

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