If you lived through the ’90s, the concept of a knitted vest might conjure up images of Chandler Bing sitting at Central Perk drinking an oversize coffee and making sarcastic comments amongst his friends. Though, fast-forward almost 30 years, and the once-stuffy clothing item now carries some very different connotations.
As the cool-girl item of choice for editors and influencers, knitted vests have been given a decidedly fashionable makeover of late. The item was seen on the runways of Dior, Prada and Lacoste during the A/W 20 runway shows and has appeared in collections by buzzy brands including Ganni. From oversize cable-knit styles to patterned iterations with contrast colour trim, these are certainly not the same sweater vests you might remember from the ’90s.
Of course, it didn’t take long for the style set to adopt the trend. In summer, several knitted vests were spotted at Copenhagen Fashion Week and the trend has since started popping up all over our Instagram feeds. In terms of styling, for the summer months, oversize versions of the item were worn alone alongside shorts and jeans, while for cooler days, sweater vests are being paired with collared shirts or over the top of long-sleeve midi dresses. Keep scrolling to see knitted vests in street style and on the runway, and then shop the item below.