Although there are several types of vests, the base form is a sleeveless article of clothing worn on the torso of the body that is at, or close to being, waist length. The neckline of the vest is a “v” formation. The vest can button or zip down the front or, in some cases, have neither.
Men typically wear suit vests. The vest, which usually has three to four buttons, goes underneath a suit jacket. More often then not, it will be the same color as the suit.
Similar to suit vests, tuxedo vests typically go underneath a tuxedo jacket and over a button-down shirt. They are popular to wear for weddings and other formal events, such as prom. In some cases, they are brightly colored and have various textures or patterns to give a unique touch to the ensemble. They are also popular for waiters in restaurants to wear over a white or black button-down shirt, but usually without the jacket, as part of their uniform. Buttons down the front close the vest.
Sweater vests are popular to wear to the offices where employees are not required to wear suits. Typically worn over a button-down shirt and sometimes accompanied with a tie, they are still workplace-appropriate. Men and women alike can wear them. They come in several different styles, colors and textures. This type of vest is usually a pullover without any buttons or zippers.
Puffer vests are popular to wear in the cold weather or just as the seasons start to change when a jacket is too heavy. Some are made for the very cold weather, while others are suitable for warmer temperatures. The insides are usually polyester, nylon or down. The outside has a quilted, puffy appearance to it, and it closes by a zipper. In some cases, the vest will also be waterproof.
Another type of vest is the cropped vest. It is usually shorter and more form fitting then the typical vest. The vest, worn by women, usually ends around the midriff. When wearing this style vest, the woman may or may not wear a shirt underneath. Buttons or a zipper typically close the vest.
Whatever the preference, there are several different types and styles of vests for both men and women. They are appropriate for almost any occasion and come in a variety of different looks. Almost everyone, regardless of size, age or gender, can find a suitable vest.