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Proving that lockdown is completely changing the way we think about our wardrobe, instead of spangly dresses and vertiginous heels, the item we’re currently dreaming about investing in is the humble vest. Although not quite so humble, because right now, a racer front vest with cutaway details is appearing all over our feed – and coming soon to an online basket near you.
While the racer back, with cut-away details that show off your shoulder blades, is an athleisure essential, this season sees the reveal reversed so it’s your shoulders and that little dip before your collarbone which are fully on show. Perfectly minimal but also ever-so-slightly sexy, these vests will suit any personal style. They also look as good with sportswear – like tracksuit bottoms – as they do under a slouchy trouser suit for your fantasy office life or a pleated midi skirt to nail the high-low mix when you’re dancing round your kitchen.
Basics should be the cornerstone of every wardrobe and with extra time at home, we’ve been able to go through our drawers with a fresh eye. When you realise you have ten sequin skirts – but only one top to wear with them – it’s time to update your essentials. A cutaway vest is the most modern way to do that.
We suggest choosing a cotton version (organic if you can) with a small percentage of elastane for flattering stretch. Ribbed versions look particularly fresh and soft or neutral shades are this season’s choice. When you wash a vest, keep the cycle cool (and the washes as infrequent as possible) to prolong garment life. 26% of a garment’s carbon footprint occurs after you buy it, so making sure your new fashion favourite can last the distance is essential.
Our favourite instagram inspirations’ vests are from Topshop, Arket or COS but we’ve rounded up the best selection to shop from now.