10 Ways to Wear A Cargo Vest

In the last year, cargo vests have become a staple in my wardrobe. My mom bought me a khaki one for Christmas a year ago, and then I refashioned an olive green one from a long sleeved utility jacket on my blog a few months ago. When I got both of mine I was sure I’d never wear them, but I’ve been shocked how much I love them.  Both have been super versatile, although the green one does get more use for me since I love the green color and it’s a little lighter weight. But either way, they’re both fantastic pieces that are a fun, unexpected layer, are are perfect for the hot months when you don’t want to wear a full jacket.

Let me share with you 10 ways I style and wear them — then go get yourself one (there’s a few good options at the end of the slide show!), or pull yours out of your closet and start wearing it!

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    Click through for 10 different ways to wear your cargo vest!

  • Belted Closed 2 of 14

    For those cool spring days, layer up your vest over a sweater and a long sleeved tee and then belt it up to keep yourself nice and warm!

    Similar sweater at Old Navy for $19.94

    Similar Vest at Old Navy for $29.94.

    Belt from Target for $16.99.

  • Complimentary Colors 3 of 14

    Play with color combinations! Go with complimentary colors (colors that are opposite from each other on the color wheel) like this red and green combo!

    Similar dress from Kohls for $42.00 (on sale!)

    Similar dress at Old Navy for $26.99.

    Similar Booties at Zappos for $83.00

  • Casual 4 of 14

    A cargo vest adds a little visual interest to a very casual and simple day dress! 

    Similar dress at Gap for $59.95.

    Similar Booties at Target for $34.99.

  • Over A Button Up 5 of 14

    Sometimes I'm worried about the bulkiness of a double collar, but this combination works well with the vest over a simple button up. I need to try it with my gingham button up too! 

    Plaid Button up from Old Navy for $24.95.

    Similar booties at Old Navy for $39.94.

  • Break Up Color 6 of 14

    When you're wearing a bright color all over, the neutrality of the vest helps break it up. 

    Similar top at for $44.99.

    Similar skirt at Garnet Hill for $88.

  • Casualize Sequins 7 of 14

    A cargo vest is a perfect layer for a dressy top. It helps casualize it and creates an interesting juxtaposition! 

    Similar Sequin Top at Bloomingdales for $69.00.

    Similar pumps at Dillards for $79.00.

  • Super Simple 8 of 14

    If you're wearing just jeans, a tee, and sandals, add a little something extra with a vest!

    Similar Top at Forever 21 for $13.80.

    Similar Jeans at Gap for $69.95.

  • Neon 9 of 14

    A neutral colored vest is a great way to tone down a bright neon color palette.

    Similar sweater at Gap for $39.95.

    Similar flats at Zappos for $47.99.

  • Layered 10 of 14

    Try playing with layers and patterns, like my tank dress over a striped tee. Then tone it down a bit with the addition of the cargo vest. 

    Similar dress at Wallis for $88.00.

    Similar top at Forever 21 for $7.80.

  • Open Belted 11 of 14

    Another belted option is to leave the vest open a few inches and tie the belt around it. You get more of a peek at your top underneath, and it creates a totally different overall look than if the vest is completely zipped. 

    Similar sweater at Nordstrom for $38.00.

    Similar skirt at JCPenney for $23.99.

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    This vest looks like a good lightweight option without too many pockets (which add bulk). It's a few inches longer than mine, but is a good color and an excellent price!

    Find it at Old Navy for $29.94 (in Khaki and Army Green!)

  • J.Crew Factory Vest 13 of 14
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    This vest is a similar length to mine, a perfect color (in mine opinion), and still a good price. I also like that the collar can zip all the way up, but can also fold down into a normal collar. a

    Find it at J.Crew Factory for $52.50.

  • Macy’s Vest 14 of 14
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    This vest is much more expensive, but looks like a great option. It also has raw edges at the shoulders which creates a more casual look. 

    Find it at Macy's for $149.

Find more of Merrick’s style and writing at Merrick’s Art

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