We’re well and truly living in the 90s again when it comes to fashion trends, from bucket hats and hair clips to slip dresses and scrunchies. Knitted vest tops, or sweater vests, started working their way back into our wardrobes towards the end of 2020, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Granted, it is a trend we thought we’d never see on anyone other than Chandler Bing via re-runs of Friends or men over the age of 80, but the knitted vest has fast become the most surprising must-have chic knitwear option.
So far, we’ve seen the humble knitwear piece strut down the runways of Dior, Saint Laurent, Gucci, Prada and countless more designer shows. And luckily for us, it wasn’t long before some of our favourite high-street retailers jumped on the trend, too.
There are plenty out there on the high street right now to choose from: Zara has plenty of styles in bold prints and graphic patterns, with and without added details such as glitzy buttons and frilly hems. Meanwhile, ASOS has lots of styles in neutral beiges and greys, plus a few good maternity options, too. Mango, Monki, M&S, Arket and Cos all also have a wide range of styles, and all at affordable prices, too.
As always, it’s all in the styling – pair yours with a crisp white shirt underneath, a plain white tee or go bare-armed, weather permitting. For your bottom half, style mavens might wish to opt for a dark wash wide leg jean for a 70s vibe, otherwise straight leg jeans, culottes and sharp tailored trousers all work a treat. You could also pair with a skirt, just be wary of stepping too far into Clueless territory.
Here are 11 styles of knitted vest tops and sweater vests we’ve spotted on the high street to buy right now – and they’re all under £70.