Tell us: Will You Wear Cropped Vests?

08/29/2006 at 12:00 PM ET

Some fall trends seem easier to swallow than others– while ankle boots are causing a general panic, cropped vests seem like an easy way to incorporate the fall menswear’s trend into your wardrobe. Sure, they look great on Anne Hathaway (left) and Lucy Liu, but what is the best way for you to work them into your closet? Here are a few of our favorite ways to wear a vest, without looking like one of the boys.

1. Shorter vests look great layered over button down shirts (like Rebecca and Drew‘s) at work or over a tee-shirt to keep it casual on the weekends.

2. Try them with a longer shirt and skinny jeans or keep it fitted on top and pair with wide legged pants, for a Katherine Hepburn look.

3. The one shown here from Old Navy, $27, still seems feminine with all the lace trim.

What do you think? Would you wear a cropped vest? Or do you shy away from menswear styles?

For more vests and how to wear them, check out PEOPLE’s StyleWatch Fall issue, on sale now at newsstands.

Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty; courtesy of Old Navy

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Allison T. on

I think this is a style only for the thin and waifish. If you look more like Dolly Parton than Ann Hathaway, short vests are definitely NOT for you!!!

Emily on

Anne looks hot! I don’t know if I could pull this look off though!

Peach on

I kind of agree with Allison, if you’re busty it might be a hard style to wear. Very cute, though.

roxyseabreeze on

I think they are okay…but not super crazy about them…

Heather King on

NO. it is so 80s.

Barbara on

No, no, a thousand times no!


Emily on

I hate this look. It is absolutely rediculous. If you want to dress like a man, then just dress like a man. It reminds me of the late 80s, early 90’s. Next thing they’ll be saying we should wear tuxedos……

cha cha on


Alexandra on

I actually have that vest from Old Navy, although it’s in a grey color. It looks great over regular t-shirts, polos, and stuff.

I daring outfit look that I created was you wear a plain white or grey t-shirt under a vest, then pair that with cloth plaid shorts, try the pair at Old Navy, and you can layer ankle length leggings, or opaque grey or black tights under the shorts, and wear ankle boots or pumps.

It’s a femanine way to wear the hip menswear look.

Paula on

Of course it’s 80s but fashion always comes back in. Where do you think skinny jeans came from? Everyone will be wearing these.

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