A Chic Vest to Help You Successfully Layer

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As cool as it looks, the art of layering can be tricky. Not all pieces are made for the task — the right proportions are required. You could go the pricier route, or you could try this perfectly tailored vest from Australian label the Fifth. Double breasted with lapels and structured pockets, it’s reminiscent of a classic suit jacket and is one of those rare pieces that can instantly pull together any tossed-together look — even your lived-in athleisure basics. But don't just limit yourself to casual pairings. The longer silhouette gives it more drama, so think about dressing it up with a fluffy turtleneck sweaterdress and great boots.

The Fifth New Moon Vest, $130 at ShopBop