Most of you have heard the phrase “vested interest.” What exactly does that mean,  you ask? A vested interest can be defined as:

  1. A personal stake or involvement in an undertaking or state of affairs, especially one with an expectation of financial gain.

Let’s concentrate on a vested interest in a fashion gain. Ah, we’ll focus on the sassy,  brassy sleeveless garment known as the vest.

A vest is a sleeveless piece of clothing that covers the upper body, usually adding spice, pizzazz and a signature flair to an outfit.


The term vest derives from the French veste “jacket, sports coat,” Italian vesta, veste “robe, gown” and Latin vestis.

Vest Fun Fact: The sleeveless garment worn by men beneath a coat was first popularized by King Charles II of England.  A noted diary entry by Pepys records that “the King hath yesterday, in Council, declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes…It will be a vest, I know not well how; but it is to teach the nobility thrift.”

Vests: Suited for royalty!


Vests add glamour and appeal to skirts, suits, shorts, pants. Vests, when worn over a shirt or worn alone, can dress up an outfit with style and class.

Types of Vests:

  1. Waistcoat:  A sleeveless under-jacket.
  2. Cut-Off:  The cut-off is popular in biker cultures throughout Europe and North America. This type of vest is often made from cotton or denim and decorated with patches or pictures of biker related subjects and/or logos.
  3. A-Shirt:  Similar to the tank top in the United States and Canada.
  4. Sweater Vest:  A slipover, sleeveless sweater. In Australia this is referred to as a baldwin.
  5. Banyan: An Indian garment commonly called a vest in Indian English.
  6. Flannel Vest: A flannel garment worn instead of an overcoat.

Vested Interest – A Fashion Favorite!


Vest Fun Fact: Historically, flannel vests were regarded as a status symbol in some regions of the United States, Canada, and the Soviet Union, particularly in rural communities. This trend was re-ignited in the 1920s, when the flannel vest phenomenon was popularized in South Carolina. The re-emergence of the flannel vest as a counter-cultural statement in the 1990s was spearheaded by such grunge luminaries as Nirvana.

Are you looking for a clothing accessory to add just the right touch of fashion fab without bogging you down with heavy material? Try the lightweight vest; a fashion best!

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Vests look great whether the hem ends across the rib cage, at the waist, on the hips or below the hips. Some vests are styled to wear open in the front, however, vests come with button ups, zippers, slipovers or hooks.

Caress your chest with a snug, vogue, chic vest!


Other sleeveless jackets similar to vests are the tank top, hunting vest and fishing vest, which carries a profusion of external pockets for carrying fishing tackle. And of course, let’s not leave out the oh so needed bullet proof vest!

“My skirt and blouse ensemble looks a little bland.”

“A vest will spice up your outfit and make you look grand.”

“Much like the whip cream and cherry on top of ice cream.”

“Add five-inch heels to your outfit and you’ll look a scream.”

(Slide on vest)!

“You have great taste. This vest is what my outfit needs.”

“Now for the finishing touch add jewelry of rhinestones and beads.”

Exquisite! As a fashion diva, my expectations you exceed!


Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano


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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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