Fashion Trend Report: Moto Vests

The sleeveless style is perfect for springtime layering.

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Fashion Trend Report: Moto Vests
3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2014
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Here's the thing about a good, old-fashioned motorcycle jacket: it bestows an instant dose of cool-girl charm, no matter what you happen to be wearing underneath. Thrown over a basic tee and jeans, the style reeks of off-duty-model insouciance; atop a silky watercolor-print dress, it feels fresh and bold. Basically, it's the outerwear equivalent of Beyoncé: in our book, it can do no wrong.

The same holds true for the jacket's warm-weather counterpart, the moto vest. A hit on the spring runways of Saint Laurent, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rebecca Taylor, the sleeveless look packs all the edgy allure of the traditional motorcycle cut in a spring-friendly topper that's perfect for layering.

Consider the leather-and-tweed Parker version that Rashida Jones recently donned with a T-shirt and prim plaid midi skirt, or the easy denim style Gwen Stefani threw over an all-black ensemble. In both cases, the vest elevates the outfit from simple to irresistibly street-chic. 

Fashion Trend Report: Moto Vests
Rashida Jones in Parker vest
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Fashion Trend Report: Moto Vests
Model at Paris Spring 2014 Fashion Week
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Fashion Trend Report: Moto Vests
Gwen Stefani
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Have a vested interest? Consider one of the ultra-wearable neutral styles in stores now, and pair it with everything from pencil skirts and party pants to sundresses and sleek shorts. Truly, it's kind of hard to mess this one up. Shop our picks below. 

Fashion Trend Report: Moto Vests

Addison Tweed Moto Vest, $188, at Shopbop; Saturday/Sunday Knit Moto Vest, $88, at Anthropologie; DL1961 Denim Vest, $178, at Shopbop

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