The 18 Best Sweaters Vests To Channel Your Inner Dad

Once again, dads and nerds are absolutely winning the fashion game. We’ve already seen the rise of “ugly” sneakers, dad hats, Bermuda shorts, and ’70s-style glasses, just to name a few trends that have had us sweating in a good way. Now, with autumn upon us, we’re officially in the era of the sweater vest. These sleeveless wonders didn’t just appear out of the ether — luxury designers have been surfacing various styles throughout recent seasons — but the perfect-for-fall timing means this trend is peaking. And, we already took it upon ourselves to browse the top online shops for the very best sweater vests worthy of a very cool dad.

The classic standards like argyle and cable-knit are well-represented, but what’s more noteworthy are the fashion-forward silhouettes. There are the massively oversized sweater vests that could be worn as tunics, the itty-bitty cropped versions that fit like baby tees, and the chunky technicolor knits that incorporate Y2K-style crochet patterns. Ahead, shop the sweater vest styles that are bonafide chic but are also sure to get your pop’s stamp of approval.

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Cable Knit Sweater Vests

Perhaps the most classic sweater-vest iteration of all, the cable knit can often be found crafted from wool blends with high crew-neck collars and more streamlined silhouettes that are perfect for layering over top white button-downs — and, for pairing with your favorite pair of dad jeans.

Margaret O’Leary 100% Merino Wool Cable Vest, $, available at Margaret O’Leary

Abercrombie and Fitch Cable Knit V-Neck Sweater Vest, $, available at Abercrombie and Fitch

Pilcro Cable-Knit Tunic Vest, $, available at Anthropologie

Oversized Sweater Vests

Whether you wear them solo like a tank top or over a collared shirt, massive knit vests provide just the right amount of cozy professionalism.

Zara WHIP STITCH KNIT VEST, $, available at Zara

& Other Stories Oversized Knit Vest, $, available at & Other Stories

Hotapei Oversized V-Neck Sweater Vest, $, available at Amazon

Buttoned Sweater Vests

Sweater vests with buttons down the front might surpass dad style and go straight into grandpa territory — but with such sleek fabrics like ribbed knit and lightweight merino, who wouldn’t want to wear what is essentially a sleeveless cardigan?

Everlane The Cotton–Merino Sweater Vest, $, available at Everlane

Pilcro Washed Sweater Vest, $, available at Anthropologie

BDG Rowen Button-Front Sweater Vest, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Cropped Sweater Vests

These midriff-happy sweater vests are by far the most fashion-y style you could wear. The cropped length makes for an ideal combo with high-waisted jeans — or you can layer one atop an oversized button-up to create a cool silhouette straight out of Clueless.

Abound Plaid Sweater Vest, $, available at Nordstrom Rack

Romwe Floral Crop Sweater Vest, $, available at Amazon

Madewell Cropped Sweater Vest, $, available at Madewell

Crochet & Knit Sweater Vests

Looser and airier — but also chunkier and likely warmer — than other sweater vests, these crocheted or knit sweater vests are the style to grab if you’re into a more vintage, bohemian look.

Farm Rio striped knit vest, $, available at Farm Rio

Baum Und Pferdgarten Coastal Communities Coletta Wool-Blend Sweater Vest, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

NC Women’s Knit Crochet Squares Sweater Vest, $, available at Amazon

Turtleneck Sweater Vests

The most popular sweater vests are going to be V-neck, yes, but don’t overlook the turtleneck sweater vest. They tend to be the most versatile of the bunch, since they are more passable as a regular shirt (and complete look).

Theory Turtleneck Vest in Cashmere, $, available at Theory

LOULOU STUDIO Mélange wool and cashmere-blend turtleneck tank, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Mango cable knit roll neck sleeveless vest, $, available at ASOS

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