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15 Different Types of Vests – Explanation + Visual Guide

Whether you call them waistcoats or vests, I say they are the same thing, there are many different types of vests to choose from. Do you know them all?

Types of Vests

There’s a vest style for any event. It could be casual or formal. You just have to know which vest fits the occasion.

Sweater Vests

These styles of vests are also considered to be one of the many different types of sweaters. Sweater vests are mostly formal attire and you can wear them around the office to keep you warm when the air conditioning is a bit too cool.

Paul Jones Mens Knitted Pullover Sweater Vests V-Neck Cable Patterned M Grey
  • Features: V neck, Sleeveless, Ribbed trim, Rhombus and twist pattern decorate the front
  • Lightweight and soft mens vests casual, the fabric is high stretch and warm enough, resists wrinkles,shapes you perfectly
  • Stylish and trendy sleeveless pullover sweater vest,wearing with dress shirt or casual shirt shows formal for working and daily
  • Machine wash or hand wash in cold water. Do not bleach, hang dry or tumble dry low
  • Please choose your size according to our size chart images (Not the Amazon Size Chart)

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Woven Vest

These types of waistcoats (see what I did there?) are usually made of wool or another knitted material. These are simple yet fashionable pieces of attire that you can wear in both casual and formal settings.

Vest Jacket

These types of vests usually have a zipper or buttons to the front that you use to open or close the vest. Normally, you see people who are actively using these vest styles. For example, a jogger, hiker, etc.

Amazon Essentials Men's Full-Zip Polar Fleece Vest, Black, Large
  • This midweight fleece vest with high collar, full-zip front, and side seam pockets works as a finishing touch to a cool-weather look or a comfy base layer when it's time to bundle up
  • Features zippered pockets, elasticized arm openings and a straight hem
  • Winter made better: we listen to customer feedback and fine-tune every detail to ensure quality, fit, and comfort
  • Model is 6'2" and wearing a size Medium

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All you need is a nice pair of sweatpants and you’re set to go. However, some of these vest styles are chic enough to be worn in formal settings.

Puffer Vests

Puffer vests are so named because of their puffy/bloated appearance. They are best for cold temperatures like during the winter. This is because the material used to design these vests trap heat inside and works as an insulator.

Amazon Essentials Men's Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Puffer Vest, Navy, Small
  • Cold-weather style is easy with this versatile water-resistant lightweight puffer vest featuring a full-zip front and stand-up collar; packs neatly into included carrying bag with drawstring closure
  • Outfit the entire family with comfortable, quality clothing from Amazon Family
  • Winter made better: we listen to customer feedback and fine-tune every detail to ensure quality, fit, and comfort
  • Model is 6'1" and wearing a size Medium
Amazon Essentials Women's Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Puffer Vest, red, X-Small
  • Contoured seams bring a fitted shape to this water-resistant lightweight quilted vest
  • With zip pockets, stand-up collar and elasticized cuffs
  • Packs neatly into included carrying bag with drawstring closure
  • Outfit the entire family with comfortable, quality clothing from Amazon Family
  • Winter made better: we listen to customer feedback and fine-tune every detail to ensure quality, fit, and comfort

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Denim Vests

These vest styles are a great choice if you like wearing any type of jeans. Denim vests don’t really blend well with other types of pants. Some even double as a type of hoodie.

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Levi's Men's Trucker Jacket Outerwear, -Hybrid Hoodie/black, 3XL
  • Hits at hip
  • Regular fit
  • Denim body with fleece sleeves and hood
Denim Vest for Women Distressed Classic Button Sleeveless Jean Jacket Blue L
  • 🛒Features: Classic Style / Regular fit / Button up / Demin Washed / Single Breasted / Frayed Hem /Turn Down Collar / Two Chest pockets / Sleeveless Jean Jacket.
  • 🛒Material:100% Cotton. it comfortable to wear, Can be paired with various bottoms and goes great with skirts, dresses, jeans. each detail is meticulously designed and put in place to meet your...
  • 🛒Classic Denim Waistcoat, good denim thickness for a vest, thick enough to feel solid, thin enough to be flexible to body shape and not be stiff, Can be suitable for any Occasion / Season / Holiday...
  • 🛒Machine washes / washed / Do not bleach (better not wash with other color clothes , it's normal if a little color fading after washing ).
  • 🛒Size Care:Please check the product image or product description to check size details before order.Buy now before the stock ends!

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Gym Vest

These kinds of vests are your typical everyday vests. Gym vests come in a variety of colors, materials, and designs (though they are all sleeveless).

GAODI Women Waist Trainer Sauna Vest Slim Corset Neoprene Cincher Tank Top Weight Loss Body Shaper (XL, Black)
  • PREMIUM MATERIAL:Top quality neoprene,promote blood flow,increase body temperature,produce 3 times more sweat,help you burn more calories,for healthy prompt weight loss effect.
  • ABSORB SWEAT NEOPRENE:The hot vest absorbs sweat quickly to let you always dry and fresh outside,and it's the ideal material for sauna vest as it is stretchable,durable and flexible.
  • UPGRADE ZIPPER DESIGN:Our sauna vest is equipped with strong zipper middle open,wear and take off easily,also well made with exquisite sewing,won't be ripped easily and comfortable to wear.
  • PERFECT BODY SHAPER:The neoprene shirt helps increase sweat,burn fat and remove toxin to reduce waistline,flatten tummy,also enhance back & spinal support,improve posture,and shape elegant figure.
  • EFFICIENT MATERNITY CINCHER:This waist cincher helps postpartum recovery all process,reduce swelling,tighten skin,control tummy,support back,relief waist pain,ease transition of uterus and shrink it...
Men Waist Trainer Vest Hot Neoprene Corset Body Shaper Zipper Sauna Tank Top Workout Shirt (L, Black Neoprene Slimming Vest)
  • Sauna vest with Zipper burn fat more than regular gym clothing,helps posture for back and abs as you workout
  • Making you sweat like crazy when you workout keeps you body warm during cold days with minimal thermal cover with this underwear ,This Corset training vest can be worn under or over your regular...
  • Vests burn more fat, produce heat in a workout wearing Sauna Vest and accelerating your fat burning.
  • Material produce higher compression resulting in more sweating and help your body to sweat out harmful fats.Enhances the abdominal and spinal support
  • Wear the Shaper under jacket or dress around the house,when you're exercising,running errands or going out.You'll have a firmer posture,lower back support,and be sweating all day.

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Suit Vests

These are the types of vests that you’d find at weddings, business meetings, and the sort. Suit vests are stylish and add a bit of sophistication to your usual look.

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Gioberti Mens Formal Suit Vest, Black, Large
  • 70% Polyester, 30% Rayon
  • Formal Suit Vest With Real Pockets, Adjustable Back Strap with buckle for Comfort Fit
  • 5 Button Front For Sizes XS - 2X
  • 6 Button Front For Sizes 3X - 5X
  • Your choice for all formal or informal special occasions: wedding party, groomsmen, graduation, prom, family pictures, office, school performances. Dress it up with your favorite dress shirt....

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Fur Vests

These vest types as the name suggests are made of fur. It can be faux fur or authentic fur. Fur vests are stylish and are usually reserved for posh occasions.

Escalier Women Faux Fur Vest Waistcoat Sleeveless Jacket, Khaki, 8/10
  • Feature:2 hooks to close the front,fully lined,and 2 comfortably sized pockets
  • Only faux fur used on these items. No animals were hurt in the making of these vests.
  • Open front faux fur vest,keep you warm,perfect for autumn,Occasion: Casual,Office/Career,Party/Evening.
  • The Newest Bust Size for Fur Vest:US2=37",US4=38",US6=39",US8=40",US10=41",US12=42.5",US14=44.5",US16=46.5"
  • Note:According to customer feedback ,we have adjusted our size and add the US14&US 16,Please check the newest size chart before ordering.

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Fleece Vests

These kinds of vests are a good alternative to puffer vests. Fleece vests are able to keep you warm and match with most outfits because they come in several designs and colors.

Amazon Essentials Men's Full-Zip Polar Fleece Vest, Navy, Large
  • This midweight fleece vest with high collar, full-zip front, and side seam pockets works as a finishing touch to a cool-weather look or a comfy base layer when it's time to bundle up
  • Features zippered pockets, elasticized arm openings and a straight hem
  • Winter made better: we listen to customer feedback and fine-tune every detail to ensure quality, fit, and comfort
  • Model is 6'2" and wearing a size Medium
Amazon Essentials Women's Classic Fit Sleeveless Full-Zip Polar Soft Fleece Vest, Navy, Large
  • This midweight fleece vest with a high collar, full-zip front, and side seam pockets works as a finishing touch to a cool-weather look or a comfy base layer when it's time to bundle up
  • With zippered pockets, elasticized shoulders and contoured side seams for a fitted look
  • Fits with slight ease through the body
  • Everyday made better: we listen to customer feedback and fine-tune every detail to ensure quality, fit, and comfort
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Tuxedo Vests

Tuxedo vests are the types of vests that you’d wear under a jacket or on top of a button-down shirt. These vest styles are usually reserved for formal occasions.

Paul Malone Black Paisley Tuxedo Vest Set
  • SIZE 3X-LARGE (CHEST SIZE 48in. ). To determine the correct size for your Formal Vest, the most important measurement is the chest width. With a tape measure, measure the width around the widest part...
  • Includes 3-pieces: Tuxedo Vest, Necktie, Pocket Square
  • Classic Paisley Pattern
  • This Vest Set is designed and made by famous Tie Maker Paul Malone Palm Beach. This high Qulaity Tuxedo Vest Set is great for all formal occasions, such as Weddings, Proms or Graduations. Spice up...
  • This Vest has a Classic Fit, can be adjusted within its size with the strap in the back.

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Gilet Vests

gilet is a sleeveless jacket resembling a waistcoat or blouse. It may be waist- to knee-length and is typically straight-sided rather than fitted. Gilet vests are usually worn as outwear and are a good choice for keeping warm during cold weather. Some even have pockets.

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Fuinloth Women's Padded Vest, Stand Collar Lightweight Zip Quilted Gilet Green S
  • ❤ Stand collar, 2 sides zip up pockets, front zipper closure, shaped waist on the back, sleeveless quilted vest
  • ❤ Regular fit and lightweight fashion vest for women with fully lined inside which is designed to keep you stay in warm and comfy
  • ❤ Sizes shown are U.S. standard. In case your usual size is in between two available sizes, we would recommend the 💕GREATER💕 of the two, especially when you plan to wear a thick sweater inside
  • ❤ Shipped by Amazon (2-3 days). Both OK for machine or hand washing (Better Air-dry)
  • ❤ Model Height: 5'9"(175cm) / Bust: 33"(84cm) / Waist: 25"(64cm) / Hips: 36"(91cm) / Size of vest displayed: S

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Biker Vests

Biker vests are almost always leather vests. You’ve probably seen them on a biker or a cowboy at some point in time.

Milwaukee Leather MLM3540 Men's Distressed Brown 10 Pocket Leather Vest with Gun Pockets - 3X-Large
  • Classics Four Snap Front Look
  • Side Lace Detail
  • Dual Side Concealed Weapon and Ammo Pockets
  • 6 Inside Pockets for Storage
  • Single Panel Back for Club Patches
Mens Distressed Leather 10 Pocket Vest Brown (XL)
  • Men's Top Quality Vintage Distressed Brown Leather 10 Pocket Vest
  • Classic Four Snap Front in Antique Brass w/ Side Lacing, 2 Front Zipper Pockets and 2 Coin Pockets
  • 6 Inside Pockets Including Dual Concealed Weapon Gun Pockets and Ammo Pocket
  • Interior Patch Access Pocket w/ Bonus Media Pocket
  • We suggest to buy one size up for better fit. Mens matching jacket and Chaps Single panel back ideal for Club patches

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Quilted Vests

These types of vests tend to look similar to puffer vests. This is because quilted vests provide insulation. However, there are super breathable, lightweight and water-resistant. Quilted vests are regularly made using synthetic fibers like nylon and polyester.

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Fuinloth Women's Padded Vest, Stand Collar Lightweight Zip Quilted Gilet Green S
  • ❤ Stand collar, 2 sides zip up pockets, front zipper closure, shaped waist on the back, sleeveless quilted vest
  • ❤ Regular fit and lightweight fashion vest for women with fully lined inside which is designed to keep you stay in warm and comfy
  • ❤ Sizes shown are U.S. standard. In case your usual size is in between two available sizes, we would recommend the 💕GREATER💕 of the two, especially when you plan to wear a thick sweater inside
  • ❤ Shipped by Amazon (2-3 days). Both OK for machine or hand washing (Better Air-dry)
  • ❤ Model Height: 5'9"(175cm) / Bust: 33"(84cm) / Waist: 25"(64cm) / Hips: 36"(91cm) / Size of vest displayed: S
Amazon Brand - Goodthreads Men's Quilted Vest, Black X-Large
  • An essential layer for training, this performance jacket provides maximum mobility and comfort
  • Button closure, elasticized armholes and zip pockets
  • At Goodthreads, we are on a mission to create incredible clothes crafted with care

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Tweed Vests

Tweed vests are similar to the suit vest. These kinds of vest originated in Britain where it was ordinarily used for hunting or horseback riding. These days there are some exceptionally fashionable pieces.

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Gioberti Men's 6 Button Slim Fit Formal Herringbone Tweed Vest, Barleycorn Tan, X Large
  • 70% Polyester, 30% Rayon
  • Formal Suit Vest with Real Pockets; 2 Front Pockets, 1 Chest Pocket
  • 6 Vintage Leather Look-like Buttons
  • Adjustable Back Strap with buckle for Comfort Fit
  • Suitable for formal or casual occasions: wedding party, groomsmen, graduation, prom, family pictures, office. Great to wear under a Suit Jacket, Sports Jacket or by itself. Available in a wide range...
VOBOOM Mens Herringbone Tailored Collar Waistcoat Fullback Wool Tweed Suit Vest (Khaki, Large)
  • Fabric: 50%wool50%polyester. Lining:100%polyester
  • Single breasted vest design, tailored collar, 5 buttons and 2 real side pockets ( need to remove the thread to use)
  • Back adjustable belt offers more accurate fit
  • Wool blend vest for casual comfort and available in 5 traditional color choices
  • Size runs small, please check the size information carefully to make sure your measurement before ordering. Fits may vary by styles, body types

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