3 Ways to Style a Utility Vest for Fall

Happy Wednesday lovelies! I don’t know about you all but I’m getting so pumped for Thanksgiving and getting together with all of my family! We’re having an early Thanksgiving dinner this weekend at my brother and sister-in-law’s house, and I’m really excited to see everyone and catch up. Plus, I must admit I’m pretty excited about turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy lol.


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Anyways, I’m so excited to be back today with a fashion post on one of my new favorite items this fall- an olive utility vest! And you’ll never believe where I found it!  Sam’s Club, ya’ll. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking I’m crazy, but seriously how cute is it? This vest features the perfect drawstring waist and the cutest pockets!

If you’ve been debating purchasing a utility/cargo vest for awhile, I’ll just go ahead and tell you it’s such a versatile piece for your wardrobe- most especially in the fall months. Although I styled it three different ways today, I could probably come up with another 5 ways right off the top of my head. Whether you dress it up or down, it looks adorable on literally every shape and this specific one really accentuates the waist. And in case you have zero luck finding one in your local store, I found an almost identical one on Zulily right now!

Outfit 1: Basic Casual- Perfect for everyday wear!


For this look I paired gorgeous wine colored leggings with a basic black top and cute high heeled boots, and added in a floral scarf to tie it all together.



It’s such a simple, basic look yet it would look adorable for everyday wear for the Fall season.


Outfit 2: Chic Fashionista- Perfect for shopping & a lunch date!


I’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to finally break out my black hat this Fall, and it seemed like the obvious choice paired with this utility vest. To complete the look I chose a black and white leopard top, dark skinny denim jeans (cuffed), and super adorable black booties from Target.



This look is perfect for a day out shopping with the girls or looking super chic while going on a safari- you take your pick! πŸ˜‰


Outfit 3: Dressy Autumn- Perfect for date night or dinner with friends!


I cannot tell you how much I love the color of this sweater– it’s so pretty! And when you match it up with this olive colored vest, it’s the perfect choice. To complete this autumn inspired look, I paired it with my fave white skinnies from Belk, added in a gorgeous gold layered necklace, and the softest, suede, over-the-knee boots ever.



I simply adore the back v-detail on the vest too and how it mimics the look of the over-the-knee boots- so cute!


So tell me, do you own a utility vest? If not, have I made you jump on the bandwagon? Tell me which look you loved the most in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!-Cara

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    1. Thanks Erin! I’ve been able to style it several ways this fall, so it’s definitely been a good piece to have! πŸ™‚

  1. So many pretty options! I love the utility vest with the floral scarf and with the animal prints. I also love it with stripes. It’s such a versatile piece that really looks great on everyone.

  2. So adorable as always. I love utility vests. I actually got one for my sister this year for Christmas and I know Andy got me another one too, haha.

  3. I need that vest in my life! Love how you styled it. I keep talking about how much I want a military green vest or jacket, but I still don’t have one!

  4. I love all three looks but I think the last one with the OTK boots is perfect for fall! Love the vest you have–I need one for myself! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing, Cara!

  5. Oooo! I particularly like the second look. I think the black and green look good together, and there’s something about that combo with the jeans that I really like. I don’t have a utility vest. Maybe I can find one πŸ™‚

    1. Thank-you! I think just about everywhere has them these days, so hopefully you can find a good deal on one! πŸ™‚

  6. I wanted to get an olive utility vest last year but couldn’t find one at a good price. This year I snagged on from Kohl’s for $17 (on sale and with a coupon) and I love it!

  7. Such cute outfits! I’d never think to pair a vest with a leopard print top. It looks great! Definitely going to reconsider getting myself a vest.

  8. Oh, i love how you have styled all 3 looks! This vest is the perfect color, works with everything! Gorg pics too!

    1. You’re so welcome! Not only does it work well for the fall months, but you can even style it in the spring/summer paired with cute tanks/maxi dresses. πŸ™‚

  9. How awesome that you found that vest at Sams. I love all of the looks! The second one is my favorite. There are so many great ways to incorporate a vest into your look.

    1. Thank-you! I figured at the time if I didn’t love it, it wasn’t too expensive, but I’ve ended up loving it so much! Such a versatile piece! πŸ™‚

  10. Oh I LOVE them all but my favorite has to be the pop of red with a white jeans! You are so so cute and I love the versatility you showed us!

    1. It’s weird because you wouldn’t think a utility vest would be that versatile, but it definitely is! πŸ™‚

  11. I love all of these looks. I think the first one is my favorite! Definitely need to pick up a utility vest… they’re so versatile!

    1. Thanks Emily! I couldn’t believe how many different looks I came up with once I started thinking about it. Such a versatile piece! πŸ™‚

  12. I actually do not own a utility vest! I wish I did. I LOVE all 3 outfits that you created but the first is my favorite.

    1. Thanks! The color possibilities with that look are endless too- you could switch up the leggings, top, and scarf to create several different looks. πŸ™‚

  13. Ahhhh I love all the ways you have styled this vest and each look is so different. I especially love the animal print with it, that is so different.

  14. I love love love that vest – and pairing the olive green color with those wine legging was such a great idea! I’m so thankful you posted a similar one. I’ll definitely have to grab it! It’s so cute!

  15. Perfection! I I keep saying I’m going to get myself one of these and I haven’t yet…….Definitely need to though! I love the look with the white jeans too! Looks fab!

  16. Thank you for this, I was given a utility vest and wasn’t sure what to do with it. Now I know and it couldn’t look better.

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