Looking for new ways to spruce up a tired outfit? A waistcoat (vest) is one way to get more out of your wardrobe and they come in all colours, fabrics and styles. Layer it over a tee, singlet, shirt or favourite blouse. Or for an ultra rock-chick look, simply wear it on its own a la Kelly Clarkson.

My personal favourites come from Guess. This denim version (below left, US$69) and cropped style (below right, US$79) would look great over a t-shirt or singlet. See Hilary Duff for further inspiration.


For a more tailored look, pair collared vests like the ‘Iris vest’ (above left, US$79) and ‘Lux vest’ (above right, US$59) with some smart trousers, a pencil skirt or cropped pants. Charlize Theron has the right idea when it comes to waistcoats, proving that women can wear them just as well, if not better, than men. [Kimberley Foster]

Gemma Says: if you're looking to try this look in the UK, try Warehouse, Topshop and Asda for some great finds.