Style Suite: Well-Vested in the Office

Style Suite: Well-Vested Vogue in the Office

Welcome to the Style Suite with Kéla Walker, your source for fashion and style trends for power plays in the workplace. Every Tuesday and Thursday, she’ll share tips and suggestions to help maximize your style on a budget. Whether you’re the style devil in Prada or the apprentice with limited apparel, you’ll find something in the Style Suite to suit your needs.

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This season, stylists and fashion editors are getting vested in their style—literally. Vests are the new hot addition to the wardrobe and they’re not just for the fashion set but also for the average working girl on the go. Forget about the old stuffy, puffy and boring style of vests in the past. Cut in different styles, vests now add a cool factor. Look for them in an array of colors and follow the tips below on how to add this extra key piece to your wardrobe. (Shop the looks here.)

  • Avoid masculine cuts like those seen in a three-piece suit. Instead, look for vests in nontraditional cuts and cool colors to add something new and interesting to your office style.
  • Switch up your go-to working dress by layering a vest on top. Try a longer, belted version that will cinch the waist and add dimension to the dress, or wear the vest open for added versatility. The extra layer will help that good old dress look like new.
  • Layer a vest over a blouse and trousers for a cohesive look that has a little more depth than your typical shirt-and-pant pairing.
  • Play with embellished vests and unique cuts to add personality to your work wear. A motorcycle vest worn over a standard pencil dress will take a look from ordinary to extraordinary.

Vests are cool closet pieces that help mix things up in your wardrobe. Try adding one to your work wear to for a fresh new perspective. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how it will bump things up for you in the Style Suite.

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Kéla Walker is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer and TV host, who has contributed lifestyle and entertainment content for outlets including NBC’s LXTV, Getty Images, YRB Magazine, Madame Noire, and RTL Germany. She also has a passion for fashion and offers the latest in fab fashion trends and consumer deals with Her chic style and trendsetting blog has been lauded by sites including and Huffington Post Black Voices.