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Owning a fleece vest, while it may not be the height of modern fashion, can give you a casual piece to work into your outfits that is functional as well as comfortable. Although your fleece vest may be out of place at a cocktail party, you can layer it with some of your favorite pieces to create a comfortable look that is just right for running errands around town, relaxing at home or wearing at casual events. Try your fleece vest with different outfits to find the one that looks best.

Appropriate Uses for Fleece Vest

Always wear your fleece vest with a long-sleeved shirt. Whether it is a plain long-sleeved t-shirt, or a long-sleeved button-down, the extra length on the sleeves will help to balance out the look. A fleece vest worn with a t-shirt can look awkward and haphazard. You can even layer a short-sleeved shirt over a long-sleeved one if you prefer the look.

Choose pants when you put together an outfit with your fleece vest. Skirts are not a good choice for such a casual piece of outerwear. Jeans are one option, but you can also pair it with fleece pants, sweatpants and even cords, as long as they are cut casually.

Layer your fleece vest with other pieces if you are specifically looking for warmth. Sometimes it's better to layer pieces instead of wearing one large warm piece, like a sweater. Try layering your fleece vest over a long sleeved t-shirt, adding a scarf and some gloves, and a warm coat over it. That way, if you get too warm, you only have to remove your coat and you still have a good layer underneath.

Keep the accessories to a minimum when wearing your fleece vest. Necklaces, rings and bracelets will look out of place with such a casual piece of clothing. Instead, stick to stud earrings, a simple chain and a watch, if you must accessorize it.

Wear your fleece vest only to casual occasions and events. A fleece vest has no place at a semi-formal or even business casual event. Keep it for very casual holiday parties, shopping or an informal lunch at a casual dining restaurant. And of course, feel free to wear it while hiking or running.