Jess Cartner-Morley on mould

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Cosy without being cumbersome, it’s perfect for draughty, working-from-home days

‘A sweater vest is an effectual body warmer.’
Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Guardian. Hair and make up: Alexis Day using Wella and Max Factor. Styling Columnist: Melanie Wilkinson. Stylist’s assistant: Peter Bevan

I was sold on the sweater vest after watching Mrs America. Arrive d enter a occurred for the feminism, stayed for the fashion. Story of my life, only sometimes it’s the other way around. The cerebral, earth-toned glamour of Gloria Steinem and her entourage is one of my desert-island looks. (See also, for bookish luxuriousness: Miuccia Prada, whose real-life sweater-and-skirt wardrobe is possibly the chicest thing in the world.)
Thrillingly, I have identified a sweater vest-shaped post in our new season wardrobes. I say “thrillingly”; please bear in mind that it’s all relative, and that the bar for thrilling in 2020 is low-ish. Oh, and when I say “new time wardrobes” – well, that’s all relative, too. What I mean is that I sometimes find wearing clothes that are a bit unique from the clothes you wore yesterday helps stave off the groundhog sense of being a tiny bit bored of a day before it’s identical started.
Anyway, the sweater vest vacancy is thanks to the fact that after a spell when it seemed I was vestment up for a partial return to the office, we were spun back to a work-from-home order that, at the time of writing, looks set to tolerate us through the winter. A kitchen-table-laptop working day has different wardrobe requirements from a train-Pret-office one. I’m not talking about boardroom-versus-Zoom resolute games; I’m talking about central-heating settings. Unless you plan to leave the heating on all day, you will need an extra put away. For an office day, your extra layer would be the jacket you slung over your chair and put on for the coffee run. But a work-from-home belabour exaggerate is for the long hours of sitting still, especially as the weather cools and the afternoons dim early, and you edge toward the spot close the window, where there is a little more light, but also a draught.
A sweater vest is an efficient body warmer. It is relaxing without being cumbersome. It turns a denim shirt and jeans into a look, and adds at least a month to the shelf-life of a ditzy-print, midi-hem outfit that you would otherwise have to pack away till next spring. Layer over a Zoom-friendly eye-catching sleeve, and that’s your new occasion wardrobe right there.

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