03/13/2012 08:05 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Sleeveless Jackets: 10 Reasons You Need One Now (PHOTOS)

A vest brings to mind the pinstriped, cropped topper that Bonnie (or Clyde for that matter) would wear. Typically menswear-influenced, it's pretty easy to find one in any collection from Ralph Lauren or Dolce & Gabbana as part of their immaculate suits.

This spring we are widening our approach to the tuxedo-inspired piece and thinking of them more as sleeveless jackets. Just as structured, but sans sleeves, they're perfect for quickly pulling your look together. Thrown over a colorful silk shirt or a pretty camisole, they offer coverage and even a bit of warmth. We are seeing them in longer lengths and various colors -- Phillip Lim did one in a soft pink that is perfect for the sunny days ahead. Paired with a skirt or even shorts, it's a fresh take on the suit. Here, ten sleeveless vests to accent just about any look.

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