I Waited Six Months for This Denim Vest, and It Was 100 Percent Worth It
What's that saying about the best things in life being the ones worth waiting for?
Peek into my closet, and you’ll see a sea of basics. I swear by black shirts and black jeans, which I pair with a rotation of denim, army, and leather jackets. My choice of wardrobe means it’s easy for me to find shirts I love—if they’re solid and dark-colored, I’ll take them—but I’m also always on the lookout for new outerwear.
Six months ago, I decided I needed a denim vest. My denim jacket gets a lot of (i.e., too much) use, and I decided a vest would be the perfect update for spring and summer. I thought it would be an easy wardrobe staple to find … I was so wrong.
It might have been the season—close to the end of summer, when stores are already stocking fall lines—or just that denim vests aren’t a must-have on many people’s lists, but I couldn’t find one anywhere. The only store stocking one was Madewell, my go-to anyway for high-quality, long-lasting wardrobe staples, but it was only available in an extra-small (something I could possibly squeeze into, but not a risk I was willing to take). So I decided to wait.
And wait I did, for six long months. I knew Madewell had stocked denim vests in the recent past, so they likely would again, and resigned myself to checking their site every week or two. I had just about given up hope when the Jean Vest in Albert Wash entered my life.
This cropped, light-wash denim vest was just what I’d been waiting for. Since it came from Madewell, I knew it’d be something I could rely on for years to come (the overalls I bought there in 2015 are still going strong, after all) and was thus worth the $80 investment. The close fit (I sized up to give myself a little breathing room) and cut is immensely flattering, and the wash is light enough that I can pair it with anything—I might even attempt the elusive denim-on-denim look.
I’ll be wearing my new denim vest all spring and summer long, possibly with my new Emmett Wide-Leg Crop Pants or even the Striped Plaza Dress (which I wish I’d bought and may return to buy in the near future). I’ve already worn it several times with long-sleeved shirts and sweaters this winter—freezing weather can’t stop me from wearing my new favorite denim accessory.