I love to wear vests. Not only are they practical in the Northeast United States, they're also an artistic statement, an article of clothing that helps bring the top and the bottom together. As my friends can tell you, they can also make a fun statement. On eBay I found a vest made out of a cat print based on a '70s design. I don't think I'd be far off in saying the style was similar to Milton Glaser. The reason I know is that I bought the matching wrapping paper in the '70s.
My problem with knitted vests is that the style tends to be masculine. Jean Kaori has designed a beautiful lapel wrap vest. In the photos on Ravelry she shows that when the vest isn't closed the lapels drape gracefully. I bought the pattern the same day I saw it, which is very unusual for me these days. Last night I unraveled a vest I had in progress because I'd rather use it for the lapel vest. I'm going to make one change to the pattern. I don't want to have to wear a belt with it and I don't like vests that won't close, so I'll add a loop and button to it. I don't think that'll be distracting.