I make a lot of vests because taking off sleeves and adding details make old jackets and sweaters much more functional. Vests fit better under coats so you can layer without bulk. A vest will give the illusion of a slimmer hip due to the added "weight" on your upper torso. Add a hat, gloves and scarf to a heavier vest and you won't need a coat on chilly afternoons....body heat stays in while keeping you from sweating in a heavy coat. Vests work as season transition pieces for your wardrobe as well...so check out vests!