“ An essential wardrobe classic that goes with everything, alone during the summer or under a jacket in colder times for a nice straightforward look. This fashion essential which can be worn endlessly also costs around ?2. „
New Look is a great place to pick up some basic clothes. I buy a lot of ?throwaway' clothing there such as t-shirts and vests. What you get is decent quality but they are a lot cheaper than most other high street shops. I don't mind buying plain things there but for more special clothing I tend to go somewhere else or buy online.
Their strappy vests are great and I usually buy a couple every year for the summer as they look great paired with a pair of skinny jeans.
The vests are very basic but they do come in a range of different colours. I usually just buy myself a black and a white one as I think that these look best but you can also get them in brighter colours too if that is what you like.
They are made from 90 per cent cotton and 10 per cent viscose so they have a slight stretch to them but it is best not to stretch them too much or else they will lose their shape. They are slim fitting so they will stick to all your lumpy bits so make sure and get the right size.
They are easy to wash and I just wash them with everything else in the washing machine and dry them in the drier and they come out fine.
I really like these vests for a casual summer look. I think they look great paired with skinny jeans or even cropped trousers. There is something that about pairing a string vest with jeans that I think looks sexy and I always feel that way in the vest. I go to the gym and I work hard to keep in shape and I like wearing the vest to show off my hard work. I also like that they feel very lightweight when the weather is warm.
These only cost 2.99 so although they are decent quality they won't last for ever and I normally get a lot of wear out of them during the summer but I do find that eventually after a few months they do start to lose their shape and also their colour but I expect this for the money and I just throw them out and buy myself some more the next year.
Recently I was placing an order on the New Look website and while having a little browse around to fill up my basket in order to get free delivery I spotted these vests. I paid £7.50 for black, white and grey shoestring vest tops making them just £2.50 each.
Shoestring vests are vest tops that have shoestring thin straps on them, I like to wear these vests underneath thin jumpers during chilly Summer evenings and if I want to wear a cardigan and ensure that I do not have too much cleavage or chest on display. Vests are ideal for me to wear over T-shirt bras as they are not too thick and for me they are an essential part of my wardrobe whether they have 'spaghetti' straps, 'shoestring' straps or anything else.
This vest is suitable for washing at 30 degrees. I usually wash mine at either 20C (a cold wash) or 30C (normal wash) with other similar colours. I have had no problems with bobbling or discolouration occurring at all and I have washed all 3 of my vests at least 3 or 4 times so far. This alone makes them fantastic value for money for me as I feel that for £2.50 each and to still be in perfect condition after a few washes makes them really great value for money.
These vests are made from 100% cotton and are soft and stretchy. The vest sits comfortably over my chest area and they are available in sizes from XS to L. There is a size guide on the New Look website that makes it simple to check what size is needed. I have found that the size guide is pretty accurate, for me at least, and I was pleased that the vest weren't too tight or uncomfortable. These vests have a rounded neckline which is ideal for me and means that I don't worry about too much cleavage showing in one area, instead the rounded neckline gives me a smooth look and if I am wearing a nice cardigan I can button this up to just above the neckline of one of these vests and it looks nice and isn't noticeable at all. These vests are quite thin and the straps are thin, as I said before, but I cannot see through this vest unless I have a VERY loud bra on and then I can just about make it out, well, when wearing the white vest anyway.
Overall it is fair to say that I really like these vests. At the moment I have these vests in three colours, grey, white and black, and these have been a very handy part of my wardrobe. I can wear these alone or with cardigans and I can also wear these underneath a jumper. These vests are thin so they are comfortable to wear and I do not feel hot or restricted when wearing one of these vests. I am really pleased with these vests, particularly for just £2.50 each, and I will not hesitate to buy these vests again in the future. New Look have really gone up in my estimation in the last few months and that is in part thanks to these vests. I have been recommending them to my friends and next time I need to bump up an order online I will not hesitate to buy these in different colours again. The straps are thin, that should be obvious, but they do not feel unsupportive or like they are going to snap at all. I have had absolutely no problems with the strength of these straps and that is just another reason why I love these vests. 5/5 from me!
New Look basic shoestring vest tops
I never really shopped in New Look until I fell pregnant and their range of maternity clothes was absolutely one of the best around. And since then (as thankfully I've not been pregnant for a while) there are a few items that I buy time and time again from New Look, including some of their basic items such as their shoestring vest tops.
The New Look basic shoestring vest tops are a very basic no fuss vest top, they have a rounded neckline and thin straps. They are also made from 90% cotton and 10 % Viscose, which gives them a nice soft texture. I own loads and loads of these vests as they are only £2.99 each or they sometimes do bundles for an even better price. The vests also come in a variety of colours and they wash and wear relatively well, even with demanding needs. When I first started breastfeeding I found that nursing tops where either ridiculously expensive or quite frumpy looking so I ended up layering my clothes so I had a vest top to pull down and a top to pull up, keeping me pretty much covered and even with constant pulling at the New Look basic shoestring vest tops they have still pretty much retained their shape - I did tend to buy a bigger size than I needed thou.
They New Look basic shoestring vest tops are a basic no frills design, but I personally love them and I wear them all the time, both alone and as a layer to other tops. And for the price I think that they are a great wardrobe basic. It will be one New Look item that I will undoubtedly be buying more of in the future, they just come in handy all year round and really where a life saver when I was breastfeeding as they gave me the freedom to wear what I wanted rather than what few nursing tops I had managed to find.
Five out of five stars.
New Look along with the supermarket is one of my favourite places to buy my basic clothing from as I don't want to spend lots of money on simple items and besides even though they are quite cheap they last me a decent amount of time and I don't see the point in spending more money on something like a plain vest when I can buy a pack of three for only £7.50 or for £2.99 each.
I practically like in vests and sleeveless tops when the weather is hot as I like to try and remain as cool as possible and besides I work hard working out and want to show off my arms.
These vests from New Look are made from 100 per cent cotton so they feel nice and cool on my skin and the fabric can actually breathe meaning that I don't sweat loads in them. They also wash really well and don't lose their shape or fade really badly either.
I think they look good just with skinny jeans and either ballet pumps or ankle boots for a modern but casual look.
You can get them in all sorts of bright colours but I tend to usually stick with either black or white as I think these have a much more classic but still modern look to them.
The neckline is scooped so it is flattering as long as you don't have a massive bust and I also like the thinness of the straps which are thick enough to make me feel secure but they are thin enough that I barely notice them on my shoulders.
These vests do have some stretch to them so they do cling a little bit which I think is fine on me but if you are carrying some extra weight that you are paranoid about then these will cling to it so you might be better off looking for a vest which doesn't have so much stretch to it or go up a size bigger than you normally are.
For £2.99 a vest I really haven't got anything bad to say about these vests and they are a staple in my wardrobe.
My wardrobe and drawers are full of some lovely interesting pieces I love to wear but like everyone's clothes collection there is always some basic pieces you find yourself buying again and again. The New Look basic shoestring vest this year renamed the strappy vest is a classic style that is rolled out by shops year after year. This year I decided to replace my old ones and buy some new from New Look in three different colours.
The New Look strappy vest is advertised as a basic classic and that is what it is. The neckline of the vest is rounded and not too high and the straps are as you would expect shoestring meaning very thin. The tops are made from 100 percent cotton and are quite thin making them very comfortable to wear in warm weather. Although they are quite thin I have the vest in white and I can assure you they are not see through!
The material is stretchy and soft too touch making it extremely comfortable to wear. Although the material is stretchy I have had my vest for three months now and they are still holding their shape very well. I have worn mine quite a bit with the hot weather of July and warm weather of August. It is recommended they are washed at 40 degrees which I do with just a general wash and they wash really well none of the colours have faded especially the black one as black can be a terrible one to fade.
These types of vest tops are very versatile as too how you wear them. As well as been worn as a top itself you can wear them under something especially if you feel the top item is a bit low. Putting this top underneath would give you that bit more comfort and as it is quite thin wouldn't make you look bulky or get too hot. I personally wear mine on their own with a pair of shorts or I have a few skirts I wear them tucked into. They are perfect for tucking in and don't scrunch up round the tummy as the stretchy material holds them nicely giving a crisp look.
As the tops have shoestring straps bra straps may be a problem for you. Personally I don't care my straps on two of my bras are relatively thin, yes you can see them a little but as I am relatively large up there it is obvious I'm wearing a bra anyway! Sometimes I do wear a strapless bra and I must admit it does look nicer with just the very thin straps of the top showing.
The tops are available from New Look in a variety of colours. There is your classic white and black, nude colour, navy blue, fuscia, a pinky colour and more depending on what your store stocks. I have the tops in black, white and a pinky colour and find use for all three often. The tops retail at £2.99 and can be bought on multi buy too. There are two offers 2 for £5 or 3 for £7.50 on vest and bandeaus. So you are saving a small amount if you intend on buying more than one. I personally think £2.99 is a great price for a basic yet versatile top.
I always have a few vest tops in my wardrobe - largely in white or black these days but in my younger years all manner of bright colours. When I was younger, I wore them as summer tops - especially ideal for holidays abroad - but these days I usually wear them under other things - hence the neutral colour choices! I usually wear them if my top is slightly low cut or see through or if I have a particularly chunky cardigan on in winter that just needs something very light underneath.
Because of my use, I do not necessarily need them to be of the highest quality so I tend to pick them up when I see them at a good price. Most recently, that was these vest tops at New Look which were just £2.99 each. They are also currently on promotion at 2 for £5 or 3 for £7.50. They are a variety of colours available so great for the summer months. The vests are 100% cotton and basic looking with a rounded neck and very thin straps over the shoulders. They are made to be fairly tight fitted but I find that there is also a bit of give around the stomach area so they don't sit too tight here - which is more flattering for me!
The vests are comfortable and cool to wear. Even under another top they are not too hot. I do find that the back is cut quite low and can sometimes ride down a little to reveal the back of your bra. Not a problem for me as I wear with another top but worth baring in mind. Mine have washed up really well, maintaining size and shape well. The label says can be washed at 30 degrees but I wash at 40 and this brings them up well. The black has not faded noticeably like black clothes can sometimes do and the white has remained bright rather than become off white. The stitching on the vest is good and I have had no problems here either nor have any holes or tears appeared despite my all year round use.
Overall, for £2.99 I don't think you will find much better. Great value and, at that price, it doesn't matter if you only wear for one season before ruining with sun cream etc. They are ideal for holiday as they are cool and lightweight too - so great for the baggage allowance! Definitely recommended.
I've been a fan of shoestring vest tops since I was a teenager, which is a long time! I've bought them from a variety of shops over the years and in recent years I have had a few from New Look who do a good range of colours although I mainly stick to black or white. They have a spacious stores and there is one on most high street, this makes it easy to pop in when I'm passing and need a new one.
What is it made of?
I always thought these tops were 100% cotton but on looking at the label they are actually only 50% cotton the other 50% being modal (a type of rayon). This combination makes a top with a soft finish which washes well. I also regularly put these tops in the tumble dryer and they come out without any creases and ready to wear.
When do I wear them?
In the summer nearly all the time when I'm at home. I'm a stay at home Mum 3 days a week and these are great to wear with shorts during the summer. They look good with jeans too and although they only have a shoestring strap I find that I can wear them over a bra of the same colour with thin straps and that they look fine.
In the winter months I wear these as vests as an extra layer. I find layering my clothes the best way to keep warm and these tops being next to my skin work really well.
I also found these vest tops really useful when I was breast feeding, I used to wear them under a chunky cardigan and it was easy to slip the straps off and put the cardigan back on whilst I fed them.
I have had one strap come away from the main body of material which I haven't had happen to other brands. It was easily fixed though and overall I have been happy with the quality.
Price and availability
These tops are really good value at £2.49 and New Look normally have all sizes available in their stores. You can guarantee if there is a size missing though that it'll be the one I want!
Would I recommend?
Yes, cheap enough to have a variety of colours if you wish. I wear these vest tops for most of the year.
I have got quite a few shoestring vests in my wardrobe in a wide range of colours. I own two of these from New Look, a white one and a black one and I can say that I have had a lot of wear out of them. I will only wear them on their own when I am on holiday as I am very conscious of my not so firm upper arms but for some reason don't mind inflicting them on strangers!
When I wear them on their own on holiday I will wear a strapless bra as the straps are very thin and you would see most of the strap underneath and I don't like to see this. I probably get more use out of them at home when I will wear them underneath some of my tops which are either too low or of a sheer material, and also underneath cardigans where I will leave it open so you can see the front of the vest. When I do this I usually wear an ordinary bra which I find a lot more comfortable than strapless ones, as you can't see the straps.
The vests are 50% cotton and 50% modal which is a type of rayon and they feel quite stretchy and soft to the touch. They have a round neck which isn't too low so you can wear it comfortably in the daytime. The straps are not adjustable but they fit me perfectly. In the past I have had to put a couple of stitches in tops where the straps are too long and keep coming down my arms. The vests are not too long either and come to the top of my hips which is perfect for wearing underneath other clothes as it doesn't stick out underneath.
I wash the vests along with my other washing at 30 degrees and this seems to be fine. I have tumble dried them for about 10 minutes just to finish them off as I do with most of my washing but I have never dried them completely in the dryer. The white vest is still very white and hasn't faded or gone off white and the black has also kept its colour.
I think that these are a great addition to your wardrobe as they are very versatile and are suitable for all ages. At the bargain price of £2.49 they are very affordable and it is easy to have quite a few in different colours to match your wardrobe. They were recently on the online New Look sale for £1 but when I went to look again they had all sold out. I will definitely replace them when they do eventually wear out or if I just fancy some other colours.
When it comes to basic items of clothing that I need in order to put an outfit together, such as little vests I don't like to spend that much money on them. Generally they are usually under clothing anyway and not seen so they don't need to be that fancy but I need to know that they are good quality and hard wearing as well.
My town is one of those high streets that only have a few shop. I say this because you go around quite a few little towns like this and they all seem to have the same stores so maybe its a planning thing but one of the stores we have is New Look so as a consequence I usually always frequent this shop. I sometimes feel I am a bit too old for some of the items in the shop but when it comes to their basics they are really great.
These vests are perfect and something they always have in stock which is nice because I know I can always pick another one up if one gets a stain on or gets damaged in any way. The vests come in a variety of different colours but I usually just get mine in white and black because these are the colours I wear the most and are the colour if the clothing I want these vests to go underneath.
I think probably the best thing about these vests is the price. They cost just £2.99 each or if you buy two they will cost you just £5 or you can purchase three for £7.50. This is great value in my opinion. I think you can never have too many and its always worth having a few as back up in case one is in the wash or another one is not ironed. I have two kids so my clothes are always dirty by the end of the day so it's good to know I have another clean one if needs be and at the price it's not too much of a financial problem.
The vests are made of 35%Cotton and 65% Polyester so the material has a slight stretch to it which is nice. I think these vests fit really well and are nice and flattering. They are form fitting but do not cling to all my lumps and bumps like other vest tops do. The neck is quite rounded but not so low cut that it shows off your bra and then the straps are a nice thin shoe string strap. This portion of the best has stitching on it so it provides a slight contrast to the main material of the vest and this stitching is also found around the neckline too so it gives it a but of a stylish look. This means the vest looks nice just on its own if you want to wear it in the summer. I wear a lot of sheer tops and these vests are perfect under them to protect my modesty. The fitted look means the vest does not bulk me out under my other tops. The straps stay up well, they are not elasticated or anything but generally stay in place because of the nice fit of the vest in the first place.
The vests wash really well. I wash mine at 30 degrees but I don't put them in the dryer. They last well but obviously you do need to replace them from time to time. I have had a couple of these for quite a few years now. Ok, they are not really white any more, I'd say they were more a nice shade of grey but they work perfectly for slobbing around the house.
All in all a great vest as a great price.
I bought a few of these in the summer as I found a lot of my summer wear hung too low and I needed a thin piece of material underneath. They are light and comfortable to wear which means they don't make you hot or irritated in hot weather. they are great to wear on there own or underneath something but they are slightly see through so if being worn by themselves i would advise i skin colour underwear to wear instead of brightly coloured ones.
the straps sometimes fall off if you are short like I am as they are often fitted for women of an average height which I believe is about 5 ft 6. But the straps can be easily adjusted if you are handy with a needle and thread.
These only cost me a few pounds so are great if you need some cheap material to wear underneath things.
Vest tops are one of those fashion items that are essential for any wardrobe. Not just for plain summer wearing but in winter use them as an extra layer under a long sleeved top. Last year after summer was over I went on my usual hunt for summer items reduced to silly prices simply because it was no longer summer. Two of the things I picked up were these 'Basic Shoestring Vest'.
*~* Price and Availability *~*
This particular brand is only available from New Look stores or online (although be aware without a promotional code delivery charges apply). Normally these retail for £1.99 each however I paid just £1 each. I bought the black and white as they only had a greeny colour left at the time. I have however seen a few shades of pink, yellow, green and blue during the warmer months though.
*~* The Top *~*
This top, as it is a vest style has spaghetti straps which are not too loose but neither too tight, they fit very well over my shoulders and majority of the time tend to stay in place. The main body is plain in colour, it is block style which is neither here nor there really, depends what I'm wearing whether it is suitable but with the block style it does go with many colours. The fit is pretty good, I have to say I do find it shorter than some other places and would prefer it a little longer but it's not too much of a problem and it's not overly so just a niggle. This is 50% cotton and I have to say I was a little suprised in that it wasn't harsh at all, perhaps a little harsher than other more expensive brands but not sore in any way.
I don't find that it shows too much cleavage but there is definately some shown so I would avoid if you don't like anything on show. It stays in place pretty much all day without riding up and having to be adjusted constantly.
*~* Taking Care *~*
This can be washed at 30 or even 40 degree's with no problems what so ever. It doesn't shrink or bobble, tear or become loose. I have ironed this on a cotton setting and there have been no adverse effects of doing so. I also have to mention I have tumble dried this and had no problems either which I was pleased about.
*~* Overall *~*
Overall this is a fantastic product that is a must in any girls wardrobe and for the price I am more than happy with it, it has retained it's shape after a good few wearings and therefore washings, it fits well, is not harsh.
The only couple of problems I have with this is that it is a little shorter than I would like and also that the spaghetti straps are extremely thin and therefore bra straps are always visible so a strapless bra would be preferable to me.
I give this 4 stars and if you can pick them up either full price or reduced, these are a fantastic buy!
Whilst I was out shopping one weekend, looking for something else entirely, a kimono top in the window of New Look caught my eye. I popped in and had a look around and purchased the top plus a few other bits and pieces. As the top was quite see-through it had been displayed with a little vest underneath. The sales assistant pointed them out to me and I was pleasantly surprised that they were only £1.99. I bought two - one black and one white. They do a range of other colours but didn't seem to have many of the other colours in stock at that time, but online it looks like they do a good range of pinks, a deepish red, several blues, a light green and a lemon for summer.
The top is 50% cotton and 50% modal (the latter is similar to viscose) and is pretty basic style wise. I was impressed that it felt soft, and not harsh against my skin as I expected for something so cheap. It can be washed at 30 degrees, and ironed on a low heat iron. The care instructions do not recommend dry cleaning or tumble drying, and of course, no bleach. I have washed my tops a few times now and have been quite pleased with how they have come out - there has been no shrinkage, and they have not twisted or become mis-shapen. Usually I let it dry on the clothes horse and can get away without ironing it (especially as I usually wear it under something).
I find the fit is good, it covers the top of my bra as it sits naturally on me (unless I stretch it right down deliberately) and I find that I don't need to keep adjusting it during the day - it doesn't ruck up nor do the straps slide off my shoulder. Length wise it is 58 cm from shoulder to hem, which sits about mid-hip (the widest part) on me but I'm petite, so a taller girl will find it sits nearer the top of her hip, probably.
It has spaghetti straps which are not adjustable (this doesn't surprise me for the price), and as they are narrow, if you wore a bra underneath the bra straps would be visible. I note that on the website they show a model wearing it with nothing underneath and I think this is misleading. The vest is too sheer in my opinion to be worn on its own with nothing underneath (unless you had something over the top). If it was a light colour you would definitely be able to see through it, and (regardless of colour) it would not conceal a nipple outline.
For the price I don't think you can beat it, for a basic camisole style vest to wear underneath something. It washes well and keeps its shape. I don't expect it to last me for years to come, but I am confident it will survive what summer we are having, and perhaps add an extra layer in the colder months before being consigned to the bin.
I've been stocking up on vests lately as the weather is becoming nicer and vests are always handy either by themselves or for layering. Last week i was browsing the newlook site and saw they had basic strappy vests for £1.99, so bought myself one to test out the quality and see if they were any good. I didn't want to buy loads only to realise they were rubbish, so stuck to one at first.
The vest is very basic. It's like any other vest but has very thin 'shoestring' straps, which most people refer to as 'spagetti straps' or 'shoelace straps.' The vest has quite a deep scoop neck which shows off my cleavage but it's not too low; just the right depth. It's easy to just slip on with a pair of jeans and shorts and look casual and nice, i've also worn mine under my uni blazer and it looked great. Length wise it's not very long and comes just to my waistline so isn't ideal to be worn with leggings. The material is 50% Cotton and 50% Modal and is soft and stretchy.
It's not a very warm/thermal vest and doesn't add much warmth to my body when worn on its own.
As said before my vest was £1.99. For £1.99 the quality is really good, with no bad stitching or fading etc, and you can't tell from looking at it or touching it that it's cheap.
Colours available are:
Black, Grey, White, Beige, Navy, Aqua Blue, Red, Pink, Baby Pink, Orange and Brown. I got the orange and it's a really nice shade.
Sizes start at 6 and go upto 18.
Washing the top in the washing machine is fine. I've only washed it once so far (at 30 degrees) and there was no issues; no shrinking, bobbling or fading.
The top can be bought instore or online from newlook and i'd reccomend getting one or two, i'll definetly be going back for another one! Only downside is as the straps are so thin that they have a tendancy to move about/fall slightly down my arms which can be a bit irratating but it's not a huge problem, although i do prefer thicker strapped vests compared to this. Versatile, simple and good quality.