For anyone who doesn’t want to pull their heavy winter jacket out of storage, but still wants to bundle up for class, vests are very easy to layer with a sweater or button-down, adding extra warmth to your core. They are a great accessory for the chilly weather and, with their numerous style and color options, can be fashion statements all their own.
Mary’s olive green quilted Barbour vest has off-gold utility detail, plaid liner on the inside and a chocolate corduroy collar. She styled it with warm brown boots, a white top and leggings. The lack of patterns places emphasis on the vest and boots, whose colors perfectly complement each other.
J.Crew’s down vest comes in many warm, bright colors with craftsmanship details such as golden zippers and quilted stitching that look refined while still being casual. For a pattern that is classic yet very different, J.Crew also sells a herringbone vest with a very crisp shape and elegant black lining and pockets. If you want an extra dose of prep, Ralph Lauren carries a quilted vest with a stitched crest that is also reversible with colorful equestrian graphics. The best place to find a vest that has bargain prices, high quality and durability will always be outdoor outfitters like Lands’ End and L.L.Bean. Lands’ End’s down vest is highly waterproof with a detachable hood and a belt to accentuate the waist while still being warm. They also sell a simple down vest at a great price with many colors available and a monogram option to add a personal touch. L.L.Bean’s waxed cotton vest comes in brown and forest green, two very neutral colors that will go with basically anything. It is also reminiscent of a classic hunting vest, such as Barbour’s quilted feather vest.