10 Winter Vests That Will Help You Conquer the Cold


Winter can often be an indecisive season. One day it’s single digits on the mercury and you feel like your face is going to freeze off. The next day it’s in the mid-40s and you feel like you’ve got a sauna brewing inside your winter coat. For pretty much the history of time, the answer to this conundrum has been layers. Layers are like a sartorial thermostat, add them when the temps plummet, remove them when spring shows up for that mid-February tease. Which is all information you no doubt already know. But while you’ve been layering with knits and flannels and tweeds and parkas, one area that you’ve possibly been neglecting, to your detriment, is the winter vest.

Puffers, technical vest, quilted vests, sherpa-lined work vests—there are a whole range of sleeveless options out there that can help you deal with the various moods of winter. Whether it’s adding a layer under your winter coat for those truly bone-chilling days, or replacing your coat with a down puffer and a thick sweater for those milder days, a vest is the stopgap piece you need in your wardrobe to help you finally conquer winter. Also, and this may come as a surprise to some, a vest can actually add a bit style to your cold-weather look. They do this by creating a little extra visual texture. Most importantly, though, vests keep the heat where you need it most, in your core. Just remember, warm core equals warm body, so shop these 10 vest to make sure you always have the upper hand over that most brutal of seasons.

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1 Garson Regular Fit Quilted Down Vest

Canada Goose nordstrom.com


Just like their famed winter parkas, Canada Goose’s down vests are the ultimate winter solution. For any day in the 40s or up, this is a vest that can function as a replacement for your coat. Then, when things get truly icy, wear it as yet another layer against the cold. 

2 Nuptse 1996 Packable Quilted Down Vest

The North Face nordstrom.com


Sure, Biff Tannen might make fun of you for wearing a classic puffer, but Biff Tannen is an idiot who drives his car into manure trucks. Trust us, a classic down puffer vest is going to be your best friend come winter, and for that matter, late fall and early spring. 

3 Patagonia Men’s Retro Pile Fleece Vest

Patagonia patagonia.com


Unfortunate finance bro connotations notwithstanding, Patagonia fleece vests actually do a remarkable job of keeping you warm in a casual (read non-office) setting. Plus, since they’re made from 100 percent recycle polyester, you’re not destroying the environment by buying one.

4 Sandstone Sherpa-Lined Mock-Neck Vest

Carhartt carhartt.com


If you want to know how best to deal with winter, look at the people who have to work outside during the winter. More often than not, you’ll see them in a sherpa-line Carhartt work vest. It’s sturdy, it’s warm, it’s borderline indestructible, and it’s not so beefy that you can’t wear it under a coat. 

5 ‘Polarquilt’ Relaxed Fit Zip-In Liner Vest

Barbour nordstrom.com


If you can trust anyone to conquer winter, it’s the English. They, after all, have to deal with it year round. And one thing no Englishman would be caught without is a quilted Barbour vest. Low-profile yet incredibly warm, it’s been a British favorite for over a century. 

6 Shearling-Trimmed Garment-Dyed David-TC Down Gilet

Stone Island mrporter.com


Stone Island is a brand that has long combined incredible style with incredible utility. And this garment dyed pink shearling vest is proof. It has all of the technical features you could want in a winter vest—the only drawback is that it looks so good you may not want to wear a coat over it. 

7 Men’s PrimaLoft Packaway Vest

L.L. Bean llbean.com


For true utility, consider a synthetic pack-away vest. One that you can stow in a bag or a backpack for those sudden temperature drops. It’s especially useful for anyone who commutes to the office during the day, but leaves after the temps have plummeted at night. 

8 Men’s Running Vest Nike AeroLoft

Nike nike.com


Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you’re banished to the gym for exercise. With the right all-weather workout gear, training outdoors is still an option. And the right all-weather workout gear starts with an ultra-warm running vest.

9 Gilet ‘Future Shock’ Faux Shearling Vest

A.P.C. nordstrom.com


If you prefer your style with an extra helping of street, then this vest has you covered, both literally and figuratively. The shearling will keep you warm, the cool color and graphics will keep you from blending in with the crowd. 

10 Checked Donegal Wool Down Gilet

Thom Browne mrporter.com


Leave it to Thom Browne to show you that a winter vest can not only be stylish, it can be the most stylish part of your outfit.

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Source : Esquire