1 Piece/5 Ways: Wool Down Vest

March 5th, 2012

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As I’ve been writing all season, this winter has been very mild here in NYC. It feels like we’re making an early transition into Spring. Lately I’ve been layering with vests rather than pilling on topcoats or parkas.

A down vest can be styled for just about any occasion. Yes, you can wear it over a blazer or suit. It’s shorter than the jacket, but that’s okay – it adds an element of casual non-chalance to your look and a new silhouette to your routine.


1. Corporate Casual Friday

A heavyweight textured jacket is a great match for a down vest, they both share the duty of warming the core.

A well-made down vest in a a suiting fabric, like this oatmeal flannel herringbone, looks more natural with a jacket & tie look than a nylon puffer.

All of these items are part of the 25 essentials (or next 10 essentials).

The vest should fit slim over a sweater and a little snug over a jacket – you may want to consider sizing down (I’m wearing a small – see my sizing details here).

Check out other “Dressed Up Jeans” looks from our post last summer here. 

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  • James

    Hey Style Blogger
    Great site! Keep it up,

    Let us know if you ever feel like doing guest post. We’re always looking for new writers.


  • Alessio

    I really like the jacket. I was also wondering, what’s your take on logos? (lacoste, Ralph lauren, brooks,burberry, fred perry etc..) because you never seem to wear anything with a logo.

    • Adyna

      Good remarck Alessio :). But he doesn`t really need a logo to show style and that`s just great!

    • AFJ

      Logos are for people with low self-esteem

  • MOZART5000

    So in love with the cords from look three. Will admit it has a cowboy esq feel to the vest.


  • ed

    i’m not sure if i’m totally convinced of donning the down vest, but the red socks and vintage tie in look #1 are too good.


  • Ambyr

    I love the Corporate Casual Friday and the Hanging with the Guys/Hitting the Bars. The jacket and the denim top are perfect for layering and the colors look great together.


  • T

    Your looks of late have been very…theatrical. But I would wear the hell out of every outfit above. Well Done!

  • Brooks

    Awesome post. I’ve just gotten back into down vests after thinking they were too poofy and unwearable, so thanks so much for showing again and again how to swag them out. Props.

  • Chad M.

    How do you keep your shoes clean/ perform maintenance on them? Keep up the good work

  • exhaze

    Look #3 is awesome. I really gotta get a down vest and try that. I think your down vest’s color scheme really helps it since the cream is pretty neutral, and the brown in the shoulder area really helps it match against a lot of your other pieces in your outfits (against in the tie in #1/#2, against the knit design in #3, etc). Great post, Dan.