We think fall is the best season in menswear. It’s the time when we get to break out our outerwear and layer up. Hence our list of the best men’s vests (in both quilted and puffy vest varieties!).
The best men’s vests can add a pop of color and style to classic ensembles (think a chambray shirt and slim denim, to start). They can also add warmth and functionality underneath a topcoat or a denim jacket. And again, you get added style points for throwing an extra dash of personality into your ensemble.
Never worn or owned a vest? Here’s where to start.
Just testing the waters when it comes to buying a stylish, easy-to-layer vest? You can’t go wrong with Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down Vest. It’s a veritable steal at $50, and the array of vibrant color options available makes it easy to snap up one that’s right for you.
From the more affordable Mercantile line at J. Crew, this classic vest exudes a nice mix of preppy and rugged style. It’s the kind of vest we could see layering with ease under a denim jacket or beneath a slim topcoat in equal measure.
Leave it to an Americana-minded brand like Abercrombie & Fitch to offer up their own take on this throwback-inspired staple. Affordably priced and functional, we’d layer this up with a slim hoodie and slim, faded denim.
Pioneers of dependable outdoor gear for any and every situation, Patagonia comes through here with a vibrant, warm, and stylish vest that’s ready for the trail, and ready for an afternoon coffee or beer run after. Pricey? Yes. Worth it to support a quality company? Absolutely.
Want a vest that blends some unique styling details with classically rugged appeal? Then you want the Rounder Vest from Howler Brothers, finished off with two-tone detailing in a dark color that would pop nicely against a chambray shirt. It’s definitely made with the spirit of the outdoors in mind.
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