Fall—like Spring—is a tricky season to dress for. Some days, it’s cold enough to contemplate pulling out your winter coat. Other days, it’s warm enough to make you feel like it’s still summer. This constant temperature zig-zagging not only accounts for you having the cough that you just can’t seem to get rid of, it also accounts for you never feeling like you’re appropriately dressed.
That’s why we advocate for layering, as well as for buying an insulated vest. Don’t worry—you won’t look like your grandfather does when he wears his sweater vest. An insulated vest will keep you warm without making you too hot, and they’ll make you look decidedly outdoorsy. Pair one with a plaid shirt and head out to check out the Fall foliage. Check out 15 of our favorites.
Lands’ End Herringbone Puffer Vest
Lands’ End knows a thing or two about creating high-quality gear for cold(ish) weather, so its no surprise they’ve got a vest on offer than you should snatch up. Available in classic gray with two deep pockets, a snap front, and a funky orange interior, the vest is insulated with 180-gram synthetic filling that traps heat and keeps you warm while still being lightweight.
KAVU Switchback Vest
Seattle-based KAVU’s Switchback Vest features color-blocking that was popular in the 1970s, but still looks decidedly modern. The vest is fleece-lined to keep you warm, and with features like antique brass snaps, patch pockets, and curved hem, it’ll look good wherever you wear it.
J. Crew Sussex Quilted Vest
Available in navy or army green, the Sussex Quilted Vest from J. Crew looks sophisticated while still being casual. Made from a combination of cotton and nylon, the vest zips closed, is filled with Primaloft insulation, and has multiple pockets (including a buttoned interior one) to keep your stuff in order while you’re wandering around an apple orchard.
United By Blue Drummond Wool Vest
United by Blue is an eco-conscious company dedicated to making quality apparel while helping to preserve the ocean, which means you can both look good and feel good when you purchase this Drummond Vest, made out wool and filled with duck down feathers. Lined with organic cotton chambray, the vest has gold snap closures and zippered pockets which make it a little more formal than other vests on this list.
Topo Designs Puffer Vest
Colorado-based Topo Designs is mainly known for its indestructible backpacks, but the company’s accessories and apparel are giving the backpacks a run for their money. Their Puffer Vest (available in navy, burgundy, or black) is one of the brand’s best offerings, made with durable nylon ripstop fabric and filled with Primaloft insulation.
Bonobos Banff Vest
Bonobos is known for its variety of colorful summerwear, but it does make apparel for the colder months, too. Named after the gorgeous Banff National Park in Canada, this is a vest made for the outdoors. Quilted for warmth, the vest has silver snap closures and a sturdy corduroy-lined collar.
Patagonia Bivy Down Vest
Patagonia has been a trusted name in outdoor gear for years, so you won’t be disappointed when you slip into its Bivy Down Vest. Available in a variety of color combinations, the vest is made out of durable wind- and water-resistant nylon canvas and insulated with 100% cruelty-free Traceable Down.
Iron & Resin Hub Vest
More unstructured than the rest of the vests on this list, Iron & Resin’s zippered Hub Vest features a unique berber panel, which will make you stand out during your Fall adventures.
Polo Ralph Lauren Elmwood Quilted Down Vest
You might not feel like you need sleeves, but you’ll be glad you’re wearing a vest with a removable hood when a rainstorm unexpectedly rolls in, like this Elmwood Quilted Down Vest from Polo Ralph Lauren. Fully water-resistant, this vest is filled with down, has snap closures, and even has a drawstring waist to ensure a fitted look.
Fjallraven Ovik Lite Vest
Fjallraven (which means “arctic fox” in Swedish) was founded in Sweden in 1960, and since then, its been making durable, functional products like the Ovik Lite Vest. Completely water-resistant, available in an array of colors, filled with goose down, and lined with Pertex Quantum, this is the only vest you’ll ever need to own.
Filson Down Cruiser Vest
Other vests are made to look like they’re outdoorsy, but Filson’s Down Cruiser Vest really is outdoorsy, like virtually every other item Filson has on offer. Available in tan or army green, the weatherproofed vest is filled with ethically-sourced 100% European goose down, has a longer rear hem to provide extra coverage, and a zippered front and snap-closure storm flap for additional wind and water protection.
Aether Drift Vest
LA-based Aether was founded by outdoorsy urban professionals with the desire to make high-performance clothing versatile enough for their everyday lives, and its Drift Vest is no exception. Crafted out of a blend of Japanese cotton and nylon, the vest is puffy without being bulky, and will keep you warm, whether you’re trudging through the mountains or trudging through city streets.
Orvis Barbour Colwarmth Quilted Vest
Vermont-based Orvis has been creating outdoor gear since the mid-1800s, so you can’t go wrong with anything they have on offer, especially its Barbour Colwarmth Quilted Vest. Available in navy or olive, the vest is quilted to provide extra warm, has deep snap-closure pockets, and suede shoulder patches for added flair.
Canada Goose Lodge Packaway Down Vest
Canada Goose has been constructing high-quality cold weather gear since it was founded in a Toronto warehouse in 1957, so you know anything you buy from them is going to stand up to the elements. This cherry red Lodge Packaway Down Vest is fully waterproofed, filled with 100% down, and has a drawstring hem to help you play it close to the vest (see what we did there?).
Rag & Bone Stride Brushed Wool Vest
If you ever wondered if you could get away with wearing a puffy sport vest at the office, this one from Rag & Bone 100% qualifies. Featuring cotton twill canvas panels and water-resistant polyester panels, this is the vest that you can wear to work on Friday and motor straight into your weekend in the country once 5pm rolls around.