If you managed to catch our 7 Trends to Watch Out For From New York Fashion Week S/S14 this week, you will have noticed that sleeveless vests were at the #1 spot. Albeit in slightly different material form, down bests share the same level of versatility, and remain way more practical in times of thermal need. These damn transitional seasons mean we’re piling layers on and off more frequently than Miley Cyrus is photographed in Terry Richardson’s studio, so the warmest of layers in a sleeveless format is the answer to a lot of our problems. We’ve searched high and low across the web for some of the best down vests available for this fall/winter season, so check them out after the jump.
Marc by Marc Jacobs – Leather-Trimmed Quilted Gile
Probably inspired by the brutal New York winter, Marc by Marc Jacobs provides just the right staple to survive the day even way below freezing point. The dark green body is accented by a buttery sheep leather yoke, while the padding boasts 90% goose down and 10% goose feather, resulting in an unbeatable warmth. Get it now at MR PORTER.
Patagonia – Bivy Down Vest
Patagonia‘s Bivy Vest is the perfect choice for the outdoorsman and the adventurous city dweller alike. Keeping you warm even under the harshest condition, it boasts a tough nylon canvas on the outside, and comes filled with some high-class European goose down. You can purchase it now at Oi Polloi.
Rocky Mountain Featherbed – Christy Vest
Rocky Mountain Featherbed have been going strong in the outerwear business since the 1960s, so they surely know two or three things about down vests. The Christy Vest pictured above is without doubt one of the more premium renditions, featuring an all-black nylon body, a premium tonal suede yoke, and a fleece lined collar for that extra bit of cozyness. Get it now at HAVEN.
BEAMS PLUS – Hooded Down Vest
Beside providing the unchallenged warmth of premium goose downs, the guys at BEAMS PLUS have thrown in a hood for good measure – a feature which is more than often shamefully neglected on down vests though. Get yours now at End Clothing.
visvim – Insulator Vest Pizi Vest
visvim‘s Insulator Vest is a doubtless classic, which has seen a dozen beautiful incarnations over the past seasons. The one above features the brand’s signature patchwork style, rounded off with an eye-catching bandana lining. You can get it now at The Bureau Belfast.
White Mountaineering – Quilted Vest
Japanese brand White Mountaineering presents an amazing rendition of this classic wardrobe staple. Crafted with the utmost care from a premium polyester blend, the vest comes down-filled and lined with a patterned fabric for extra warmth, as well as leather reinforcements at key points, making it durable, reliable and above all a stylish, everyday companion. Get it now at oki-ni.
Levi’s – Red Corduroy Mont Diablo Vest
Staying true to its rich heritage, Levi’s provides a no-bullshit staple with is Mont Diablo Vest. A red nylon body is set against a Western-style saw-tooth corduroy yoke. Features include a zip closure concealed by a press-stud placket, flap front pockets and welt pockets at interior. You can cop it now at SSENSE.
Garbstore – Tri Saver Vest
The Tri Saver Vest by Garbstore blends an understated green wool/cotton/silk upper with a beautiful shawl collar, adding a hint of sophistication to a rather rustic wardrobe staple. Get it now at Open Lifestyle Store.
Folk – Irregular Quilted Vest
Folk delivers a unique take on the classic quilted vest. The navy cotton upper adorns an irregular quilted pattern made up of different geometric shapes and comes topped off with a contrasting striped hem. You can purchase it directly from the source.
Bleu de Paname – Doudoune Vest
Bleu de Paname keeps it clean and simple with their Doudoune Vest. The upper is made of a durable red cotton fabric, and features a zip closure and a buttoned flap, as well as two front pockets. Pick it up now at Norse Store.