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Dress codes don’t go away. They just change shape.

So goes the story of the vest.

With the “power suit” all but passé, today’s business world pressed this formerly informal garment into princedom. But what may have been intended as a move away from starched-shirt rigidity has merely replaced flannel with fleece.

Relaxing of rules? Far from it. In cities all over the world, the unmistakable look of “vest over long sleeve” has merely become Suit 2.0. Call it the “Midtown Uniform.” Blame it on Silicon Valley. Or simply tell it like it is.

Thanks to corporate culture’s love affair with vests, layering anything short of a jacket with sleeves risks exposure to the ultimate modern wackness: looking like you use the word “Humpday.”

But all is not lost! Venture outside the cubicle farm and you’ll find a world of stylish, practical layering pieces, none of which scream “yuppie approved.” Looking for cold weather heat everywhere but your arms? Here are our picks.

Diamond Quilted Zip Vest

Diamond Quilted Zip Vest

$50

Dickies

FREE SHIPPING

FREE SHIPPING

Buy at pacsun

Workwear Coated Utility Vest

$54

PacSun

FREE SHIPPING

FREE SHIPPING

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Sherpa Fleece Vest

$67

Nike

20% Student Discount

20% Student Discount

Buy at NIKE

Skate Vest

$62

Nike SB

20% Student Discount

20% Student Discount

Buy at NIKE

Down Fill Windrunner Vest

from $67

Nike

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Warf Fisherman 2 Vest

$80

Vans

FREE SHIPPING

FREE SHIPPING

Buy at pacsun
Duck Work Vest

Duck Work Vest

$80

Carhartt WIP

FREE SHIPPING

FREE SHIPPING

Buy at pacsun

Lumi Vest

$96

Carhartt WIP

Buy at Slam Jam

Nomad Zip Vest

$97

OBEY

FREE SHIPPING

FREE SHIPPING

Buy at pacsun
Seafarer Vest

Seafarer Vest

$108

Rhythm

FREE SHIPPING

FREE SHIPPING

Buy at pacsun
Quilted Shell Gilet

Quilted Shell Gilet

from $250

Polo Ralph Lauren

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)
Shell Gilet

Shell Gilet

$375

C.P. Company

Buy at Harvey Nichols

Fuzz Fleece Vest

$221

Très Bien x SNEEZE

Buy at Slam Jam

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Alex Rakestraw is a writer, strategist, and creative based in New York. He covers fashion, footwear, sustainability, and tech.