The Highsnobiety Winter Wardrobe Manual is a guide to dressing well when temperatures plummet. Expect big coats, padded pants, snug accessories, and hibernation-ready homeware.

You'll probably know that the sweater vest is having a moment this year. Paraded on the runway by the likes of Prada and Gucci and shown love by affordable names including COS and Uniqlo, it seems everyone is on a knitted tip. But, as good as the knitted variety looks, colder weather calls for something a little bit bulkier. Enter — the sweater vest's tough, winter-ready cousin.

It might seem counterintuitive to lop the arms off any winter garment, but with sufficient insulation in the right places, a winter vest will keep your torso warm, and that's where it counts. The thicker build of a winter vest also means that they look good layered with jumpers, a pairing that tends to leave your sweater vest a little stretched — literally.

This selection celebrates the true versatility of winter vests which is, in large part, down to the fact they come in all shapes and sizes. From lightweight luxury pieces made for layering by Come Tees all the way to bulky top layers by Corelate, scroll on for our sleeveless selection.

Shop our top winter vests below.

Corelate Down Gilet Vest

Down Gilet Vest

Down Gilet Vest

$369

Corelate

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Corelate eschews the traditional ripstop or cotton canvas shells for a colorful jacquard construction and an oversized button pocket to one side to give this vest seriously eye-catching appeal.

Come Tees Snap Denim Vest

Snap Denim Vest

Snap Denim Vest

$296

Come Tees

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Come Tees takes inspiration from the beaten, self-vandalized leather jackets and general outerwear that has characterized bikers and punks for decades. Instead of the white paint on black leather that we’re used to, Come Tees opts for maroon on a dusty pink backdrop.

Stüssy Insulated Work Vest

Insulated Work Vest

Insulated Work Vest

from $139

Stüssy

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

Stüssy looks to a deep v-neck, zipped build for this insulated winter vest. This piece, resplendent in striking turquoise, presents a welcome splash of color to the winter wardrobe, too.

Brain Dead Tier One Novelty Dyed Fur Sunflower Tactical Vest

Tier One Novelty Dyed Fur Sunflower Tactical Vest

Tier One Novelty Dyed Fur Sunflower Tactical Vest

$215

Brain Dead

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While it’s easy to categorize many labels nowadays, Brain Dead is completely undefinable. From prep to streetwear and full-blown technical expertise as shown by this vest, Brain Dead represents the new era of all-encompassing modern style.

Awake NY Lemon Vest

Lemon Vest

Lemon Vest

$178

Awake NY

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Whether you like it or not, the V-neck is very much back and, to brighten up the winter, we’re looking to this citrusy beauty from Awake NY.

Oakley Definition Insulated Vest

Definition Insulated Vest

Definition Insulated Vest

$130

Oakley

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You’re probably better acquainted with Oakley’s wildly technical sunglasses, but this vest carries much of the same appeal. Lightweight down padding locks in heat while the sleek, all-black palette offers itself up for easy layering.

Prada Gilet

Logo-Patch Padded-Shell Gilet

Logo-Patch Padded-Shell Gilet

$1210

Prada

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Extra 20% Off Sale

Buy at Matchesfashion

If you're smart with your layering, you can sport a vest in any season. As such, it's a worthy category for serious investment. Enter — the Prada gilet.

Polo Ralph Lauren Terra Vest

Terra Nylon Vest

Terra Nylon Vest

$268

Polo Ralph Lauren

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Further Reductions Up To 70% Off

Buy at mytheresa

Nothing says a walk in the country quite like a Ralph vest. And with a lockdown holiday approaching at speed, something tells me there may be a lot of them.

adidas COLD.RDY Down Vest

COLD.RDY Down Vest

COLD.RDY Down Vest

$160

adidas

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We're unafraid as we journey into the depths of winter and it's mainly thanks to adidas COLD.RDY gear. This down gilet features overlapping baffles and a duck-down lining for unrivaled warmth.

Snow Peak Recycled NY Ripstop Down Vest

Recycled NY Ripstop Down Vest

Recycled NY Ripstop Down Vest

$289

Snow Peak

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Snow Peak skates around the common snap-button or zip closure and heads for a pullover construction with three snappers to the shoulder. Thanks to the shoulder fastening, this lightweight vest locks in heat better than most.

Rick Owens + Moncler Down Moapa Vest

Down Moapa Vest

Down Moapa Vest

$1425

Rick Owens x Moncler

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Up to 60% Off ssense.com

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Rick Owens teams up with down specialists Moncler for this eye-catching Moapa Vest. Although it's murdered out, the rays of insulation padding lend the piece texture and flair.

The North Face Denali Fleece Vest

Denali Fleece Vest

Denali Fleece Vest

from $115

The North Face

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

The North Face’s winter vests are a long-serving staple from the outdoor giant. The Denali iteration combines technical panels with insulating green fleece for a no-frills look at winter style.

TAION V-Neck Down Vest

V-Neck Down Vest

V-Neck Down Vest

$69

TAION

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An easy sign as to whether a vest has been made for layering or top-of-the-pile wear is whether it has a V-neck or not. This V-neck vest from TAION is made for layering as the cutoff neck won't impinge on any collars underneath or on top.

Nike Sportswear Heritage Insulated Vest

Sportswear Heritage Insulated Vest

Sportswear Heritage Insulated Vest

$90

Nike

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Water-repellant insulation combines with sherpa fleece to ensure that this Nike Heritage vest is one of the warmest about without being too bulky. While the muted palette has the legs to carry an outfit, it is also subtle enough to settle into the background when layering.

Needles Plaid Fleece Vest

Plaid Fleece Vest

Plaid Fleece Vest

$219

Needles

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Japanese streetwear masters Needles opt for a wool blend to keep you warm this season. A traditional plaid motif runs throughout but, thanks to a muted palette, doesn't steal the focus from any other layers you're wearing.

Arc'teryx Cerium LT Vest

Cerium LT Vest

Cerium LT Vest

$285

Arc'teryx

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Goose down combines with synthetic Coreloft for optimum insulation in Arc'teryx's Cerium LT Vest. If you're looking for something that's versatile enough to go from home wear to mountain then this is the one.

Beams Plus Quilted Stitch 2 Layer Vest

Quilted Stitch 2 Layer Vest

Quilted Stitch 2 Layer Vest

$289

Beams Plus

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Beams Plus looks back to the quilted vest's hunting history with an eye-catching orange body. The nylon shell is insulated by a synthetic fill which, although not duck or goose-down, definitely does the job for urban settings.

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