If the end of summer reality check that hit Highsnobiety HQ this week is yet to affect you, know that your days are numbered. Layering season is well and truly upon us, and for those looking to pad out your ’fits on a budget, there's no more cost-effective way to weatherproof your wardrobe than with Uniqlo's ultra-light down.

As well as its hyped manga-inspired T-shirt capsules and even more beloved collaboration with KAWS, Uniqlo remains on our radar for its selection of affordable, super functional basics. As well as being a go-to in winter for heattech underlayers, the Japan founded highstreet retailer comes into its own in this transitional weather period with its ultra-light down vests and jackets.

Below are Uniqlo's latest packable pieces, essential for any layered-up ’fit you'll see out 2018 in. Using water-repellant materials, each comes with premium down, while their minimalist and thin designs boast maximum versatility this season.

Read on to select the best piece for you.

Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Compact Vest

While collared fleece and down vests are all the rage this season, this new 2-way adjustable V-neck is the perfect layering piece for incognito insulation. Its adjustable low/high neckline (simply undo the top two buttons and fold the third inside to change) means that this can be stealthily placed under sweaters and jackets for extra insulation or paired as a stylish layer underneath a smart but not totally winterproof coat. What's more, Uniqlo is currently offering the piece with $10 off retail.

Ultra Light Down Compact Vest

$30

UNIQLO

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Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Vest

An easily packable layering piece, the super thin, light and warm vest is an easily integrated piece for any fit. Coming in UNIQLO's signature minimalist style and six different block colors, the addition of a collar gives you that all-important neck warmth for particularly breezy fall days without adding too much bulk.

Ultra Light Down Vest

$50

UNIQLO

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Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket

If a vest doesn't cut it in the warmth stakes, UNIQLO's latest iteration of its full ultra-light down jacket is perfect as both a standalone piece or layered under a denim jacket or wool coat. Boasting an improved texture and cut for FW18, the easily layered piece is super compact for stowing away in your bag should the sun come out, while the fit updates make for a trimmer, sharper silhouette than any previous design.

Ultra Light Down Jacket

$70

UNIQLO

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