1 Piece/3 Ways: The Down Puffer Vest

March 5th, 2012

As I’ve been writing all season, this winter has been very mild here in NYC. It feels like we’re making an early transition into Spring. Lately I’ve been layering with vests rather than pilling on topcoats or parkas.

A down vest can be styled for just about any occasion. Yes, you can wear it over a blazer or suit. It’s shorter than the jacket, but that’s okay – it adds an element of casual non-chalance to your look and a new silhouette to your routine.

1. Business

A heavyweight textured jacket is a great match for a down vest, they both share the duty of warming the core.

A well-made down vest in a a suiting fabric, like this oatmeal flannel herringbone, looks more natural with a jacket & tie look than a nylon puffer.

The vest should fit slim over a sweater and a little snug over a jacket – you may want to consider sizing down (I’m wearing a small).

  • Brown club tie Vintage ·
  • Gold hand-engraved aviator shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Silver belt buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Red socks by Marcoliani ·
  • “Deerfield” Oxblood tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy ·
  • Wool herringbone down vest by Penfield ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker ·
  • Silver 2″ tie bar by Tiffany & Co ·
  • Raw denim jeans by APC ·
  • Brown alligator belt by Ralph Lauren Purple Label
  • · Brown Gingham Shirt

Brown Gingham Shirt

2. Hanging with Homies

Down vest with a sport shirt and henley for kicking it on the weekend.


  • Brown moccasins by LL Bean ·
  • Olive wool cadet cap by Hats in the Belfry ·
  • Blue chambray shirt by Rag&Bone ·
  • Brown leather bracelet NYC street vendor ·
  • Wool herringbone down vest by Penfield ·
  • Brown leather belt by JCrew ·
  • Beige henley by Ralph Lauren Polo
  • · Brown corduroys by H&M

Pima Corduroy Trouser in Chestnut

3. Business Casual

Trade the blazer for a light jacket (or heavy shirt) and layer the vest for a quick and easy business casual look.

These are the pants from same tweed suit (the jacket is above in look 1).

  • Gold hand-engraved aviator shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Olive green shirt/jacket by Orlebar Brown ·
  • Red socks by Marcoliani ·
  • Wool herringbone down vest by Penfield ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker ·
  • Suede chukka boots by John Varvatos ·
  • Silver 2″ tie bar by Tiffany & Co
  • · Brown Gingham Shirt

Brown Gingham Shirt

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford.