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 Gingham Shirt
    • Brown alligator belt by Ralph Lauren Purple Label

    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 corduroys by H&M
    • Brown leather bracelet NYC street vendor
    • Wool herringbone down vest by Penfield
    • Brown leather belt by JCrew
    • Beige henley by Ralph Lauren Polo

    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

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • James

      Hey Style Blogger
      Great site! Keep it up,

      Let us know if you ever feel like doing guest post. We’re always looking for new writers.


    • Alessio

      I really like the jacket. I was also wondering, what’s your take on logos? (lacoste, Ralph lauren, brooks,burberry, fred perry etc..) because you never seem to wear anything with a logo.

      • Adyna

        Good remarck Alessio :). But he doesn`t really need a logo to show style and that`s just great!

      • AFJ

        Logos are for people with low self-esteem

    • MOZART5000

      So in love with the cords from look three. Will admit it has a cowboy esq feel to the vest.


    • ed

      i’m not sure if i’m totally convinced of donning the down vest, but the red socks and vintage tie in look #1 are too good.


    • Ambyr

      I love the Corporate Casual Friday and the Hanging with the Guys/Hitting the Bars. The jacket and the denim top are perfect for layering and the colors look great together.


    • T

      Your looks of late have been very…theatrical. But I would wear the hell out of every outfit above. Well Done!

    • Brooks

      Awesome post. I’ve just gotten back into down vests after thinking they were too poofy and unwearable, so thanks so much for showing again and again how to swag them out. Props.

    • Chad M.

      How do you keep your shoes clean/ perform maintenance on them? Keep up the good work

    • exhaze

      Look #3 is awesome. I really gotta get a down vest and try that. I think your down vest’s color scheme really helps it since the cream is pretty neutral, and the brown in the shoulder area really helps it match against a lot of your other pieces in your outfits (against in the tie in #1/#2, against the knit design in #3, etc). Great post, Dan.