Puffer Vests & Tailored Jackets

March 28th, 2012

The tail end of Winter is lingering and giving us a few more days to work in some layering. Try a down vest over a tailored jacket as a nice high/low transitional look.

Gabe (as feature here and here) and I give a few examples below.

    1. Weekend in the LES

    It’s almost Spring but there’s still a chill in the air from Winter. It’s a perfect time to break out Spring looks, with one extra layer for warmth.

    A knit blazer is soft and casual, making more appropriate for the weekend than the office.

    With a more casual jacket, like this knit with patch pockets, flipping up the collar/lapel under the vest gives it an element of non-chalance. Here Gabe wears it more as a sweater than tailored wear.

    • Grey suede sneakers by Kris Van Assche
    • Brown shades by Marc Jacobs
    • Brown down vest by Zara
    • Navy knit blazer by Zara
    • Blue cotton t-shirt by H&M
    • Brown cargo pants by Maison Martin Margiela

    2. Casual Friday

    Tweed jacket, dark jeans, plaid scarf –  classic.

    A down vest on top – twist.

    These layered looks are great for transitional weather because they can be easily manipulated by adding or removing pieces.

    3. Brisk Morning Commute 

    Break the morning chill on your way to the office, than lose the tie and jacket to hit the pub after work.

    Gabe takes it a step further and tastefully introduces pattern mixing into this separates look.

    A solid, a stripe, a check and a repeat print. Well done.

    • Navy suit
    • Charcoal trousers (part of suit)
    • Black vintage lace-ups by Prada
    • Green tartan down vest by Lands End
    • Black shades by Armani
    • Blue stripe cotton shirt by Shirt by Massimo Ferrari
    • Grey silk logo tie by Hermes

    4. Business Casual

    I pulled this look from our previous feature on on vest layering Here.

    A vest from quality fabrics, like this flannel herringbone and leather, is more natural with a put-together look than a typical nylon puffer.

    • Burgundy socks by Marcoliani
    • Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear
    • Black cotton tie (vintage)
    • Tan wool/leather down vest by Penfield
    • Yellow/purple gingham check shirt
    • “Deerfield” Oxblood tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Silver 2″ tie bar by Tiffany & Co
    • “New Standard” Raw denim jeans by APC
    • Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • François

      Hello Dan,

      Do you remember the brand of your plaid scarf ?

      Greetings from France

    • Eric


    • DaveF

      Love the Matsuda shades in look #2 but I can’t for the life of me find them online. Any idea where to look? Or comparable shades in the same style?

    • April M

      Love every look especially look# 2 casual Friday. Love Gabe’s outfit in look 3. Bring back the pleats. Very stylish. But Gabe you should smile more.

    • Jim

      I love this site. Visit every day and always excited when something new is up!

    • Oscar

      I loved the mix of jeans with a gray suit and black vest, awaiting the Brazilian winter to use this combination!!

    • Erin

      Love the layering on casual Friday. And those rooftop shots are gorgeous. New York… I miss you!


    • cam

      thanks for the post Dan but way too trendy for me. give me some of that classic SB ish

    • TO

      First two are great. No 1 is so casual, no 2 classic…+twist BOOM haha that was well put
      Am going to look for a full-length close-up of Gabe on the roof…