There is nothing warmer and more comfortable than a down vest. A few years ago, I was very hesitant wearing a vest in the dead of winter and I thought my arms would freeze off. I later tried it and discovered it was the most comfortable winter outfit ever; no more moving your coat over while sitting in the subway, no more worrying about snagging your coat on a screw, and no more holding your jacket’s sleeve whenever you put on your coat. A down filled vest is truly the most comfortable and convenient piece of winter outerwear you can own.
Two of my favorite designers, Thom Browne and Brunello Cucinelli, have been doing the down thing for a while.
Thom Browne incorporates a down filled vest into every Moncler Gamme Bleu collection. Their fall/winter vests are always heavily filled with goose-down and will keep you warm in subzero temperatures. I wore one of their vests for an early outfit post.
Moncler Gamme Bleu through the seasons
Brunello Cucinelli makes more of a fall vest, they are lightly filled and are available in an assortment of fabrics including cashmere, cotton, nylon and wool. Most Cucinelli vests resemble sportcoats and blazers; roll down the collar and pat down the lapels.
The Cucinelli Country Gentleman
This brown brushed cotton Brunello Cucinelli vest has been one of my go to outwear pieces this fall. Something magical happens when you put a pocket square in a piece of outerwear.