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The transition from summer to fall weather can always be a bit of a toss-up. It’s warm one day and frigid the next, but it always seems a little too early to pull out the winter coats. Vests can be a great option to combat the confusion most of us experience when getting dressed in the morning this time of the year, as they provide warmth without overheating. It also allows you to deny the fact that winter is indeed coming for just a bit longer.

Because they are sleeveless, vests also allow you to show off more of your ensemble, so you are free to wear a printed shirt of flannel without covering it up under a bulky coat. Vests come in various colors and styles and can be dressed up or down, so they are a great piece to add to your fall rotation. We recommend purchasing a neutral or earth-toned vest so that it can be styled effortlessly with the rest of the elements in your wardrobe. Below you will find three of our favorite vest styles that are sure to prepare you for whatever weather comes your way this autumn.

Quilted Vest

A quilted vest is a great option for someone who wants to purchase a neutral but would like to add some dimension to their outfit. The quilting patterns have many variations, so you can find the one that best matches your personal style. Depending on your preference, look for one with a zipper closure or button-snap closures. Quilted vests are fantastic for those days when you need something lightweight and weather-appropriate but don’t want to feel too warm, such as a day trip in early autumn to see the changing leaves.

Fleece Vest

The fleece vest is an essential for those who tend to dress on the sportier side. The classic grey Patagonia variety is one that we see every fall, and it stands the test of time due to its simplicity and shape. Fleece vests also come in higher pile varieties if you want to add some texture and additional warmth to your look. These are great for more low-key outfits, like going to your local pumpkin patch, or they can even be worn into the office over a button-up and dress pants. We recommend picking a color you often wear or a neutral like navy, grey, or black when purchasing a fleece vest to avoid making the vest look out of place with the rest of your outfit.

Down Vest

A down vest is most likely the first image that comes to mind when someone mentions the word “vest.” “Puffer vests,” as they are sometimes referred to, have been a staple in the wardrobes of many throughout the years. From the slopes to the street, puffer vests add a layer of style to any outfit due to their oversized and boxy fit. These are the best option for those late-night campfires or in the later days of fall when the temperature drops to keep you warm enough but not too warm. Go for a brighter color to add a statement piece to your ensemble, or stick to a classic black for an effortless look.

Sal Lauretta for Men has a vast selection of men’s fashion, including outerwear for all seasons. Visit us in our Midland Park store today to purchase your next fall essential.

Ralph Lauretta

Ralph is a co-owner of Sal Lauretta for Men. His areas of expertise include custom clothing as well as being the primary clothing buyer for the store. When not at work you can find him hanging out with his family, reorganizing his garage or watching a Denver Broncos game.