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Fall weather can be difficult to dress for. It's often chilly in the morning (and at night) but then warm during the day. So whether you’re out apple picking or leaf peeping, it’s always best to bring a versatile piece of outerwear that you can easily take off once the temps start to rise.
A solid option is the puffer vest, which is ideal for layering and somehow keeps you both warm and breezy at the same time. Below are 14 options—from the classic North Face puffer vest to a quilted down one from L.L.Bean—that are as fashionable as they are functional.
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1. This minimalist vest from Amazon
A simple puffy vest, Amazon Essentials’ option is both utilitarian and chic. It's machine washable and can even be packed neatly into its own Ziplock-sized carrying bag. With nearly 5,000 glowing reviews on Amazon, it has a 4.5-star rating, with shoppers raving about its affordable price and how great it is for fall-like temperatures. Available in 12 colors and prints, it comes in women's sizes XS to XXL.
2. This durable vest from Dickies
A workwear classic that comes in both men’s and women’s styles, Dickies’ quilted vest is water-repellent and has sizable side pockets that can fit an iPhone 13, a pair of gloves and anything else you might need on a crisp fall day. Available in two colors, it comes in women's sizes S to XL and men's sizes M to XXL.
3. This size-inclusive vest from Old Navy
A tried and true Old Navy classic, this water-resistant vest is a great piece for errands, workouts and casual Fridays at the office. Shoppers say it fits true to size and they like that it's puffy without being too much so. Available in three colors, it comes in women's sizes XS to 4X in petite, regular and tall cuts.
4. This timeless vest from The North Face
The North Face puffer coat may be the OG but the brand's vest is just as beloved by shoppers. With a simple yet chic design and high-quality, durable materials, it's something you can wear winter after winter. The high collar will also protect your neck from the seasonal chill. Available in four colors, it comes in women's sizes XS to XXL.
5. This colorblock vest from L.L.Bean
Sharp but durable, the Mountain Classic vest comes stuffed with ultralight 650-fill water-repellent down, which L.L.Bean claims “stays dry 10 times longer than standard down for warmth and protection, even when wet.” Reviewers agree, with one writing, “I bought this to have a snug fit for layering and it has worked marvelously. This gives me the warmth I need without bunching up my shoulders and arms under shells or heavier jackets and coats.” Available in two colors, it comes in women's sizes XXS to XL in petite, regular and plus cuts and men's sizes S to XXL in regular and tall cuts.
6. This outdoors-ready vest from Patagonia
When it comes to warm outerwear that will hold up in even the coldest and most blustery of conditions, Patagonia is a go-to brand. Its Nano puff vest has hundreds of glowing reviews for being super warm and for being made of recycled materials. It features a windproof exterior along with two zippered pockets that you can tuck your hands inside. Available in six colors, it comes in women's sizes XS to XXL.
7. This splurge-worthy vest from Canada Goose
This Canada Goose find is the Rolls Royce of puffy vests—and something you should snag if you want to treat yourself to a luxury piece that could last a long, long time. Nordstrom buyers give it 4.5 stars and call it “amazingly warm,” which makes sense given that it’s rated to keep you nice and toasty even when it’s 23 degrees Fahrenheit out. Available in 10 colors and prints, it comes in women's sizes XXS to XXL.
8. This classic vest from Lands' End
There's a reason Lands' End is such a household name: Its apparel is long-lasting and well-made. This vest is no different. Plus, with a classy collar and slim silhouette, it's stylish enough that you can even wear it to the office. Available in 13 colors and prints, it comes in women's sizes XXS to 3X in petite, regular and tall cuts.
9. This preppy vest from J.Crew
J.Crew sets its quilted vests apart by crafting them from recycled poly and filling them with a down-alternative product that the company says “both keeps you warm and keeps plastic bottles out of oceans and landfills.” The women’s version comes in five beautiful autumnal colors and has two handy pockets for all your essentials. The men’s option is a little more utilitarian, but has a corduroy lined collar and pockets, plus an interior compartment for anything you want to keep a little more secure. The vest comes in women's sizes XXS to 3X and men's sizes XS to XXL.
10. This fitted vest from Amazon
Another Amazon option that’s well-priced and well-reviewed, this vest has a 4.5-star rating from almost 13,000 reviewers. People especially love the band on the back that provides a snugger fit and keeps it from getting too boxy. They also like that the puffy vest is a great value for the price. Available in 11 colors—including a festive Christmas print, if you’re already getting ready for Santa—it comes in women's sizes XS to XXL.
11. This royal-approved vest from Barbour
British brand Barbour is a favorite among the royal family, seen on the likes of Prince William, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry. This particular vest features a flattering diamond-stitched pattern along with sturdy flap patch pockets. The snap-button closure will keep out any pesky fall drafts. Available in three colors, it comes in men's sizes S to XXL.
12. This rugged vest from Columbia
Another vest that comes from a reputable outdoor brand, Columbia’s Powder Lite vest is lined with thermal-reflective material and filled with warm insulation. It also has a drawcord adjustable hem and zippered hand pockets, lest you lose your cell phone while you’re out raking leaves. Available in six colors, it comes in men's sizes S to 6X in regular and tall cuts.
13. This lightweight vest from L.L.Bean
L.L.Bean’s PrimaLoft Packaway Vest is billed as the brand’s “lightest synthetic vest” and is made from recycled materials like "[NASA-developed] revolutionary Aerogel, the lightest material on the planet." It also packs away into its own pocket, making it great for any traveller on the go. Available in five colors, it comes in women's sizes XXS to XL in petite, regular and plus cuts and men's sizes S to XL in regular and tall cuts.
14. This work vest from Caterpillar
A workwear brand’s version of the classic puffy vest, Caterpillar’s Arctic Zone vest features both exterior and interior pockets with zip closures. Amazon buyers say they like how the vest is a little longer than most, meaning it won’t ride up when you're lifting your arms to pick apples or chasing after the kiddos in the pumpkin patch. It even comes with a special hole for a headphone jack on one of the interior pockets, which is nice if you’re looking to connect your mobile device while you’re out and about. Available in six earthy colors, it comes in men's sizes S to 4X.
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