Dressing well in winter can be tricky. The conundrum: How do you fight the big chill without getting deathly sick of your giant winter coat? Short answer: Leave the coat in the back of the closet as long as possible by learning to layer up. The field vest, once thought of as a blue-collar staple for postal workers and Wichita linemen, is now offce-ready, thanks to high-fashion designers like Belstaff and lower-cost hubs like Club Monaco. The vest's lightweight quilting adds warmth without bulking up your flannel suit or that new tweed sports jacket you just snapped up. Click through to see rap's hottest rookie, Big Sean, wear it three more ways. Plus: A full range of layering tips and tools that will help stave off the boring-winter-coat blues.
Vest, $170 by Club Monaco. Suit by Michael Kors. Shirt by J.Lindeberg. Tie by Nobis. Pocket square from KSI NYC
Tuck Your Scarf
Never wonder what to do with the floppy scarf tail again. Tuck it into your field vest and you're fully bundled.
Vest, $275 by AllSaints. Scarf by Smart Turnout. Blazer by Burberry London. Sweater by A.P.C. Jeans by Saturdays NYC.
Navy is a safe bet, but copper and olive are unimpeachable fall classics. Bonus: A vest doesn't bulk up the slim sleeves of your jacket.
Vest, $150 by Woolrich Woolen Mills. Suit jacket by Ovadia & Sons. Shirt by J.Crew. Tie by Topman. Tie bar by The Tie Bar. Jeans by A.P.C. Hat by Aviator Nation.
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Vest, $395 by Belstaff. Suit by Club Monaco. Shirt by Gant Rugger. Tie by David Hart & Co. Tie bar by The Tie Bar. Hat by Grevi at Barneys New York. Watch (throughout) by Rolex.
Instead of the same black gloves every Aeron jockey wears, juice up winter with colors and patterns that have a little more oomph.
If you can judge a man's salary by his shoes, you can judge his style by his socks. These ragg socks are thinner than the ones at REI, so you can wear them with brogues or wingtip boots to the offce.
Don't wait for the deepest chills to hit before you break out a scarf and hat. Start layering them on long before that hard-core coat comes out
1. Driver Cap + Knit Scarf
You shouldn't need a design degree to get dressed. All these duos match only in a loose way.
Hat, $210 by Lock & Co. at George G. Graham Galleries. Scarf, $385 by Piombo at Barneys New York.
2. Pom-Pom Hat + Nordic Scarf
Two icons of winter, to be worn by men who truly embrace the season.
Hat, $270 by Moncler. Scarf, $28 by Topman.
3. Nautical Hat + University Scarf
Mix colors, patterns, and references. French sailor with Oxford scholar? Sure!
Hat, $75 by S.N.S. Herning at Henrik Vibskov. Scarf, $98 by J.Press.
4.Wool Baseball Cap + Ragg Scarf
Wear cotton and you'll freeze. That's what tweed and wool are for.
Hat, $48, by Hickoree's. Scarf, $40 by Eddie Bauer.
5. Waxed Bucket Hat + Plaid Scarf
Think of them as tools—wax means you stay dry—that happen to look great.
Hat, $170 by Grevi at Barneys New York. Scarf, $148 by Coach Men's.