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The Best Women's Vests to Bundle Up In This Fall

This is not your grandpa's vest (sorry—still love you, gramps).

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Contrary to what you might expect from a sleeveless garment, vests provide a ton of warmth because they keep your core insulated. If you own one or have tried one on (I remember stealing my mom's puffy vests when I was younger), you'll know that instant toasty feeling it gives you. Though my mom's purple vest was definitely not stylish and more functional (sorry mom), the vest options on the market right now check off both boxes and more. No matter what you want—perhaps you need an insulated quilted vest for your morning runs, or maybe you want a fashion-forward puffer vest—the options are endless and there are vests for every type of activity. Ahead, I rounded up the best women's vests, including a sweater vest or two, for fall and winter 2020. By the end of this post, you'll find one you love. As for me, I definitely know which one I'd like to gift my mom.

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The Ultra Light Down Vest
Women Ultra Light Down Vest
Uniqlo uniqlo.com

This super lightweight down vest has a water repellent coating and can be folded down to store in its carrying pouch, making it the perfect packable option for your camping trips. The vest comes in several colors and is your most basic easy-to-wear style.

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The Colorblock Vest
Relaxed Vest in Colorblock Teddy
Daisy Street us.asos.com

On the opposite end of the spectrum is this watermelon-colored vest that's anything but plain. The piece features a front zip pocket and runs a little longer in length for those who want something pass their hips.

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The Quilted Vest
Quilted Vest
Lauren Ralph Lauren nordstrom.com

My high-school preppy self would have loved to own one of these quilted vests, along with taking horseback riding lessons. Though I can still do both as an adult, I'll settle for getting this vest first. Riding lessons are harder to come by in NYC.

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The Luxurious Vest
Shearling Vest

For a thicker shearling vest that feels luxurious to the touch, opt for this plush style from Coach. It's inspired by your traditional camping gear, except you won't be embarrassed to wear this when you're out of the woods.

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The White Sweater Vest
Cable-Knit Sweater Vest
H&M hm.com

If the word "vest" conjures up a cozy knit piece you can layer on top of your other clothes, this H&M option is for you. The cream-colored knit looks great over a button-down shirt or even a billowy floral midi dress complete with knee-high boots.

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The Amazon Fleece Vest
Benton Springs Soft Fleece Vest
Columbia amazon.com
$34.90 (22% off)

With over 4,000 ratings, this affordable vest is a favorite of Amazon shoppers. Based on the reviews, this vest runs on the smaller side and the material is a little more stiff, with less pile if that's a deal break for you. If not, scoop up the vest in several colors.

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The Houndstooth Vest
Houndstooth Gilet
Mango mango.com

This slightly oversize houndstooth vest feels classic but also cool because it's not quite so fitted to your body. Whether you choose to layer it with a shirt like that on the model or an even thicker, chunky knit sweater, you'll find that the houndstooth print adds just the right amount of pizazz to all your looks.

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The Green Utility Vest
Mint Green Recargo Vest
Daily Paper dailypaperclothing.com

If your style is not preppy, you'll gravitate towards this light green utility vest. It has sharp lines and curved edges along with a deep v-neck cut and four flap pockets for storing your essentials. Rock with the matching cargo pants for a one-of-a-kind uniform.

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The Casual Green Vest
Stand Collar Lightweight Gilet Quilted Zip Vest
Allegra K amazon.com

This casual vest is good to wear for your after-dinner strolls on a crisp fall night or if you're an early bird who likes to get a run in before work. It's fully lined on the inside and features a classic quilted pattern.

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The Beige Puffer Vest
Puffer Vest
H&M hm.com

This beige puffer vest will come in handy when you're looking for the one that matches all your outfits. Drawstrings on the front help cinch in the vest closer to your body while the oversize, padded style gives it that fashion-forward touch. 

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The Corset Crop Vest
Vera Vesty Cami
Intimately freepeople.com

A corset-inspired vest you can wear as a shirt (I also immediately picture Bella Hadid in this number). However, if you're not feeling the plunging neckline and skin-baring look, this vest can easily be strapped on over your favorite top.

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The Faux Leather Vest
Faux Leather Padded Vest
Zara zara.com

If you're looking for a more fashun vest, this is it. The padded faux leather plus puffy style gives it a voluminous look, thereby making it a statement piece.

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The Goose Down Puffer
Goose-Down Puffer Vest
Tna aritzia.com

Aritzia's Super Puff jackets are immensely popular with the fashion crowd, but if you don't need another puffer, consider getting the vest alternative. The Super Puff vest contains responsibly sourced goose down and is made from "an innovative Japanese ripstop fabric that's water-repellent, wind-resistant and gives when you move." 

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The Denim Vest
Rider Denim Vest
LEE nordstrom.com

If you already have a denim jacket, then the next piece you need to get is a denim vest. This faded blue one has a vintage feel and can be worn well into the colder months by layering thick sweaters or tops underneath it.

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The Padded Collar Vest
Padded Vest Stand Collar Lightweight Zip Quilted Gilet
fuinloth amazon.com
$24.99 (29% off)

There's no shortage of vest selections on Amazon with thousands of ratings, and this one has more than 2,700 comments on it. Fans of the piece say it's well made, lightweight, and super cute. This is your no-fuss piece to throw on, whether you're taking out the trash or walking the dog. 

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The Cool Utility Vest
Pertutti Leather Utility Vest
Free People freepeople.com

You thought you've seen every style of vest—until now. This unique leather utility vest comes in a harness-inspired design, so it'll make the wearer feel both bold and edgy.

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The Hooded Fleece Vest
Outwear Sport Casual Warm Thick Hooded Vest Fleece
ZSHOW amazon.com

I hate when the wind blows into my ears, so I always pick an outerwear option with a hood. If you're the same, you'll want to go with this plush fleece hooded vest. You won't get a headache, or earache, with this on. 

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The Camel Vest
Jo Vest
Staud shopbop.com

Swap out your blazers for this long camel vest on your Zoom calls. Not only is it less stuffy looking, but you can stay comfortable and presentable in front of your manager.

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The Reversible Vest
Reversible Plaid Hunter Vest
Fenoel fenoel.com

This reversible lace-up vest means you're getting a two-for-one deal. When you're in the mood to wear plaid, simply flip it to that side.

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