When you have to layer up to battle dipping temps, capes and cardigans — as pretty as they are — might not always be the most practical option. There are other cold-blasting toppers hiding in your closet that have likely, as of late, been getting a little less love, like parkas or the quilted puffer vest. Despite its undeniable versatility and layering capabilities, it might leave you feeling a little less than inspired these days, but that’s where Style Resolutions comes in. This week, we’re focusing on three new ways to get your down-vest groove back — no plaid shirts, L.L. Bean boots or beanies required.

How to Style a Quilted Vest for the Office


Bring a pop of fresh color to your morning commute by layering that eye-catching outerwear over your office essentials. It’ll give a chambray shirt and folkloric skirt an instant refresh, while making subtle accessories like shimmery hoops with rose-colored gems shine bright. And because no fall/winter outfit is complete without a chic pair of ankle boots, add on these patent leather Chelsea boots that are perfect for rain or shine.

J.Crew Excursion Quilted Down Vest ($120) + Warehouse Tencel Placket Skirt ($71), Zara Embroidered Skirt ($70), Aldo Desarea Ankle Boot ($140), Cambridge Satchel Company The Large Push Lock ($150), J.Crew Cimmerian Hoop Earrings ($88), Poketo Color Block Planner ($15), Buxom Full-On Lipstick ($19)

How to Style a Quilted Vest for a Night Out


When serious dancing is on the agenda, fussing with bulky coats and jackets is just a flat-out no. That makes your vest the *ideal* option for staying warm on a night out. Toss it over a bold graphic sweater dress, then mix in gilded accessories like strappy heels and a layered necklace for a little after-hours polish.

J.Crew Excursion Quilted Down Vest ($120) + Eggs Irina Dress ($333), Express Collar and Pendant Necklace ($25), Zara High Heel Court Shoe With Straps ($70), ASOS Co-Ord Embellished Stripe Clutch Bag ($63), NARS Duo Eyeshadow ($34)

How to Style a Quilted Vest for the Weekend


Use your quilted vest to inject a sophisticated-meets-preppy edge into sporty separates, like trouser joggers and a striped-neck sweater. Exotic loafers and an elevated baseball cap offer a mix of modern-day elegance with a menswear-inspired edge, while a trendy tweed crossbody channels subtle boho-on-the-go vibes.

J.Crew Excursion Quilted Down Vest ($120) + Topshop Jogger Trousers ($75), H&M Jacquard Knit Sweater ($40), Dolce Vita Brannon Flat ($130), Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. Crossbody Bag ($225), Urban Outfitters Corduroy Baseball Cap ($24), Opi This Color’s Making Waves Nail Polish ($10), Jenny Sheriff Safety Pin Earrings in Gold ($65)

What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!