Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Outerwear is a great way to add a bit if uniqueness to any fit, but what do you do once you’ve collected all the jackets that you need? You drop the sleeves and move onto vests of course! While still outerwear, vests are a bit more wearable in the summer months and make excellent layering pieces once the weather starts to cool.
1) Rogue Territory: Ridgeline Vest in Pine
Rogue Territory’s Supply Jacket is a fan favorite, but this week we are taking a look at their Ridgeline Vest. The two are similar in a lot of ways — they have similar cuts, pockets, buttons, and collars, although the vest is obviously sans sleeves. Personally, I’d rock jeans, boots, and jackets year-round if I could, but the weather can sometimes be prohibitive; vests are a great way to continue wearing the clothes you love without dying from the heat.
Available for $215 from Need Supply.
2) Sunny Sports: Hunting Vest in Melton Wool
Sunny Sports’ Hunting Vest might be a too warm for the summer, but now is a great time to stock up on winter clothing at a steep discount. This piece is constructed in Japan from a Melton wool blend which is twenty percent nylon for added durability, and it has a bunch of great design features. It has extra large pockets the wrap from front to back, lined pockets, and a unique placket design.
Available for $185 from Blue Owl Workshop.
3) Barbour: Lowerdale Vest in Dark green
Barbour’s designs are iconic. They’re simple, sleek, can go with a range of different styles, and generally have the same aesthetic and colorways. The dark green fabric with brass hardware is a classic, and can add that little something extra to many different outfits; whether you are sporting workwear or traditional English biking clothes, this vest deserves a place in your collection.
Available for $179 from Unionmade Goods.
4) Filson: Oil Tin Cloth Vest in Tan
Filson’s tin cloth is one of the most recognizable fabrics on the market, and with good reason. It’s hard-wearing, water resistant, and only looks better with wear. Their Oil Tin Cloth Vest is one of the many products offered in this fabric, but it is certainly one of the more unique options. It’s similar in design to Filson’s Short Cruiser, which is itself a heavily modified Levi’s Type III jacket.
Available for $120 from Filson.
5) Arc’teryx Veilance: Quoin Vest
Not everyone loves techwear, but anyone who owns on a piece from Arc’teryx Veilance knows just how easy it is to fall down the techwear rabbit hole. They’re made from some of the best synthetic fabrics and the construction is top notch; while not cheap, the quality of Arc’teryx products is far better than most other techwear companies. This vest features a nylon outer, wool fill, and front handwarming pockets.
Available for $387 from Gravity Pope.
Plus One – Brown’s Beach: Early Vest in Oxford Grey
Brown’s Beach offers some pretty crazy products, and their Early Vest is just the tip of the iceberg. The proprietary fabric is absolutely gorgeous, and the details are phenomenal: snap front closure, cinched back, black piping throughout, and uniquely shaped pockets. While this vest might not be everyone’s cup of tea, its design is far from what we see from most companies these days.
Available for $376 from Blue Button Shop.