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.
Even if you've never had the chance to do horseback riding lessons, this preppy dress will make you feel like you are ready to hop on a horse at any moment. Pair with some cool riding boots and fitted jeggings.
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.
This super lightweight down vest has a water repellent coating and lots of pockets for all your essentials. The down inside the vest is responsibly sourced, and this solid option also comes in dark berry and teal.
The Casual Green Vest
Allegra K Stand Collar Lightweight Gilet Quilted Zip Vest
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.
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.
If you're that person who is constantly freezing no matter the temperature, this heated vest will keep you toasty at all times. Better still, the rechargeable heating packs aren't visible on the outside of the vest, so they won't ruin your outfit.
The Hooded Fleece Vest
Outwear Sport Casual Warm Thick Hooded Vest Fleece
If you hate have the win blow in your ears, you'll want an outerwear option with a hood. With this plush fleece hooded vest, you won't get a headache, or earache, and you'll stay nice and cozy in the cold.
If you are looking for something super cozy, this cable knit vest is a perfect pick. The beige-colored knit looks great over a button-down shirt or even a billowy floral midi dress complete with knee-high boots.
The Houndstooth Vest
Viottiset Women Oversized Houndstooth Sweater Vest Knit Sleeveless V Neck Pullover Tunic Top Khaki X-Large
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.
You may have a jean jacket in your closet, but you'll want a denim vest, too. This dark blue look will coordinate with most of your closet and can be worn well into the colder months by layering thick sweaters or tops underneath it.
This color blocked vest (available in several colorways) is filled with goose down to keep you nice and cozy, and the nylon exterior is water resistant on those rainy days. It even comes with a stuff sack, for convenient storage in a suitcase or backpack.
This is 100 percent down look is not quite a vest, but not quite a jacket. This short sleeved puffer is perfect for the in-between temps, and you'll have freedom to move your arms if you are doing yard work or on a hike.
Marina LiaoMarina Liao is the fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covers celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducts original interviews with industry insiders.