I’m conflicted about sporty puffy vests (or “body warmers” as I grew up calling them). I wore them a lot as a child and teen when I went horse riding, so I think of them as authentic equestrian sports gear and not fashion. Also, they are often worn very casually here in Seattle along with gear like t-shirts, fleece, yoga pants and Keens. This is not a fab look to my eye unless you’re going for a power walk or attending a sporting event. 

The photos below illustrate how I like puffy vests worn best: with a good dose of trendy fashion. Some of the looks are casual whereas others are more dressed up. Some vests are very puffy while others are less so. Some are neutral and some are bright. 

Try wearing a puffy vest in a less outdoorsy way by creating a less expected juxtaposition of ensemble items. Mix in a bit of glam and texture. For example, layer a puffy vest over head to toe denim matched with pointy toe pumps. Wear it with on trend sweat pants and booties. With leather pants and heeled oxfords. With a sparkly skirt. Over a dress with leg warmers and boots. With tailored trousers and a cashmere sweater. Over a silky blouse with shooties. With slouchy trousers and heeled sandals. Take the puffy vest out of its sporty box.  

Would you wear a puffy vest, and if so how would you wear it? Do you like the way puffy vests are being worn in the outfits shown here?

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