Lauren's Winter Layering Vest

I never thought I'd want this.
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I never thought I'd want this.
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Somehow, I made it through four years at a New Hampshire college without buying a Patagonia fleece jacket or a down vest. Flash forward six years, I'm living in New York, working in fashion, and I want both.

On the recommendation of my friend Rachel, I bought Uniqlo's slim down puffer vest in navy, and I really like it, both for cool Saturday morning runs and for layering with my typical black jeans/navy turtleneck/navy coat winter uniform. It adds a lot of warmth without adding any bulk on the shoulders or arms — which, as any owner of a structured-shoulder coat knows, can be pretty uncomfortable.

Uniqlo Women Ultra Light Down Vest, $49.90, available at Uniqlo.