“I’ll Try Anything Once” is my favorite song by Julian Casablancas – and my style philosophy as of late. I’ve been swan diving into trends that I never thought I would wear, and to my surprise, many are now key pieces in my closet (they haven’t all been wins, of course). But vests are the fall equivalent of wrap tops, a clothing piece that I’ve never considered and almost forgotten about altogether. After all, how warm can something with no sleeves actually keep you? I was very skeptical.

Vests make the convincing case that if you’re ever stranded somewhere cold, just keep your core warm and the rest of your body will follow. That’s a free cold weather survival tip courtesy of me, recent vest convert. But don’t take my word for it (I wasn’t even a girl scout!); try them out for yourselves and let me know if they suffice in keeping you warm this fall.

Turns out those finance bros are on to something. Scroll through to see why I’m ditching my jackets for vests this fall.

Monday: The Finance Vest

By the first day of fall, the streets of NYC are swarmed with the finance and tech crowd wearing their company’s customized fleece vests. Unfortunately, mine isn’t R29 customized, but in the same workwear vein, I styled it with a wool skirt and blouse. I typed up an excel spreadsheet at 100 words per minute, thanks to how free my arms now were without the limitations of a jacket sleeve. I even took even took the look for a stroll down Wall Street. I fit right in minus the pink hair.

Tory Sport Sherpa Fleece Vest, $178, available at Tory Sport; Rodebjer blouse; Shu Shu Tong Double Layer Skirt, $570, available at Shopbop; Labucq Jules Black Boots, $350, available at Labucq; Zou Zou Lab Crochet Handbag, $111.30, available at Etsy.Photographed by Beth Sacca.

Tuesday: The Quilted Vest

When fabric is quilted, it increases the heat insulation by 39,205,820,935%. That’s a scientific fact tested and proven by me and the 30 quilted blankets I own and covet. Today was when the temps really dropped and fall hit us fast, so I doubled up with a quilted jacket under a vest. The textures were interesting because the quilting patterns were different, and I had little piece of my bed with me with every meeting I went to.

Maison Kitsuné Vest, $575, available at Maison Kitsuné; Lou and Grey Blueline Puffer Jacket, $148, available at Lou and Grey; Pamplemousse dress; Reebok Aztrek Sneakers, $90, available at Reebok.Photographed by Beth Sacca.

Wednesday: The Diver Vest

This is a PSA that not all vests must have an opening in the front. I define a vest as something that is made to be layered, and those vests deserve some love too this week. Kijun is one of my favorite designers right now – they’re making clothing that delightfully surprises me with how many different ways you can wear it. And as I previously mentioned, I love to be surprised by the clothing I wear.

Kijun Diver Vest, $290, available at Opening Ceremony; Elliette Gemma Mini Dress, $625, available at Elliette; Reebok Dayton DMX, $114.97, available at Reebok; Saks Potts Tights, $76.83, available at Saks Potts.Photographed by Beth Sacca.

Thursday: The Outdoors-y Vest

If a vest is built to keep a hiker warm in subzero temps, it’s surely able to meet your standards while you wait 30 minutes for the next subway. They’re built to insulate and the safest bet if you’re in vest ing in a vest for warmth, not just layering. To keep things light, I opted for pants that have a skirt built in (dreams) so that I’m not weighed down by too many layers – I am hypothetically hiking up a mountain after all.

The North Face 1996 Retro Seasonal Nuptse Vest, $179, available at The North Face; & Other Stories Houndstooth Sweater, $119, available at & Other Stories; Sandy Liang Apron Pants, $550, available at Shopbop; Labucq Jules Black Boots, 350, available at Labucq.Photographed by Beth Sacca.

Friday: The Puffer Vest

Just one puff is not enough. When I think vests, my mind leaps to a good puffer vest, and this one is it. Pile it on top of a chunky cardigan with clouds for sleeves and a really good sequin dress, and it might keep you warm all the way until December, when holiday dressing season is also upon us.

TNA The Super Puff Vest, $150, available at Aritzia; I Love Mr Mittens Diamond Cardigan, $490, available at Shopbop; Walk Of Shame dress.Photographed by Beth Sacca.

Saturday: The Sweater Vest

I pushed this day off as far as I could, because knitwear without sleeves feels even more outrageous than a jacket without sleeves. They’re what I imagine prep school kids wearing and spilling clam chowder on during lunch. With my school days far beyond me, I decided to go a more casual route with super comfy silk pants and a top underneath. The outfit still made me feel studious, but not studious enough to want to wear my glasses out of the house.

Marni Intarsia Knitted Vest, $1,000, available at Net-A-Porter; Stine Goya Charlene Pants, $276.65, available at Stine Goya; Creatures of Comfort Coy Top, $290, available at Creatures of Comfort; Reebok Dayton DMX, $114.97, available at Reebok.Photographed by Beth Sacca.

Sunday: The Fisherman Vest

Am I going on a safari? Fishing? Waiting in line at Supreme? That’s the great thing about this vest – it can be open to interpretation depending on how you style it. I wanted to keep it simple with a khaki trench coat. I’m a detective that just got back from a fishing trip with my dad! Let me know what persona you would embody with this one.

Baggy By Baggy Fishing Vest, $90, available at Baggy By Baggy; & Other Stories Oversized Belted Trenchcoat, $219, available at & Other Stories.Photographed by Beth Sacca.

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