While doing some research for a post on Woolrich I came across what may be the first exception to the aforementioned rule of mine. Granted I'm still on the fence about a lot of this stuff, but I am digging this Railroad Vest available from Woolrich for $65.00. I can see this working for both someone who needs a utilitarian vest for outdoors/work activities and the city dwelling guy who is looking for that new middle layer to kick things up a notch or two...or three if you go with the red/black plaid. I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on the vest and the debate in general.
Here's a snippet about the vest's heritage from the Woolrich website, "This is one of the earliest garments made at the Woolrich mills in Pennsylvania. Yet every year, it becomes more popular. We originally made this vest for railroaders in the late 1800s."