Despite its lack of anything remotely resembling "exclusivity" or "cool guy status" the one down vest you hear about all the time is Lands End's down vest. From the holy annals of GQ all the way on down to that one terrible style blog you just can't quit (i.e. Sartorially Inclined), this vest has showed up and for good reason. The common strategy is to size down and grab yourself the one down vest you need for 6-8 months out of the year depending on the weather where you live. It's normally really cheap, but if you hit the link above you will find yourself in Lands End's overstock section where really cheap has been replaced by its much more lovable younger brother dirt cheap. I think everyone reading this can spare $15 for a F/W essential, especially when the colors available are pretty great. You want the color of the season? Olive is represented. You want to keep things brooding as hell so girls think you're mysterious or some shit? The pewter gray is on point. You're still looking for your F/W levity? You could do worse than rich red. For reference here is the vest in the wild as worn by my buddy CB.