Down is back again. But long gone is the marshmallow silhouette of yore. Today, it sits closer to the body and can be found with up to 900-fill Canadian HutteriteDown™ insulation to keep you toasty without looking like you’ve put on any winter weight. In fact, technical outdoor apparel lines like Canada’s Westcomb don’t even call them jackets anymore, but sweaters. This makes down, in its slimmer rendering, ideal for layering over or under your fall wardrobe.
Here, I layered my boys in nylon down, front-zip fleece hoodies, and button-down shirting. Mixing not only patterns, but textures, is the key to layering beyond just the functionality or warmth (and the option to shed layers once you get to the office or too hot playing ultimate frisbee on the weekend). The luster of the nylon shell creates a rich contrast against the matte texture of fleece. Given its super lightweight and compressible fill, down vests and jackets can easily be layered under tailored clothing too. Tweed sport-coats, grey flannel suiting, and navy blazers...they’re all down.