You know what we love about winter vests? They’re cute AND practical—especially for travel. And if you purchase the right vest, you’ll have plenty of pockets for storing an iPhone, Chapstick, maybe some tissues, and definitely every strange item your kids find on the ground. These are our picks for the best winter vests for women and moms.
1. ScotteVest RFID Travel Vest for Women
This women’s winter vest has 18 pockets (!), including an RFID blocking pocket and interior pockets for a smartphone, tablet, camera, sunglasses, travel documents and more. The ScotteVest RFID Travel Vest for Women is also wrinkle-resistant, making it especially ideal for travel, and its lightweight material means you can wear it year-round. It comes in several different colors. ScotteVest also makes multi-pocket hoodies, jackets and other clothing and accessories for both women and men.
2. L.L. Bean Classic Utility Vest, Sherpa Lined
New at L.L.Bean, this utility vest is both fashionable and practical. The L.L. Bean Classic Utility Vest features faux sherpa lining for warmth, and four pockets, two of which have snap closures. The vest—available in Darkest Gray and Dusty Olive—also has a back slit and drawstring at the waist for a flattering look you’ll love.
3. L.L. Bean Upcountry Waxed Cotton Down Vest
We love the preppy look of L.L. Bean’s Upcountry Waxed Cotton Down Vest, available in both women’s and men’s sizes. What we love even more is that it repels moisture, dries quickly, is ultra lightweight and is longer in the back, providing a little extra coverage. It has two exterior pockets and a hidden interior pocket. It’s available in Dark Khaki, Coffee Bean and Loden (dark green); note that the vest’s patina ages for a worn-in look.
4. Land’s End Women’s Ultralight Packable Down Vest
The Land’s End Women’s Ultralight Packable Down Vest is extra-long for hip coverage, is both insulated and lightweight at the same time, and has a two-way zipper for venting. The best part? It’s packable! It easily folds into an internal pocket so you can throw it in your purse or carry-on bag for easy access.
5. The North Face Women’s Nuptse 2 Vest
This lightweight puffer vest offers two exterior pockets and an interior zipper pocket. We also love the North Face Women’s Nuptse 2 vest’s simple design—and the fact that you can order it in just about every color imaginable! It also comes in a variety of patterns.
6. Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Mock Neck Sherpa Lined Vest
Don’t want a stuffy high-neck vest? The Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Mock Neck Sherpa Lined Vest is the winter vest for you, with a mock neck area. It offers two front pockets and a zippered pocket at the top, and its faux shearling interior is both stylish and cozy. It comes in several different colors.
7. MEROKEETY Women’s Casual Sherpa Fleece Vest
Looking for a fuzzy vest that can be worn with anything? Check out the MEROKEETY Women’s Casual Sherpa Fleece Vest. This faux fur-lined vest features a zipper closure and two pockets, and comes in five different styles.
8. Columbia Women’s Heavenly Water Resistant Insulated Vest
The Columbia Women’s Heavenly Water Resistant Insulated Vest is thick enough to keep you warm, yet light enough that you won’t get too hot. Its exterior dries extra fast, making it especially ideal for winter family vacations. It has two zippered pockets in the front and comes in 13 colors.
9. Auline Collection Women’s Quilted Vest
We can’t get enough of the Auline Collection Women’s Quilted Vest! This vest features a hood, fashionable gold zipper and buttons, and two zippered exterior pockets. It comes in 10 colors and is less than $30 (and depending on the color, less than $20 in some cases). Score!