Splurge or Save: Printed Vest

For years I’ve wanted a plaid quilted vest. I vividly remember roughly 8 years ago, one afternoon after a football game, hanging out at a fraternity party, and obsessing over an acquaintance’s plaid puffy vest. It was so perfectly outdoorsy and autumnal and looked adorable with jeans and bean boots (funny enough, bean boots are apparently all the rage this year). Each fall, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for a plaid vest to add to my wardrobe and this year J.Crew had the vest I had been looking for… except it kept selling out and it’s $138. (You’ve already seen it in my Christmas themed gift guide.)

Splurge: J.Crew Quilted Excursion Vest Buffalo Check
Save: J.Crew Factory Novelty Quilted Vest

Luckily, J.Crew Factory came to the rescue and released a similar version of the J.Crew vest except it’s even better. While I loved the buffalo check on the J.Crew version, I wasn’t totally sold on the red and navy combo. 99% of the time, I’m wearing black or gray in the winter so navy kind of throws me for a loop. The J.Crew Factory version is black and red, so between the price (over 50% less) and the colors, it’s a winner.


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