Originally Posted by negusnegas
I know I might draw the ire of the mob, but do most of the poster's live in NY or driving cities? I think the easy of movement and relative lightness of the vest makes it desirable for certain conditions. If you are on a Vespa or a bicycle, which don't allow overcoats for example. Also, I might be in the minority, but I always feel that the full overcoat over suit look can be a bit stuffy and constricting, but once again I am open to hear objections or other options. I agree that the idea of a puffer jacket over suit is pretty hideous though, because the upside of the vest is that it provides warmth while not constricting movement. But that may just be me.
^I find the look much more appealing on someone on a bike/Vespa than on the guy who's sporting an $1,800 Cucinelli vest thing over his suit just for the sake of sporting an $1,800 Cucinelli vest thing. When it's a practical choice that represents a certain carefree approach to clothing, that's great. When it's about making the vest the "focal point" of the outfit, to grab eyeballs, it doesn't do so much for me. At a certain point, it just becomes an affectation, and a conspicuous one at that. I like a little affectation here and there, but this one is a step too far into "look at me" for my tastes.