Can I ask a question about lapels on vests in general? Â A guy visited my office in Rockefeller Center last month wearing a solid grey three-piece with notch lapels on the vest. Â He was a very distinguished type, salt and pepper hair and thick mustache...so the overall effect was major power suit as opposed to dandy; he looked really sharp and really made an impression during his presentation-you just couldn't ignore the guy. Â I have a three-piece in my wardrobeand am thinking about adding some more, ( I see a lot more of them here in NYC...even some of the local reporters are wearing them on the local news) they really make me feel like I have an edge-especially when I am doing a presentaion. Â I am wondering if I can get away with a (single-breasted) lapelled vest for business (I work in communications and am 35)
For many years, I have been a fan of lapels on vests. Â (I should clarify, vests that are SB, not DB.) Â It all began when I saw a BBC series about a young doctor in the 30s who, on the show, wore DB suits with vests with lapels. Â I was hooked. It was only last year, after learning much from this Forum, that I ordered two DB suits with vests that have lapels. Â About a month ago, I ordered a Hickey Freeman SB suit that will also have a vest with lapels. Â When I wear the vest, I do so not to impress anyone but simply because I enjoy wearing it. Â I do have to admit that people notice and have only heard positive comments. Â Clothing should be fun to wear, and if you have an urge to wear such a vest, go for it. Â I think that a vest with lapels adds an element of subtle surprise to the suit. Â (I think that this is especially true with a DB suit.) Â And it allows one to wear a pocket watch which adds another element to the look.