I am 30. Â Is that too young for a vest? Â I like the conservative, tight appearance it gives a suit. Â Why would people not like that? Â I think it looks clean and professional, it seems more disciplined and formal than without. Â I often wonder if it is appropriate for business however.
There is no "too young" for a vest. Â Okay, maybe 12. The problem is that some people get offended when they think young people are dressing "above their station" or age. Â This is a huge problem in certain industries. Â A lot of people I know are in I-banking, both in New York and on the West Coast. Â Some of these are pretty testosterone heavy guys. Â Frat-huns, rubgy players, weight lifters, guys who like to fight and who know how. Â Not ones to shrink from much of anything. Â Yet they were horrified of violating the Wall Street dress code. Â They would see me after work or what not in my 3-piece suit, suede shoes, pocket hank, etc. and profess admiration. Â And I would say, "Hey, man, you make 3, 4, 5 times more money than I do. Â I can take you where you need to go to get rigged out." Â And they would say, "No, I can't, won't work," or whatever. Â Only once did one of them, late at night after a lot
of booze, break down and explain it all to me. Â I'll bet we have I-bankers on the forum who can confirm or dispute what I say. Â Having never been in the industry, I can't judge the truth of it for myself. Â I just pass along what I have heard. Anyway, this problem is only a problem insofar as it's a problem. Â Which is a snarky way of saying, if no one cares, you'll be fine. Â I have always dressed like a bit of a dandy, ever since I went out into the wide world, and so far as I know it's never caused me a problem. Â I suppose it could have caused me problems I don't know about, but then I'll never know, so who cares.
I wish we had good bespoke tailors here in Seattle.
These guys are worth at least checking out: http://www.giandecaro.com/
I have not used them or even seen their work, but I've heard good things.