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Tuxedo vest

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I am having a MTM vest made for my single button, peak lapel tux. The vest will have a full back, the lining to match the lining in the jacket. Although I will keep the jacket on through out the evening, and no one will see the back of the vest, this is a personal preference of mine. Just curious to see if others do this? Classic
post #2 of 11
I agree with the choice of a backed vest. The 'false-front' vests seem rediculous and one of the epitomes of form over function. If you are getting hot, you perhaps should trade the vest for a cummerbund, as is the practice in hot climates. (I suppose traditionalists would argue that a cummerbund wouldn't go with tails, but I can envision a white pique cummerbund.)
post #3 of 11
Absolutely go with the full vest. There is nothing more unsightly than a man wearing what amounts to a bib.
post #4 of 11
Classic: In the 1920's the Prince of Wales (to be King Edward VIII, then the Duke of Windsor after his abdication in 1936)  created the back-less (thus cooler) formal waistcoat. But I agree with the full back vest even though (as you state) a gentlemen never removes his jacket in public and no one will ever know if there is a back or not. However if you want to wear the formal vest with jeans out to a diner some morning at 2 am you'll be set.. Andy
post #5 of 11
For wear under a suit, I disagree. A ful backed vest creates tooo much bulk, throwing off the spine of the jacket.
post #6 of 11
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Absolutely go with the full vest. There is nothing more unsightly than a man wearing what amounts to a bib.
HAHAHAHA. LMAO. Jon.
post #7 of 11
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Absolutely go with the full vest.  There is nothing more unsightly than a man wearing what amounts to a bib.
I couldn't have said it better myself (which is why I'm just quoting.)
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
As an FYI, was in a tux shop today with a friend and I asked the sales person if they did much business in fully backed vests. She said that generally people who purchase their tux will request a fully backed vest, while those who rent will go with the back-less. Don't know if this is true, but it sounds good, and she said it with great conviction and such a smile. Classic
post #9 of 11
I dont think a full vest throws off the angle of the spine of the coat. Im sure more than a few of us own three piece suits, and when they are made the space a vest takes up is accounted for. Otherwise every three piece suit would look ill fitting.
post #10 of 11
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As an FYI, was in a tux shop today with a friend and I asked the sales person if they did much business in fully backed vests. She said that generally people who purchase their tux will request a fully backed vest, while those who rent will go with the back-less. Don't know if this is true, but it sounds good, and she said it with great conviction and such a smile. Classic
This is because the bib vest (that's what I call it) is cheaper, and thus the rental tuxes come with those. The last time I rented a tux, I specifically asked for the full back vest and it was a battle convincing them not to charge me extra.
post #11 of 11
I think the other reason that rental places push the bib vest is because they are easier to adjust in size, so they don't have to carry as many in their inventory and thus don't spend the extra money of buying every different size of full backed vests. Bradford
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