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Down vests over suit coats

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LeonM, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. MrBon

    MrBon Well-Known Member

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    i think a full or 3/4 length top coat would look much better, i could only say in my opinion, it just doesn't look good.
     
  2. pandamonium

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    If all your friends were wearing dress socks as pocket squares, would you do it, too?
     
  3. benjamin831

    benjamin831 Well-Known Member

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    If all your friends were wearing dress socks as pocket squares, would you do it, too?

    What if your only friend is Mr. Moo?
     
  4. Nicola

    Nicola Well-Known Member

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    Don't see the pics.

    Over a jacket or under?

    A vest under a jacket is common. Over I've never seen. A vest under a jacket is common enough you'll see jackets sold with a zip out lining.

    Remember it's not normal to turn the heat on just because you're feeling a slight chill . People around here believe you should dress for the weather. Tourists often end up with blue bits.
     
  5. incastoutcast

    incastoutcast Well-Known Member

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    There is something charming about wearing down over a structured jacket. It adds a layer of sporty ruggedness to a refined interior. It's like looking at the cross-section of a tree, the beautiful golden wood is surrounded by a coarse shell of bark. Mmmmm.... trees.

    If you want sporty ruggedness over a refined interior, wear a tweed coat. I don't know what sort of hallucinogen-induced trees you're thinking of, but tree bark is generally rough, not nylon-smooth and lumpy, in neon colors. Besides, the tweed looks better than the puffer, and will remain in style longer.

    Was that so hard?
     
  6. Nicola

    Nicola Well-Known Member

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    If you want sporty ruggedness over a refined interior, wear a tweed coat.

    In the city?
     
  7. clausc

    clausc Well-Known Member

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    I would not wear it, but I am planning to use this colour combination. I bought yesterday some grey flannel pants and a tan car coat from Cucinelli (and I'm ruined) that I'm planning to wear with some light brown suede Tod's chukka boots. I might wear one of their vests over a jumper.


    Bruno Cucinelli Puffer Jacket
    [​IMG] link article
     
  8. hammer07

    hammer07 Well-Known Member

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    It's been done before in Cucinelli catalogues but definitely not a city look.
     
  9. clausc

    clausc Well-Known Member

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    Certainly a very 'milanese' look.
     
  10. lasbar

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    Certainly a very 'milanese' look.

    It is a very Italian look like suede shoes and coloured trousers.

    I went to Florence in the winter and everybody had these padded anoraks...
     
  11. LeonM

    LeonM Well-Known Member

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    I think it'd be almost doable if the vest were as long or longer than the jacket.


    This is one of the jarring points. The padded gilet only reaches the waist.


    Over a jacket or under?

    A vest under a jacket is common. Over I've never seen. A vest under a jacket is common enough you'll see jackets sold with a zip out lining.


    Over. Although I have seen the giacca con gilet as well. Have to get a whole extra coat for that.

    [​IMG]

    Perhaps the general horror at the idea, is that outside Italy, this is not done.

    Leon
     
  12. GBR

    GBR Well-Known Member

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    Don't it looks silly and there is a absolutely no requirement for thoughtless compliance.
     
  13. chestercopperpot

    chestercopperpot Well-Known Member

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    i think vest over the suit looks great. i have penfield vest that i wear over my flannel suits when its cold and it looks great. also the majority of my trips to milan and florence in the winter i've seen this look by the italians. though the ones they have have breast pockets. thank goodness i havn't seen a pocket square in one of them though. HA

    so yes, don't mind the haters on this thread. go for it sir. each his own.
     
  14. JayJay

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    I would not wear it, but I am planning to use this colour combination. I bought yesterday some grey flannel pants and a tan car coat from Cucinelli (and I'm ruined) that I'm planning to wear with some light brown suede Tod's chukka boots. I might wear one of their vests over a jumper.


    Bruno Cucinelli Puffer Jacket
    [​IMG] link article

    This doesn't look too bad to me. I wouldn't wear the jacket with the suit, but I'd certainly wear the suede chukkas.
     
  15. 82-Greg

    82-Greg Well-Known Member

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    This doesn't look too bad to me. ...

    Trousers are too short. Almost makes him look like the awkward teenager who has outgrown this school years clothes and his parents won't buy him more trousers till the start of next school year.

    The gray of the trousers and the coat don't match and don't complement one another. As a matter of fact it looks like he got the coat from one suit (worsted?) and the trousers from a similar -- though slightly differently colored -- flannel suit.

    Topping it off with the puffy coat (or vest) is truly an abomination!

    Puffy coats (or vests) over suits are disasters! It marks the Visigoths at the gates! Do not let them in!
     
  16. JayJay

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    Trousers are too short. Almost makes him look like the awkward teenager who has outgrown this school years clothes and his parents won't buy him more trousers till the start of next school year.

    The gray of the trousers and the coat don't match and don't complement one another. As a matter of fact it looks like he got the coat from one suit (worsted?) and the trousers from a similar -- though slightly differently colored -- flannel suit.

    Topping it off with the puffy coat (or vest) is truly an abomination!

    Puffy coats (or vests) over suits are disasters! It marks the Visigoths at the gates! Do not let them in!

    I didn't look closely enough, I thought it was a suit, not odd jacket and pants. I agree with you on the jacket/pant combo.
     
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    Puffy anything with a suit ≠ good look.
     
  18. aj_del

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    ^^ I also thought it was a suit and didnt pay much attention. Now that Greg has pointed it out the mismatched jacket and trousers seem to look even more jarring than the puffer jacket.

    Also am I the only one who thinks Cucinelli's personal dress sense is highly over-rated. The sartorialist blog goes on as if hes something really special.

    The down vest over suit makes several appearances on the BC website in both short and long version

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  19. luftvier

    luftvier Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ This looks terrible
     
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    I didn't look closely enough, I thought it was a suit, not odd jacket and pants. I agree with you on the jacket/pant combo.
    I missed that too ... thinking it a suit. I just assumed a slight difference in lighting. I must pay more attention.

    As for the short trousers ... perhaps he's anticipating "high water" ... but if so ... there go the Chukkas.
     

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