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Crossover vest with peak lapels

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cuffthis, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. cuffthis

    cuffthis Senior member

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    Very unusual, not quite sure is this works or not. Too many peak lapels for me. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Manton

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  3. Phil

    Phil Senior member

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    I guess I can see your point concerning too many peaks, but keep in mind you cant see the vest peaks when you are wearing the jacket. Likewise, when you take the jacket off, you only have the vest lapels to worry about. I think its a nice vest, my concern with it is that its a bit much for me. I tend to like simpler vests, but thats just me. Its a classic vest, has a great style, but its definetely for a dandy.
     
  4. Leo Jay

    Leo Jay Senior member

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    Peaks aside, the whole collared vest look, when worn with the jacket, is a bit crowded and bulky for my taste, especially given the weight of the cashmere (?).  But as with many other things, I suppose the right person might carry it off.
     
  5. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Hmm... I rather like the look. My only concern would be that the jacket would have to be specially constructed to accomodate the rather bulky vest, and you'd be forced to wear the damn thing ever time you wore the suit.

    On the other hand, that is a lot of peaks...
     
  6. Boulevardier

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    I love it, but then I'm a fancy vest fancier. May I ask you from where you gleaned that picture? I might just order it. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm guessing for a person with a really thin torso that would bulk him out well. I am not sure anybody with extra weight, or broad shoulders, would want that look.
     
  8. Mike C.

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    I saw that suit on a person yesterday. Except it was grey flannel and a 2 1/2 button. Same vest. It's made by Polo. I really like that vest.
     
  9. johnw86

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    I have a single-breasted notch lapel tweed vest by Polo, which I love, but I have problems pairing it with a coat. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate hearing them...(the vest is heathered brown/tan)
     
  10. Boulevardier

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    Ditto. This suit would work much much better in a less bulky fabric. Also something seems out of kilter.
     
  11. OnTheMark

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    Can I ask a question about lapels on vests in general?  A guy visited my office in Rockefeller Center last month wearing a solid grey three-piece with notch lapels on the vest.  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.  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.  I am wondering if I can get away with a (single-breasted) lapelled vest for business (I work in communications and am 35)
     
  12. bespoken2

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    I love it. I had Alan Flusser do a suit for me, with peaked lapels in the jacket and vest, a few years ago. My vest is a single breasted, as is the jacket. It was a conscious decision to have this made this way.
    The Polo vest takes on more of a formal tone. I would hope that the trousers have a reverse pleat or two, to really set off the look, IMHO.
    bespoken2
     
  13. clarinetplayer

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    For many years, I have been a fan of lapels on vests.  (I should clarify, vests that are SB, not DB.)  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.  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.  About a month ago, I ordered a Hickey Freeman SB suit that will also have a vest with lapels.  When I wear the vest, I do so not to impress anyone but simply because I enjoy wearing it.  I do have to admit that people notice and have only heard positive comments.  Clothing should be fun to wear, and if you have an urge to wear such a vest, go for it.  I think that a vest with lapels adds an element of subtle surprise to the suit.  (I think that this is especially true with a DB suit.)  And it allows one to wear a pocket watch which adds another element to the look.
     
  14. OnTheMark

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    It's a Hickey Freedman MTM suit I am looking at...they make lapelled vests an option on their website.
     
  15. masterfred

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    I love the double-breasted waistcoat, but that Polo vest is clumsily designed and cut. A DB vest really requires skillful cutting to avoid merely looking barrel-esque (?) Or should I say barrelish?

    Check out Fred Astaire in "Blue Skies," wearing a supremely elegant DB waistcoat.
     
  16. stache

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    I have seen a lot of double breasted vests with peaked lapels in mens' suits from the 40's but in that era the vest lapels were scaled smaller than the jacket lapels. I love the look of the buttoned jacket pictured but the vest alone looks like it wants sleeves.
     
  17. Phil

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    I bought this suit on Ebay last week. I am a perfect 40L in RL Blue Label, and at $500.00, I couldnt refuse. The suit is so soft and buttery, I am very glad I made the purchase. However, as is the case with all of RL RTW 40L vests, this one is too short on me. I knew this going into it, and $500.00 was still a good bargain for me, even without the vest. Ive seen different cashmere suits at the Polo store in NYC going for upwards of $2400.00, and the cashmere sportcoats going for $1750.00.

    So, the point of the story, I have a beautiful cashmere vest that I cant wear. I love wearing vests, even if they arent part of a suit. Perhaps someone else on here does too. First person who PM's me will get the vest, free of charge. I will drop it in a package and send it out tomorrow (if you are from overseas I will have to charge shipping).
     

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