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How do you make vests casual?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sushijerk, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. sushijerk

    sushijerk Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    I picked up two merino wool button-up vests the other day, one in black and the other in a burnt orange. Both are thin and fit pretty slimly. I want to wear these casually, but I very rarely wear dress shirts or collared shirts. Can i wear a t-shirt with these? Long sleeve thermal? What colors are okay?
  2. Duveen

    Duveen Senior member

    Apr 25, 2004
    Vests without collared shirts would look decidedly odd to my eye. Is your look more thrift-store chic? If so, I'd ask for advice on the Streetwear forum, as they'll likely steer you through the minefield of hip fashion better than this group.

    If you are a normal civilian rather than a record-store clerk, I'd definitely think really hard about whether the t-shirt and vest look is a good fit. As I said, sight unseen my vote is a resounding 'really bad idea'.
  3. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

    May 24, 2002
    Caution or you might start looking like an '80s comedy club act.
  4. Rolo

    Rolo Senior member

    Aug 14, 2006
    Raleigh, NC, USA
    Yeah, you might want to think twice about this look.


    But, much better than a vest with no shirt.

  5. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Yeah, you might want to think twice about this look.


    But, much better than a vest with no shirt.


    friends of yours? [​IMG]

    i'd ditch the vest w/o jacket look, too. and i will also cite "80s" as reason.
  6. Jared

    Jared Senior member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Victoria, BC
    My fashion/streetwear plans include picking up a cheap vest because there's a number of outfits I want to try:
    • With unstructured dress shirts - the fall J Crew catalog has a grey herringbone vest over a blue shirt (their website has a similar look but with a tie). My concern is mostly that this isn't actually that warm, so there's a very small window this can work without something over top.
    • With blazers and dress shirts - to delay the winter jacket for a few weeks, filling the same roll as a sweater for business casual or a hoodie for streetwear.
    • Under a winter jacket, over a dress shirt - so I'm more seasonal at parties or clubs when the jacket's in the coat rack.
    • To dress up a hoodie - I can't picture this working out in my head, but I'd like try in front of the mirror.
    • As part of an almost-suit, with matching pants and a non-matching blazer - Stanley Tucci's character wore a few outfits like this in The Devil Wears Prada, I'm not sure I can pull it off, but if I happen to get the vest at a thrift store with pants attached I'll give it a try.
    Why not just start taking photos of experimental outfits and getting feedback here?

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