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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

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    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

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    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

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

    Rolo Senior member

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

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    But, much better than a vest with no shirt.

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  5. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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

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    But, much better than a vest with no shirt.

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    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

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    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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