How to add a separate vest to a two-piece suit?

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  1. Gabriel Aidra

    Gabriel Aidra Member

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    Is it ok to add an odd waistcoat to a two piece suit, and if yes what are the guidelines to making it look good with

    Lighter color suit/pants (gray or khaki)
    * I'm assuming you'd want the waistcoat to be a similar hue as the two piece suit?
    * But is it more appropriate for the vest to be slightly darker or lighter than the suit?

    Would you ever try to add a separate waistcoat to a pinstriped suit?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Lord Mulberry

    Lord Mulberry Senior member

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    The three things I would consider are the colours, type of cloth and pattern. I suppose you could add cut to that too but think about how much waistcoat will be on show. I like to be a bit avant garde and go for contrast but do with whatever you feel comfotable with. Just try stuff out.
     
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    I don't think you want the vest too close in hue to the suit or it will look like you are trying to match, but failing. I think generally an odd vest looks better with odd coat and trousers. Striped pants, buff or grey vest, and a dark jacket is a smart (if a bit formal) look. With a khaki suit, maybe a robin's egg blue vest?
     
  4. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    You might be able to wear a camel waistcoat as you describe, but that is old fashioned. In honesty. don't.
     
  5. Sanguis Mortuum

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    No, quite the opposite, if it's not part of a 3-piece (from the exact same fabric) then you want it to obviously contrast.
     
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    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You could also try a tattersall cloth for an odd vest.
     
  7. Victor Elfo

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    Yes, it is okay and the key for pulling it off is color contrast, between the waistcoat and the suit.
    Since it is a suit, I would go with a linen waistcoat in pastel color, cream being my favorite.

    Agreed. And, Gabriel, the odd (not speaking about the different fabric, but the odd design and cloth) waistcoat should not be donned in formal settings.
     
  8. Sir Humphrey Appleby

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    Where abouts in Sheff do you live?
     
  9. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    I'll ask a new question related to this topic. Is it OK to wear a linen morning dress DB waistcoat with a 2-piece suit? Like this guy who posted in the WAYWRN thread a few weeks ago...
    [​IMG]

    To me it looks good, but I don't know how proper it is to do such a thing. I think it would look nice with the light blue cotton suit I've ordered.
     
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    Yeah, it looks good, Very classic, pre 2nd WW. Go with a pastel color, for the db waistcoat, cream being the most versatile.
     
  11. Lord Mulberry

    Lord Mulberry Senior member

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    Hi

    I live in Richmond, which is not as nice as it used to be.
     
  12. AxVxA

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    So.. since I don't want to create a whole new thread... I'll just as in this one :)

    I'm getting a suit and wanted to get an odd vest that I could use under other suits.

    Thinking of a vest made of this material to go under a charcoal suit... would it also work under a light grey, or blue?

    Opinions?

    [​IMG]
     
  13. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    (duplicate)
     
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  14. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    It would have to not match any of the suits and not be inherently strange or the wrong formality. Therefore, it probably needs to be navy or gray, and only charcoal might go with all three. A solid charcoal vest with a boldly patterned charcoal suit likely would be okay, though if that's the suit, sorry, it doesn't look very good.
     
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