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Odd vests

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by alchimiste, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. alchimiste

    alchimiste Senior member

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    I generally don't like the look of 3-piece suits but I love the look of morning coats with black jacket, gray vest and white shirt. In what cases are odd vests acceptable? What color should they be? Anybody wearing them?

    Mathieu
     


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    I kind of like the look the guy on the front of the Brioni website is wearing: navy pinstripe three button with a grey DB vest. Take a look at it. Brioni
     


  3. alchimiste

    alchimiste Senior member

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    Wearing a vest with a 3b suit is a strange idea: if he buttons the suit the vest will disappear.
     


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    imageWIS Senior member

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    I have 3 SB with lapels Zegna Su Misura vests; each was ordered for basic tonality (black, gray, white) the black one is 15milmil15 [​IMG] they go great with suits and can dress up or down occasions, as needed: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Jon.
     


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    This Oxxford look is to die for: " 'Country Weekend' Renaissance sport jacket three-button with hacking pockets. 100% Pure Camel Hair in a houndstooth check. Shown with tattersall check vest in pure wool. Fabric woven in England. Lot# 12783 Model # 186 " [​IMG] Jon.
     


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    WJTW Well-Known Member

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    Not really. The stane of the vest just needs to be high enough. Besides, I think only the top button needs to be seen, so, not much higher. There are some three-buttoned suits with a high button stance (perhaps even as high as a four-buttoned one) and the stance of the vest will have to compensate, resulting probably in a very high-stance vest. If the vest happens to come not with the suit, then the best thing is to unbutton the suit jacket. Maybe it is just me, but I like unbuttoned suit jackets when vests are worn (because it shows the vest), and don't quite like seeing vests hidden under the suit jacket (when buttoned). Either all or none? [​IMG]: Oh wait, how about this odd combination? Black/Dark suit with white vest (and a light-purple or pink shirt)? Perhaps it might be tasteless when executed, but it looks rather good when I think about it. WJTW
     


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    Any thoughts about odd color/patterned vests with a tuxedo? The fellow at Saks recommended one in red or one with a brown, beige and black pattern. He reasoned that the vest gives the tux some color and personality.
     


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    vests under 3 button suits are just fine, especially if you prefer the kind of jacket that rolls to the second button. I imagine if you buttoned the top button on a high roll 3 button suit you would obscure the vest, but I am of the notion that the top button of a 3 button suit should never be buttoned anyway.
     


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    alchimiste Senior member

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    Of course I referred to true 3-button. A 3b suit with the lapel roll to the 2nd button is not so much different from a 2b suit and won't hide the vest.
     


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    What is the objection to "hiding the vest"? I don't understand.

    I have seen many a beautiful suit where the vest is not visible with the jacket on. This is particularly true with DB jackets. DB jackets go best, IMO, with a single-breasted, no lapel vest. This vest is generally completely hidden with the jacket on. The edges of the jacket lapels pretty much lie right on top of the edges of the vest. The vest is there for when you take off your jacekt in the office, say. Nothing wrong with "hiding" a vest. Just my opinion.
     


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    alchimiste Senior member

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    If you wear a 3-piece suit don't you want the vest to show? Otherwise, why wear a vest? I think that people wearing 3-piece don't do that just for the warmth of the added layer.
     


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    It depends, I think. Some people prefer to have some of the vest shown.

    Others don't seem to like the vest shown at all because having it shown when buttoned seems jarring as it sticks out, and prefer to cover them entirely, but then, no one will know you are wearing a vest until you remove it.

    Others do not even button the jacket so that most of the front of the vest can be seen.

    Anyway, vests might not be just to keep warm, but they are good at hiding suspenders as well (if one does not want them shown), although I am sure vests are not made for the latter purpose.

    WJTW
     


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    Sure, its nice when you can see the vest, but they are also functional. My office is particularly cold, all year round. Bad heat in the winter, too much a/c in the summer. Therefore, a vest is great for me, since I wouldnt want to wear my jacket all day at my desk. So, to answer your question, vests can be very functional, as well as look good.
     


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    one of the coolest things I have ever seen was maybe 10 years ago in Paris a man was wearing a double breasted charcoal suit and when he opened the jacket he had a wine red waistcoat on, that was almost invisible under the jacket. that made a huge impression on me.

    I wear "odd vests " all the time. I have 2 waistcoats for each of my suits, one in matching fabric and one other, and I mix and match.
     


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