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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by WJTW, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. WJTW

    WJTW Well-Known Member

    Oct 17, 2004
    I have seen some vests with lapels (and I think some was shown on the board, too) and the people who wore them looked pretty sharp. Are these vests good additions to the wardrobe or something to pass up on? What is the vests' level of formality? Also, is it a must that a vest should have, say, a satin or silk back and an adjustable strap? Although the satin/silk/other materials back does look nice, I was thinking of having one without it, and without the adjustable strap to give it a smoother and duller look. It might be another one of those odd tastes I have that might not appeal to everyone, but I'll like some comments, anyway. [​IMG] What is/are the purpose(s) of the different material used for the back of the vest? How about odd vests? Can vests not match the suit, either entirely (completely different, materials, colours, designs, etc) or partially (for example, same colour but different materials, different patterns [eg: pinstrip navy vest for solid navy suit].)? Thanks. WJTW
  2. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Jun 15, 2004
    San Francisco
    The satin back reduces the weight and bulk of the vest. That makes a difference in centrally heated settings.

    Dress vests, where the jacket is never removed, often dispense with the back altogether.

    Odd vests are perfectly appropriate with single breasted jackets. A buff vest is a classic look with a navy suit.

    I prefer vests with lapels. They disappeared from ready made suits because the makers could save a few nickles. Then the vests themselves disappeared.

  3. Mark Seitelman

    Mark Seitelman Senior member

    Oct 26, 2004
    New York City
    A local, Turkish tailor that I used to visit for alterations wore a vest in which both the front and back of the vest were made of the same suit cloth. There is nothing to prohibit you from doing this especially if you tend to get cold and want added warmth. You will need the vest to be very well fitted if you delete the back belt. A backless vest for a regular suit is bad idea. As Will stated, the backless vest is restricted to formal dress where you never remove your coat. [​IMG]
  4. Horace

    Horace Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Check that winter/fall catalog for Andover Shop. I think they've some odd waistcoats that look pretty sharp. Cable Car CLothiers too. That said, I've only worn waistcoats that match suits, and less frequently, with black-tie.

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