Wearing a Waistcoat/Vest Casually

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  1. Bullet

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    So, I own a 3 piece suit and I was wondering if I'd 'be able' to wear the waistcoat casually? I've never seen anyone where I live doing it, because the majority of men here aren't really into fashion. I tried it on with a t-shirt and thought it looked good, but I got thinking that maybe there a different type of of waistcoat that's made specifically for casual wear?

    Anyway, since I've never dipped my toes in this, I was wondering what the basic do's and don'ts are for this.

    Thanks.
     
  2. JamesX

    JamesX Senior member

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    Nope.

    This is in the same realm as Tie+No Jacket, or Taking off Jacket after Wedding.

    If you happen to be doing something that exerts you physically then sure, but that is just a temporary reprieve - and not as a mode of dress.
     
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  3. Trit

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    So not that big of a deal? If you think it looks good I say at least try it. Maybe you'll feel like a waiter, maybe you'll feel like James Bond -- disguised as a waiter. But seriously, do what you want, no one's going to be too upset.
     
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    So you're saying you want to wear your vest over a T-shirt? I wouldn't recommend it solely because it kinda kills the purpose of the vest. It looks like something out of a Target clothing catalog in my opinion. Wearing it over a buttoned shirt though could be swung though. That's all about confidence and making it look effortless/comfortable.
     
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    Here's a link to an article about your question, and then some. I'm not a fan of the pants he's wearing to demonstrate the waistcoat only look, or having it unbuttoned, but I like the concept and think the look he has with the pants + vest is great. I wouldn't recommend a vest with a t-shirt, but I think that's because the look screams Jonas Brothers to me.
     
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    No I was thinking with a shirt and tie. Over a T-shirt would be too much of a dichotomy to me. But I don't even own any three piece suits (too warm for me) so I don't have any vests to play with.
     
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    I wear a vest casually somewhat often, but always with a buttoned shirt. I personally like it with the sleeves rolled up, reassures people you aren't trying to be overly formal.
     
  8. landshark

    landshark Senior member

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    I wear a vest like this quite often:

    [​IMG]

    I have nevor worn an ascot like he does in this picture, but I like the idea of a simple, subtle one with a look like this.
     
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    NaTionS Senior member

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    Vest with no jacket just seems too GQ / Justin Timberlake 2006 to me.
     
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    +1 I also don't think it will always look out of place. Sometimes when I go out in the evening (let's say to a club) I do wear a waistcoat. :)

    Check this out: (Yeah White Collar is famous for Neal Caffrey and his suits... whatever just look at the picture :nodding: )

    [​IMG]



    I get your point but everyone has his associations with certain outfits/styles :)
     
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  11. Bullet

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    How about a waistcoat with a buttoned shirt and jeans?
     
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    A venerable tradition: [​IMG]
     
  13. Bullet

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    Not quite the same.
     
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    Vests meant to be worn without a jacket are "self backed" that is to say that the facing cloth is used for the back as well. Bemberg backed vests are supposed to be worn under a jacket, lest one look like a doofus.:embar:

    YMMV
     
  15. Bullet

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    What are 'facing cloth' and 'bemberg'?
     

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