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Men’s Style Guide: The Suit Vest
Discover how to dress up your work-casual look or add color
and texture to your suits without spending a fortune. Men’s Fashion, Style and
grooming tips on SingleDad
The Suit Vest
The suit vest has taken on a new look in today’s fashion for
men. Once seen as a stuffy and formal accessory in a three piece suit, is now
used for a variety of purposes. If you are looking for a "Dad Fashion
Makeover", look no further by adding the suit vest into your look.
How to Dress up Jeans with a Vest
Business casual is a perfect place to start adding a vest
into your look. My advice is to purchase three different colors of vests:
Black, Grey and BOLD. The Black vest can be used to offer a more refined and
classy look with a basic white or blue dress shirt. Wear the shirt tucked and
you have a refined look; wear it untucked and you have the look of an artisan.
Adding Tie & Pocket Square
Adding a tie or a pocket square to this combination all
depends on what you are trying to do with your overall look. My suggestion is
to take a look in the mirror and make every attempt not to look too coordinated
in the patterns and colors when it comes to adding a tie and pocket square.
Each of these accessories are meant to offer their own, unique and deserving
attention to the eye.
For example, blue shirt, black vest: Add bright color tie
and a bold pattern on the pocket square. When you do the exact opposite between
the tie and pocket square, you will have two different, but stylish looks. Give
it a try.
Grey Vest and Bold Vest
The next two vest tones are important to have in your
wardrobe because they allow you to experiment with different dress shirt
combinations. Treat the grey vest the same as the black vest when it comes to
the refined and classic look. However, experiment with different ties and
pocket square combinations when using the grey vest. This allows you to keep
the conservative look of the grey and give it a whole new look with bright and
bold combinations of shirt and ties.
As for the bold color vest, I have personally used this to
"dress down" suits for work because they add a certain "Euro-Shock" value to my
look. I have traveled to many major cities in Europe and the use of color to
break up the norm in men’s fashion is expected all the way from Rome to
Amsterdam. I love a bright and bold red, blue or yellow in a vest. Don’t
hesitate just to wear it with your business suit or with the same combinations
that are mentioned above to dress up your jean casual look.
Size does matter
One final note is the sizing of your vest. The most
important element when choosing a vest is to make sure you have purchased the
proper size. Just like jeans, your body (Torso) structure is important in
determining the right size of your vest. It is very common to take your vest
after purchase to be altered. The key is to have the right length and fitted
look for your vest. If you have a short torso, make sure your vest is not
covering the start of your waistline. The "gap" of the vest against your body
should only be about "two fingers" on each side. This creates a fitted look,
not a baggy look on your vest. The purpose of the vest is to compliment your
body and help draw a sleeker look to your body. Too many times, I see men wear
a bulky vest that has not been altered or fitted. Most suit vests have a tie in
the back. This belt buckle is used to draw the waist of the vest into your
torso. If the tie does not give you a clean look, make every effort to invest
in an alteration for best results with your vest.
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