I am of the opinion that, like the hat, the vest is a classic piece of menswear that ought to be brought back in to fashion. Regrettably, the vest seems to have been demoted from it's position as an essential article in the well dressed man's wardrobe to the garment that bistro waiters use to hold their pen and check pad (not that I have anything against bistros or their wait staff, it just seems to be the main place that I see vests these days). This is regrettable because there are many advantages to wearing a vest. Among them:
Style: whether it be as part of a matching three piece suit or as an independent article of clothing, the vest adds a flair to formal clothing that is hard to match. The vest also allows you to continue to look stylish and professional when the coat comes off (either for your own comfort or to warm the shoulders of a lady).
Versatility: A simple black vest either in wool or suede goes with nearly anything and allows you to create more variations in your preexisting collection of coats, shirts, and ties. In addition the vest can be worn without coat or tie as part of a business casual look.
Carrying Capacity: A vest typically has two to four pockets and provides the ideal place for you to carry your pocket watch. In addition the pockets are handy for storing a pocket knife, handkerchief, and other small items to relieve the strain on your pants pockets.
So what do my fellow men think? Will you join me in restoring the vest to its former glory or do you believe that it should be left out of fashion?
I wouldn't chose to wear a non-sweater vest on its own, (Hi, can I take your order?) but I have no problem with wearing a waistcoat sans jacket if it really is sans jacket, as in around the office on a warm day. But the jacket has to be around somewhere if a meeting happens or a client shows up or whatever.
Exception: I think tweed shooting style vests sort of thread in between waistcoat and actual outerwear vest, and do look fine by themselves in a casual setting.
Yeah, the 3-piece suit really is the best looking of all suits, due in no small part to the vest. The only problem is finding a situation to wear it in...it's impractical for daily wear. It would make for a nice outfit for a fancy dinner party or something, but even then, it's never good to over-dress...
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