Wearing a men’s vest, is a great way to make your overall look stand out and add some extra interest to your ensemble, adding a touch of class and professionalism.
Men’s vest is an historical element of the male wardrobe, its first appearance date back to the seventeenth century in the English royal court, and then changed over the time until reaching its current aspect. Originally, the vest was worn down to the knee and had long sleeves, and its function was purely utilitarian as cover the suspenders or put away the pocket watch.
Nowadays, both the classical and casual models of men’s vest are quite original items, with a slightly retro sophistication. With a closure of five or six buttons in current casual models, the vest allows a free interpretation and creativity in any context and look. Historical symbol of the Futurists artistic movement, who wore it in vivid and eye-catching colours, it was then often reinterpreted by more or less famous stylists inspired by the eighteenth-century fashion, especially during the 80s when old trends reappeared, as silk, velvet, jacquard, damasked vests, plain or embellished with embroideries and trimmings.
SOME GENERAL RULES:
- When it comes to fitting, vests should perfectly fit tightly to the body and adequately overlap the trousers, to mantain a continuity of the two garments and avoid the visibility of the shirt.
- Suspenders are the perfect accessory to complete an outfit with a vest.
- It is preferable not to wear the vest with a belt, as it thicken the waistline just where the vest tightens and where it should appear as trim as possible.
- You can wear a vest alone without a jacket, but if worn under the jacket, the V-neck of the vest should be visible.
- If the vest is part of a suit, it is usually made of the same fabric, whereas for mismatched suits it shoud be of a different fabric. A fashion hint: choose the vest of a shade between the jacket and the trousers when the jacket is of a darker colour.
- As for the jacket, you should leave the last button undone, unless for tights or tuxedo, whose vest usually has lapels and three buttons, which must be buttoned.
- The real gentleman matches the vest, both casual and classic, with a tie and above all doesn’t ever wear it on a t-shirt.
For a personal and not too demure look with a vest, you can choose velvet or tweed fabrics, or a contrasting colour, especially if wearing a three-piece suit. It ‘s always very nice worn over a shirt, and for a relaxed look, nothing prevents you from rolling up your sleeves. Anyway, the vest is a very eclectic item, perfectly suitable even to jeans, a tartan flannel shirt, wool trousers, and for a layering effect even under a denim jacket.
Do you usually wear the vest?
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