HomeFeatureSuit Vests – Tips on Choosing Your Waistcoat Gracie Opulanza August 6, 2013 Feature, Style Me 11 Comments Suit vests or in the UK called a waistcoat these days are an essential must. In the past they were commonly worn for formal wear by older gentleman. But those days are far form over. Vests are an eye-catching look, but be aware that there are a few basic rules in making sure your vest suits you. The key is to work out for what occasion you want to show offer your waistcoat. So I will break it down to day vest and night vests. What I adore when I see a man in a waistcoat is it shows off the size of his chest and waist. Tips on Choosing Your Suit Vests or Waistcoats The correct fitted vest is long enough in the front to cover the man’s waist (hence “waistcoat”). Ideally no dress shirt showing between the belt and the vest. Regarding your shoulders, the vest should always lie flat against your body and below any collar points. When wearing the vest with a suit coat, the V-shape of the vest should be narrow enough that the suit lapels don’t hide it entirely. Choose your vest fabrics around seasons and look for intricate details. Hence quirky buttons, labels that mix and match fabrics. Desigual do great waistcoats for day wear. I find there is a huge difference regarding the quality of fabrics in vests. So make the investment and understand your fabrics. Make sure you choose your colours that suit you. Occasions for Men to Wear Vests At black tie or formal events vests or waistcoats are usually backless, fastened with an adjustable strap unless custom made. They have lapels, which makes the waistcoat more formal, and the fabrics used are the same material called grosgrain found on the black tie jacket. The waistcoats cut is lower to show more of the dress shirt front. Don’t opt in wearing these outside formal events. There are plenty of options for casual vest wear. It looks silly if you do. When wearing the three piece suit, your vest should usually match your suit, and most of the time worn with a necktie. An open collar just looks odd on a full three-piece suit. Experiment You can experiment and break all the the rules. I call this the day and casual look vest. Go for an unmatched vest and team it with chinos, trousers or jeans. I find the long-sleeved dress shirt is the only thing that looks great under one. You can roll the sleeves up for a more casual style. Make sure your vest is long enough to cover your waist in the front! Keep you colour pallets simple Three Piece suit mix and match your vest Great example of mix and matching your vest Inspirational Buys 11 Responses Suit Vests – Tips on Choosing Your Waistcoat - shoppees August 6, 2013 [...] By Gracie Opulanza [...] Reply Autumn / Fall Season - Style Tips For Dressing Well - Men Style Fashion August 15, 2013 […] The Vest, while a historical staple, has started making more of a revival this year. As men have trended towards layering, the vest provides ample opportunity for this. When wearing a suit, it is imperative that the vest matches the fabric of your suit. If dressing casually, a vest with trousers and an unbuttoned / rolled up dress shirt is absolutely fine. With a suit, however, wear the vest if you intend on donning one of your ties. So what do we look out for in a well-fitted vest? […] Reply James Dean - Our Style Icon Obessession - Men Style Fashion October 11, 2013 […] He oozed sexuality and his clothes added and complimented this to perfection. Dean also made the vest popular when he played the part of a Texas oil tycoon in the movie Giant which was released after […] Reply 27 Unspoken Suit Rules Every Man Should Know | Nomad January 9, 2014 […] menstylefashion.com […] Reply If You’re Gonna Do It, Do It Right | Style of Mind January 10, 2014 […] menstylefashion.com […] Reply 27 Unspoken Suit Rules Every Man Should Know | Olympic National Marketing January 10, 2014 […] menstylefashion.com […] Reply BuzzFeed’s 27 Unspoken Suit Rules Every Man Should Know - Derniere Vie February 22, 2014 […] menstylefashion.com […] Reply Lapels, Cuffs and Ties, Oh My: 27 Unspoken Suit Rules via BuzzFeed | This Is Moscato Life February 24, 2014 […] menstylefashion.com […] Reply Unspoken Suit Rules for the Men | DRESSED TO A T March 31, 2014 […] menstylefashion.com […] Reply The 27 Unspoken Rules Of Wearing A Suit | Swagger Magazine April 27, 2014 […] menstylefashion.com […] Reply Rules of the Suit | dreaminofthetimes July 26, 2014 […] menstylefashion.com […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.