How To Wear A Vest Properly: A Quick Guide

Wearing a vest can make you feel like you’re going to prom. It can feel a bit too formal or restricting. Fear not, vests can be fashionable while maintaining a modern bent to them. Let us at Hundred Dollar Suits guide you through the art of wearing a vest.

A good vest can make a suit look great! A good vest can make a suit look great!

Make Sure It Fits

One of the biggest fashion faux pas is wearing something that doesn’t fit and vests are not immune to this. Make sure that the vest you wear fits right- it should not be baggy but should also be comfortable. It should also come down to the waist as well (vests are otherwise known as waistcoats). A good waistcoat should also not bunch up the other articles of clothing like the shirt or ties nor should it balloon or have way too much space to spare. It makes the appearance of everything else come off as sloppy, which diminishes the effect of wearing a vest in the first place.

A vest can work well as a substitute for a blazer A vest can work well as a substitute for a blazer

Mind the Occasion

Bright colored satin vests have a time and a place: prom. Otherwise, use your judgement on wearing a waistcoat. Black vests with satin lapels are great for formal events, especially for tuxedos. That type of vest might not look as well when you want to come off more casual. Tweed vests are great for the more casual man who is feeling a bit more dressy but it can be harder to pull off at a formal event. It should also be noted that a waistcoat can work well as part of a two-piece outfit, worn the same as a suit but without the blazer. This works best casually and at events like low-key weddings.

Never Button the Bottom Button

Be sure to accessorize the same as you would with a blazer Be sure to accessorize the same as you would with a blazer

The same rule that applies to jackets also applies to vests. Buttoning the bottom button never looks good and shows that you are not knowledgeable on men's fashion. It looks tacky and foolish so don’t do it, trust us.

Wearing a vest doesn’t have to be incredibly hard. The key to wearing a vest is to make sure it looks good for the occasion. Feel free to be bold when wearing a vest or you can go more traditional if you’d like. Vests can breath new life to a wardrobe when worn well so don’t forget to switch it up!

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