The Bold Vest – Fad Or Style Upgrade
Is the Bold Vest A Good Investment?
Over the last decade, I’ve noticed men dressing expressively again. Once held to the parameters of the typical grey or blue, men are now opting for patterned sport coats and unconventionally colored suits.
Admittedly, not for everyone, wearing something out of your comfort zone isn’t justifiable for every man’s wardrobe. Posed with wearing the basic uniform or yielding to the latest trends, some gentlemen prefer to remain with conventional attire.
One of the ways I’ve learn to express myself while maintaining a polished appearance is by introducing a bold vest or waistcoat into my wardrobe. I love a great, bold vest. An easy style upgrade gathers some attention. It’s not that I require the attention, but I’m amazed by how a single piece of clothing can change the look of a suit or plain pair of trousers into something more compelling.
When paired tastefully, the bold vest has an instant impact on your look. I find pairing one with a solid suit is simple, elegant and always garners a compliment. The idea is not to stand out, but to show that you possess a refined level of taste and confidence.
While a lot of men ask, “Is Suitsupply worth the money?” I rarely doubt what the Amsterdam-based brand has produced over the years. As Brian wrote previously, they have their pros and cons. Regardless, I am a huge fan of their bold patterned vests. They work with all the typical European fabric mills and offer a wide range of seasonally appropriate vests. I haven’t found a selection of bold vests anywhere else in the market, aside from having to ordering a custom 3-piece suit.
| WEARING | Spier & Mackay Brown linen suit, Twillory White Dress Shirt, Suitsupply pattern vest, Johnston & Murphy tassel loafer | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Victoria Saperstein
Before you ask, yes, wearing a vest during spring or summer is appropriate. When it gets too warm for a jacket, a vest/waistcoat can be the perfect solution to looking put together.
Focusing on the type of fabric and when to wear it will inevitably be the most important factors. A bold vest in a cotton/linen/silk blend will give you the most versatility when mixing it with your everyday wardrobe.
While the bold vest might only appear reasonable for those who are stylish and poised, its purpose in a man’s wardrobe is hard to deny. Fad or style upgrade, whichever you believe, learning to wear a bold vest can come at a certain age or with the perfect balance of confidence and carefree attitude.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Steven D. Elliott
He Spoke Style