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A Smart In-Vest-Ment

March 8th, 2013

A three-piece suit is one of the most powerful garments a man can own. It’s also one of the most versatile.

If you have the option of adding a vest to your suit, do it. Even if you don’t typically wear three-piece suits, this could change as you experiment with style and get older, and the vest opens up plenty of new styling options.

Here’s three examples of how adding a vest can be a versatile investment.

1. Corporate Power

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A three-piece suit represents classic masculine elegance. It also conveys maturity and authority in a business setting.

What I like about this particular suit is the modern trim cut, combined with old-school details (3 button front, classic houndstooth fabric, leather buttons).

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The vest (or “waistcoat” as it’s officially named) has added functional benefits too:

– keeps your look sharp and buttoned-up when you remove the jacket
– keeps your tie securely in place
– holds the shirt properly tucked-in (hiding any “billowing” at the waist)
– keeps the gut in-check (a waistcoat should be snug but not tight, there is an adjustable strap on the back for those big lunches)

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I treated myself to these custom-made crocodile lace-ups for my birthday last year. Classic, luxurious, a little in-your-face…just how I like it.

This is my first time wearing them, but I could see these shoes staying in my family for generations.

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  • Gold Plated hand-engraved shades by Matsuda ·
  • Brown micro-houndstooth flannel suit ·
  • Blue striped cotton shirt ·
  • Blue tipped pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson ·
  • Navy wool knit tie Vintage ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Crocodile captoe lace-ups by Scarpe di Bianco

2. Business Casual

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This is what I call a “makeshift three-piece”.

Take the vest from your suit and pair it with “business casual” separates (like a patterned blazer and slim cords) to polish off the look and bring everything together.

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I’ve had this suit jacket for years (in fact, it was the subject of our first ever photo post).

I haven’t worn it in a while, but it works perfectly with this vest. The subtle pattern/texture mixing inspired me to break-out this jacket from the back of my closet.

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Of course, there are plenty of other combos using the elements of a three-piece suit.

For example, the vest and trousers, vest and jacket, etc.

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Pima Corduroy Trouser in Chestnut



Sky Blue Broadcloth Shirt

3. Weekend

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The vest is a great piece to sharpen-up a casual look, too.

This micro-houndstooth flannel has a slightly-rugged texture that lends itself to a casual look. The leather-covered buttons and patch pockets help, too.

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The leather piece is vintage and the corduroy shirt is from Wal-Mart.

No need to spend a lot of money for style – post on this coming soon.

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Hemming jeans with no-break is a commitment. There’s no going back.

I like to leave some pairs long – giving me the option to cuff em’, roll em’, or let em’ pool a little.

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  • Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Brown leather jacket Vintage ·
  • Brown micro-houndstooth vest ·
  • Rust corduroy shirt by George (Wal-Mart) ·
  • Linen crewneck pullover by Hugo Boss ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Brown American Bison Belt by Trafalgar ·
  • Washed jeans by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply ·
  • Brown suede boots by Massimo Dutti

 

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford