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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


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).


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)


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.

  • 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


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.


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.


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.


Pima Corduroy Trouser in Chestnut

Sky Blue Broadcloth Shirt

3. Weekend


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.


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.


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.

  • 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