Wearing Vests With Your Dress Shirt

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The vest, or as the British would call it, the waistcoat, is the third piece of a man's business suit that is worn over the dress shirt. It was once a required piece in the gentlemen's world but slowly became a piece only worn for special occasions like weddings, balls, and glamorous movie premieres. The vest has gained immense popularity in recent years in both corporate and pop culture.

For a more corporate appropriate look, you should wear a vest with the same fabric material as your dress pants or suit. Pattern wise, there is no rule that says you can't have a plaid vest. However, make sure your checkered or plaid vest does not go over a dress shirt that demands similar attention. Dress shirts under vests should stay a light, neutral tone. Light striped dress shirts are acceptable but darker patterned dress shirts will divert the attention from the vest and lose focus of your ensemble as a whole. Striped vests over striped dress shirts is usually advised against, but as long as the stripes differ in width and scale it should be quite a stylish look.

The most popular look is the traditional black vest and dress pants over a white dress shirt. This look is quite versatile because it looks good both in the office and in the club. A tie will pull the look together and make the vest look like it belongs with that dress shirt. A black tie will work for all occasions but if you want to distinguish yourself from your waiter, you can experiment with your tie pattern. If you decide to go with the scruffy look, you can either roll up your dress shirt sleeves and/or leave the first few buttons of your dress shirt unbuttoned, depending on how comfortable you are with your body. Either way, vests should serve to give you a more defined look by complimenting your dress shirt and not fighting for attention. Dress Shirts: Shop Online.