How to rock your vest

Often I get asked this question, "What's the difference between a waistcoat and a vest?" 

The simple answer is Grammar, yea that's right, the difference between both of them is that Americans choose to call it Waistcoat while British choose to call it Vest just as Jackets are also called coats by the British.

To the gist proper😏, 

A vest is a garment that, once mastered, can bring a whole new dimension to your image. Vest are tricky for the uninitiated, its not something you just choose to wear.

Well, one thing matters above all others and that’s fit. Like any tailored piece a vest will only ever look good if it fits. A well-fitted vest is long enough in the front to cover the man’s waist (hence “waistcoat”), with no dress shirt showing between the belt and the vest.  The sides and back will be cut a little higher, and may show some shirt; be sure to wear a well-fitted shirt tucked in tightly to avoid fabric “ballooning” out in little puffs from under the vest. 

How to Rock a Vest

The vest on its own is the look that seems to be catching on lately.  You can wear an unmatched vest with anything from a pair of Dress pants to denims.  

An unmatched vest worn with matched suits are a more casual look,  often seen nowadays.  If you’re going to experiment with this style, be aware that it’s not business appropriate.

If appearing formal is an option for you then matched vests and suits are a must.

Vests are not restricted to shoes too, any type of shoe ranging from formal to causal sneakers can be worn if the right garments are layered properly.

Note: A long-sleeved dress shirt( not casual shirt) is the only thing that really makes sense under one, but you can roll the sleeves up if you’re wearing it as a casual style. Wearing a short sleeve under a Vest with a tie only makes you like the village school headmaster.😸

Eminence is Attainable!!!

Yours truly,

Gabriel Adewale Balogun

Image Consultant | Fashion Designer | Personal Shopper.

Ondo, Nigeria
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