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 by Michael Andrews Bespoke (Cloth by Ariston A 947/11)
- Blue striped cotton shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Blue tipped pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson
- Navy wool knit tie Vintage
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic (42mm)
- Crocodile captoe lace-ups by Scarpe di Bianco