The Return of the Elegant Gentleman
This wall Street Journal Article (The three-piece suit makes a dashing comeback) sums up nicely much of what I have been hearing lately about the revival of the classic men’s style element, the vest.
Pushed aside by “Casual Friday” of the past, wearing vested or three-piece suits is becoming popular among “better” dressed gents:
“The three-piece suit has been asserting itself with increasing frequency on designer runways, as well in the collections of traditionalists such as Hickey Freeman. They’re now a fixture of men’s fashion magazine spreads”
Here is the lowdown:
- The three-piece suit by it’s very nature requires extra effort, but the pay off is in extra panache, as well as “one-up-manship in the dressing up race”
- It adds a layer of warmth when it’s cold
- It keeps a shirt and tie in its place
- It can function to camouflage an unsightly stomach bulge
Rules to follow:
- This is a more formal suit, make sure you wearing a tie
- Wear a collar that is in scale with your own features and the the “gorge” (the “V”) of the vest – is it high – close to your throat or lower?
- Leave the bottom button on the vest undone
- Leave the suit jacket unbuttoned
- Wear your more formal shoes.
My friend and store owner Vincent Ferrucci from Ferrucci Fine Men’s Clothiers in New Haven, CT echos these sentiments. He suggests almost a Mad Men -esque revival as witnessed by these photos from the popular TV show’s site.
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