Last Friday I attended an afternoon wedding, which is always a fun opportunity to dress a little more formally than the business-dress norm. I pulled out my solid navy suit, the most formal mode of non-formalwear, and paired it with polished black shoes and a wedding tie.  But I had a hard time deciding: no vest, matching vest, or odd vest?  I eventually settled on the matching vest.  The odd vest – a vintage Brooks Brothers piece – is wonderful, but just didn’t look quite right to me.  And, to be honest, it’s still a bit snug.

What would you have chosen?


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7 Responses to Decisions, Decisions

  1. Thomas says:

    I think I’d have gone with the odd vest, but that’s just me.

    • Ulrich von B. says:

      The vest-less combination. They all look good, but that’s my personal favorite. I scared my college students to death about six weeks ago with a similar ensemble. I dug it, but I think it was very intimidating to them.

      Best Regards,

      Ulrich von B.

  2. Rbiggs23443 says:

    The odd vest makes you look like my man jeeves.

  3. Corey says:

    @Ulrich von B
    It’s quite strange how clothes evoke so many emotions in people! If I wear a neck tie to work (I am a teacher), I am seldom noticed, but if I don a bow tie, questions abound (i.e.”are you muslim”, “why are you wearing that?”).
    Comically, when we are allowed to wear jeans, the comments range from “wear’s the bow tie” to “now, don’t you feel more relaxed now?”
    As if a bow tie makes me feel more restricted (lol). In short, I can relate to you.
    Personally, I like the vest-less look because the vest seems more “tuxedo-ish” without the tuxedo (for lack of a better term).

  4. Ben says:

    Definitely the matching vest combination. It looks much more refined – the kind of thing Bond, James Bond would wear.

  5. Rev. Keith Kiper aka "The Circuit Rider" says:

    The matching or no vest…the odd vest makes you look like part of the wedding party!

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