The sweater vest is cool again
When I was younger the way I dressed was very different from what you see today. I proudly owned long 1970s style hair, sang in a garage band, and mostly wore t-shirts and ripped jeans. I was the person who often referred to classmates who wore polo shirts and collared shirts like "preppies." I fondly remember a guy named John who always seemed to wear something I absolutely despised; the sweater vest.
Looking back now, I realized how wrong I was to judge him simply on the basis of my own primitive style. As I grew older, I learned to experiment more with the way I dress, often revisiting clothes that I had once dismissed as old-fashioned or too dated. The sweater vest was definitely that garment for me. However, in recent years I have rediscovered its value.
The sweater vest has a bad reputation. It's not just the garment we closely associate with our grandfathers, but TV character Chandler Bing from the Friends show always seems to be wearing an odd assortment of sweater vests. Fortunately today, popular brands like Ralph lauren, J.Press and Drake's of London have reinvigorated the once-old-fashioned garment into the stylish winter layering essential it always has been.
When worn correctly, a sweater vest can add the right amount of elegance to your look. Landing somewhere between the cardigan and the vest, a cardigan sweater offers all the warmth of a traditional sweater, without the obvious: the sleeves.
When wearing a sweater vest, start with a neutral color. A plain navy blue, charcoal, brown or burgundy sweater is versatile and easy to style. Here I am wearing a relatively light merino wool cardigan. Although thinner, the sweater vest sits comfortably under a sports suit or coat and does not prevent me from buttoning my jacket.
Looking for a casual option? A cozy cable knit or fair-isle The sweater vest adds both interest and an extra layer of warmth when you're not wearing one under a jacket. Patterned waistcoats can be delicate, but stay away from the tacky '90s argyle, squeaky-worthy examples of luxury we see in fashion magazines and on TV.
Whatever your personal opinion, the sweater vest is a versatile option for men looking to stretch beyond their comfort zone. Reputations aside, the sweater vest remains as relevant today as it once was and will continue to be a garment that is both adaptable and practical.
Thanks for reading.
Steven D. Elliott
He spoke of style
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