Come fall season, we are bound to experience the return of the sweater. Basically there are two primary reasons for the popularity of sweater vests in any man’s wardrobe: functionality and style. This apparel undoubtedly adds flair to your outfit.
Starting with the functionality factor, sweater vests can fit well under a jacket. Especially in the winter season, woolen ones with provide a layer of warmth and have the unique property of retaining heat, unlike a cotton dress shirt, which doesn’t do as great of a job in cooler temperatures. Sweater vests will not only keep you warm this season, but also make you look pretty sleek and slim. Vests enable you to dress sharp instead of just throwing on a hefty overcoat.
Secondly, sweater vests give a sense of formality to the wearer. With single-breasted jackets or a three-piece suit, it gives a narrower with the V-neck. Resultantly, a closed up look gives a more formal and monochromatic look to your attire.
From 9-5, keep your colors solid and neutral. In the evenings, one can get creative and go for patterned vests. And if your goal is to look slimmer, stick with a darker vest and a lighter shirt – not vice versa. It makes your torso look slimmer, drawing attention to your shoulders and arms.
Sweater vests can be suitable anywhere, as long as you keep it age appropriate. A white dress shirt and charcoal sweater is timeless and stylish. For the younger lot, try a plaid or checked shirt. In addition to this, thinner, fine, gauge vests are dressier while the chunkier versions can be relatively more casual. These can easily be layered with a suit, blazer or dress shirts. However always remember: if you’re leaving the shirt un-tucked, beware of the tails.
Have fun with the sweater vest! It’s an essential item to have in your core wardrobe. But you have to do it right. Ill-fitted vests can kill the entire feel of the outfit and make you appear sloppy. If it’s too small, it will make you look stuffed. Too big or oversized, will make you look big and the bunching at the sides will add to your waist. According to fashion gurus, the perfect fit is one that allows you enough room to move comfortably, but not so much room that armholes gape and the waist sags!