Get Vested

November 17, 2011 | Style & Beauty

 
  Vests, John Varvatos

Vests have always stood firm in the shadow of men’s fashion, making their way in and out of the masculine wardrobe since the 1600s. That vests took center stage on the runway this fall is evidence of a welcome return to well-groomed dressing. Keep an eye on Canali and Dolce & Gabbana, where the waistcoat was part of a three-piece suit, and Giorgio Armani, where it was worn as a silky layer under suiting. The polished accent piece was even shown as an independent statement at shows like D&G and John Varvatos. Varvatos, who has included vests in every runway show since he founded his label in 2000, says, “I love the trend, because for me, it’s the coolest element of a guy’s wardrobe.” While investing in a three-piece suit is a no-brainer, Varvatos notes that part of the appeal is that “you can dress [a vest] up or down. In Vegas, work in a vest for an evening out by rocking it with jeans, a T-shirt, and a jacket.” This simultaneously rugged and tailored approach to fashion is the perfect blend of statements for the nightlife capital. “It’s the ultimate rock ’n’ roll look,” he says, “as well as an elegant business wardrobe touch.” The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-939-0922

PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELYN ALLEN

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