Dude Looks We Love: Vests

After I saw Inception for the first time, I left the theater with three existential questions racing through my head:

  1. What if reality as we know it is actually a dream world?
  2. Did Leonardo DiCaprio’s character ever really wake up?
  3. Why don’t more men wear vests?

The third one has weighed most heavily on my mind in recent weeks …As evidenced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Inception” wardrobe, men’s vests look sleek and masculine and timeless. And yeah, Joseph Gordon-Levitt could drape himself in unwashed skunk skins and he would probably still look sleek and masculine and timeless, but trust me: the button-up vest is an especially good look.

Fitted vests are sexy because they highlight a man’s waist and shoulders. They elevate a casual wardrobe and can easily add a shot of elegance to almost any outfit that doesn’t involve sweatpants. Every few years the vest will become a hot trend again but it will never, ever go out of style.

And so, with that in mind, I would like to issue a formal plea to the men of America and beyond: please consider adding a vest or two to your wardrobe. Try classic black, herringbone, or subtle plaid. Wear it over a crisp button-up shirt or under a blazer or cardigan. Wear it to your graphic design class or the bar or your aunt’s wedding. Just wear it, OK?