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Bringing Dressy Back

The Name's Vest, Dress Vest

When you need to look good, where do you go first? Perhaps you do your hair, trim your beard, or find your favorite button down. If you've ever felt like your usual go-tos aren't enough, you might need to broaden your horizons. The next logical step is to add a vest to your wardrobe. The vest is a wonderful thing. It's slimming, casts a unique silhouette, and is supremely comfortable to wear. Dress vests impart a sense of prestige and style unmatched by other outfits. If worn well, it can be a show stopper, and if paired with the right accessories and outerwear you can take things to a whole new level.

Other Dress Clothing Needs

Walking around in just a vest isn't going to be enough to up your fashion game. Below is your guide to building out your dress wardrobe to maximize your game.


Proper dress outfits need a solid pair of dress shoes to go with them. You have an in depth selection of dress boots and shoes to pick from at Kohls. Are you into the standard dress shoe style? Then you'll want to go with the Oxford style. They feature the long toe, short tongue and rise to just around ankle height. If you're looking for something a bit more hefty, the dress boot is for you. You can find them in these styles: chukka, chelsea, ankle, and cap toe.


You have a few choices when it comes to jackets. Which you choose largely comes down to your size and occasion. Sports coats aren't meant to have much underneath them, so you'll want to avoid those when you're pairing a vest. If you will be attending a black tie event, try your best to find a matching suit jacket (unless you want to be trendy and create interesting fabric and color combos). Your best bet if you're buying a dress vest separate is to find a blazer that will match well. The blazer and vest combo is more than appropriate for business professional and some dress occasions.


Finding the right pants to go with your vest is easy enough. A good rule of thumb is to find a jacket and pants pair, as they share the same fabric. However if you're in a pinch and need to get a stand alone blazer to pair with your outfit, just find a comfortable and color neutral pair of pants. Just be sure that you color coordinate well throughout your outfit if you're unable to get paired pieces.



In a professional setting, consider a subtle metal bracelet that won't be distracting to yourself, and others. Choosing a metal bracelet also complements the business aesthetic nicely because your bracelet isn't giving off a casual vibe. When you're outside of the office and going to cocktail parties, or black tie events, remember to accessorize with finer wristwear.


Materials are what give watches their luster, but you have to be careful about which you use for certain occasions. Black tie watches should always be dark, and consider a black leather strap. You cannot risk blowing the look away with anything lighter or louder. When picking for business occasions gold or silver metal is the go to. It's flashy to communicate status, but should not be so decorative that it becomes absurd to wear. Casual outfits allow for more interesting shapes and colors that come from blends of plastic, metal, leather, etc.

Bow ties

Wear your bow tie with confidence. It's what sets you apart from the dapper and the crisp. To pull off the bow tie is to look the world in the eyes and say: "I am fashionable." Ties are easy, bow ties are different (in a good way). See, the thing about the bow tie is that it's playful and proud. The regular tie is something that looks nice and professional, but the bow tie looks nice, professional, AND cool.