When choosing a tuxedo/suit vest, there are a number of different options to choose from. In this blog post we’ll talk about the different configurable elements of your vest.
Fullback vs Openback Vests:
The most common choice for a vest is the fullback vest. The fullback vest, as the name suggests, has a full back (i.e. no gaps or big vents). This type of vest is ideal if you think that you might take off your jacket during the event (maybe during the dance). It also has the benefit of making your suit jacket sit better on you back since it doesn’t have any discontinuities. On the other hand, this type of vest is more expensive. The Openback vest (vented back) has a gap in the back. There is essentially a connector between the neck and the waist area but there is still a lot of open space. This type of vest costs less.
The following is a full back vest:
The following is an open-back vest:
Another factor to consider is whether or not your vest should have lapels. We’ve written about this in a previous blog post: Should you wear a vest with lapels
Single Breasted vs Double Breasted
We’ve also written about this with respect to tuxedos. The same rules apply to vests: Single Breasted vs Double Breasted
If you are looking to go for a more traditional look, you could also wear a cummerbund. This is essentially a satin belt around the waste area. If you go for a cummerbund, you can’t wear a vest and viceversa. The following is an example of such a belt: