We recently received a question about how to match a gray suit with a vest. In other words, if you have a really nice gray suit, what color vest should you wear with that suit? Rather than just focus on specifics, we’ll give you some general ideas that can be applied to any color suit.
Before we begin, let’s take a look at the following 3 piece suit that we had posted on SuitUpp a while back:
Or how about this one…
We can go on and show you more photos, but in general, suit vests that come with a suit will generally be made of the same fabric that the rest of the suit is made of to make a perfect match. Now, you can use this to conclude that if your suit didn’t come with a vest, and you were going to go find a vest, then you could try and find a vest that was as similar as possible in design to the rest of your suit. If you were to do this, you’d be just fine. At the same time, this would also be the safe bet.
Now, what if you didn’t want to go for the safe bet? Then what? Well, this is where preference comes in a bit. We tend to favor the contrast game. In other words, if you have a darker suit, then you could wear a lighter vest. Similarly, if you have a lighter suit, you could go for a darker vest to boost up the contrast.
Take, for example, the following tuxedo / vest combo:
Note that in the combo above, the tie and the vest are a perfect match. If you are going to wear a different color vest, make sure that your tie isn’t an off color – otherwise, you’ll be wearing too many colors – 9/10 times, this is a bad thing because it’s very difficult to get it right.
Finally, we’ll leave you with a picture that we found on the A Lister’s Blog: