Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Puffer Vest Over Suit

I see the puffer vest- over-suit a lot in Milan but it seems like a style that would look just as good in Denver or Seattle.

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  1. Rebecca

    December 13, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen it here in the Great Northwest.

    I suspect it’s coming.

  2. Butch

    December 13, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    Hmmmm. Not my thing, especially given the jacket’s length.

    But there IS something appealing about an upholstered look in winter, if the relieved by quilting, in whatever form, as here…

  3. Anonymous

    December 13, 2006 at 7:53 pm

    I don’t like it at all; the vest is way too sporty and just sloppy, compared to the suit. Sometimes fancy+sloppy works… not this time though.

  4. Anonymous

    December 13, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    Nice picture. The reflections in the window are good.

    I think the puffer over the suit is OK for a run down the street for a Starbucks…

    If I were having lunch with a client or my boss I think I’d wear my regular overcoat.

    I might go for it with an unmatched sports jacket and pants since the whole thing would be more casual.

  5. Thomas Irvin

    December 13, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    Just as good?

  6. Anonymous

    December 13, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    Hmmm…I’m always open to a new look, but I’m not sure I like the elegance of a suit with the casual feel of a puffer vest.

  7. mist1

    December 13, 2006 at 9:13 pm

    I am over the whole puffy thing. Of course, I live in the South where we really only need serious outer wear a few days a year.

  8. D. Kay

    December 13, 2006 at 11:23 pm

    Ok, as long as you shed the vest as soon as you hit the door? Your desk?

  9. Anonymous

    December 13, 2006 at 11:24 pm

    I actually kinda like it. Perhaps best left to younger men, but I think it works in an odd way.

  10. Irena

    December 14, 2006 at 12:50 am

    I’m dying to see the front.

  11. Anonymous

    December 14, 2006 at 7:17 am

    This is because in Milano lots of gentlemen go around with their Vespas: a coat would be uncorfotable and the wind is pretty freezing there! Another variation is a thin duvet vest UNDER the jacket.
    And in Milano we do not go to Starbucks, pleaaase!

  12. Anonymous

    December 14, 2006 at 8:49 am

    Looks as if he kid dressed him. Can’t imagine what the front looks like.

  13. Lit

    December 14, 2006 at 8:49 am

    My first thought was certainly no, just untidy. But I’m willing to hear the argument that it could work on a younger guy, but evn then, a bit unlikely.

  14. Anonymous

    December 14, 2006 at 9:34 am

    Still trying to find something good to say about this look. Perhaps a bit more holiday cheer in a champagne flute will help. But it’s unlikely.

  15. Butel 2

    December 14, 2006 at 9:57 am

    I live near milan, this kind of puffer is dressed by the man just in case of

    1)cold!but not so much for the coat!
    2)moving by scooter (best way to move in milan). It’s very comfortable.

    However is not cool in Italy wearing this kind of puffer. It’s just for comfort. Even if it could remind the age of “paninari” Do you remember them?

  16. Carlene

    December 14, 2006 at 10:51 am

    Looks good, but has to be a nice, lengthy, well-made vest. In a subdued color with no logo action on it. Over a really beautifully tailored suit or jacket. I really don’t want to see a grubby red puffer with a big logo over a too-long suit jacket.

  17. Anonymous

    December 14, 2006 at 12:01 pm

    What about New Yawk?

  18. Anonymous

    December 14, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    i would rather the see the puffy vest under the suit jacket.

    if the gentleman has the correct size, the puffy vest can fit close like a sweater vest.

    a more appropriate sweater would make for a better look, of course, though i do not know of a wool that is as warm as a goose down-insulated puffy vest.

  19. Dovid

    December 14, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    I don’t like the look. Some experiments just fail…

  20. Anonymous

    December 14, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    I live in Mlps/St. Paul. Never saw this pic until tonight but I HAD to wear my vest today over my suit. My little boy made me otherwise he wouldn’t put on his “fuffy” coat(he’s pretty convincing for a 2 yr old). I got some looks at the daycare when I was dropping him off. I didn’t think it would fly in the office so I took it off. I had a grey suit on. It’s not really not my style.

  21. Anonymous

    December 14, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    I think you’re allowed to wear a puffy vest over a suit if, as here, you’re also rocking a pair of John Lobb shoes. (Note the very distinctive rubber toplift used on the heel.)

  22. Zaydoun

    December 15, 2006 at 3:51 am

    It works

  23. Anonymous

    December 15, 2006 at 7:50 am

    I live in Milano & it’s not a look I can say I’ve witnessed that often. Thankfully North face hasn’t quite made it here, unlike the U.S!

  24. Anonymous

    December 15, 2006 at 8:22 am

    No. No, no, no. I don’t mind the sportiness of the vest over the suit as much as the fact that the vest is too short and makes the entire ensemble look sloppy. If you’re going to do this, the details (length, cut, weight of puffer) has to be perfect. Which this is not. Looks like an afterthought.

  25. Anonymous

    December 15, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    I don’t think that trend will pick up over here, especially if they are doing it for practicality, and it just happened to become a trend. I did visit Italy about 3 years ago and did notice a trend of women wearing bulky men’s watches (stainless steal). I thought might become big over here but it never did.

  26. Anonymous

    December 15, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    what i love about the sart pics is that it can catch people’s quirky taste and great fashion choices. but what scares me about sites like sarts is the chance of being a “don’t”! you can’t leave the house perfectly put together every day & there has been more than one occasion when i’ve had to rush out the door to take my kid to school with something hideous on, hoping that no one will see me and think that’s what i look like every day. so my point, i think, is that maybe this guy forgot his overcoat that day and borrowed a co-workers puffer because it was really cold out or something, and all of us debating his style choice would be quite funny to him. hopefully he’ll read this and weigh in.

  27. kent hansen

    December 15, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    no way okay on a scooter , but in new york ?? the dane /

  28. hannerr

    December 16, 2006 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t like this look at all. It seems completely unnessecary, being warm doesn’t mean dressing down.
    Not that dressing down is bad, but it just feels really out of place here.

    yeah, I don’t like it much as a trend, if it was a one-off thing then that’s ok.

  29. Anonymous

    December 17, 2006 at 2:57 am

    I always see people in down vests in Seattle, but never over a suit.

    You should come to the Pacific Northwest and take pictures. I have lived in Seattle my whole life, and for the most part I still see it as a fashionless city.

  30. me in DC

    December 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I saw the look on vacation in Las Vegas and came back to DC to DC with it. I love it!

  31. Name*

    December 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I saw the look on vacation in Las Vegas and came back to DC to DC with it. I love it! But everyone is right…the tailoring has to be perfect.

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