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Preston Konrad

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Best Mens Vests & Black Vest

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A vest is one of those pieces of menswear that separates the men from the boys. You’re serious about looking your best when sporting a vest. Dressing up is cool again, and wearing a vest is one of the best ways to achieve that polished look. Think Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra – rocking the three-piece suit… it’s all about that extra piece. In its revival, the vest can be worn alone, without its sidekicks (the matching sport coat and trouser). Today’s vest looks great over a vintage t-shirt or button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Here are my picks for the Best of the Best.

Slip on the best mens vests from Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Marc Ecko and others for a new look at work or out on the town. A nice black vest adds sophistication, while a leather vest gives you that rugged look.

Best Vests for Men by Preston Konrad

The Best You Can Get

  • Gap Pinstriped Vest

    Preston says: Spice up your favorite pair of jeans with this navy blue pinstriped vest from the Gap. Whether you wear it over a grey t-shirt or with a button down shirt and tie, this vest can work its way into your everyday wardrobe. The price is freakishly amazing and the quality is evident. It features a three-button closure and has two slant pockets on each side. Because it is not actually part of a three-piece suit, I suggest wearing this casually with a t-shirt and jeans.

    • Available XS-XXL
    • 100% cotton
    • Machine wash
  • Rugby Ralph Lauren Argyle Vest

    Preston says: Chances are you have not actually watched an episode of Gossip Girl (although you girlfriend most likely begs you), but the overall deal is that the guys are cool, popular, weirdly handsome, and have made preppy look cool again. Here’s your chance to give them a run for their money. This argyle vest is the preppiest of preppy… think the Upper East Side in NYC in the fall. The buttons are woven in leather. Because this is so preppy, I say wear it with a great pair of dark skinny jeans, converse sneakers, and a slim fitting button down shirt… think preppy gone wrong.

    • 100% wool
    • Dry clean only
    • Runs small
  • Calvin Klein V-Neck Vest with Graphic Stitch

    Preston says: If argyle, pinstriped, and plaids are too much for you guys, there are still plenty of options to get vested without getting made fun of by your buddies. This flat knit grey vest from Calvin Klein is chic, tailored, and will make you look like a million bucks. There are no logos, patches, or patterns on it, which make it perfect for a day at the office or a dinner date on the town. Pair with a tailored black suit pant for work and medium wash or distressed jeans to wear casually.

    • Soft merino wool
    • Ribbed armhole, neckline, and hem
    • Hand wash only
  • Marc Ecko Cut and Sew Cairo Conquest Sweater Vest

    Preston says: I want one of these. Very badly. Preppy meets utility with this funky twist on the sweater vest. The overall print is classic and traditional – monochrome plaid in brown, but the cargo pickets on the chest are what makes this thing so awesome. The neckline, armholes, and hem are all ribbed in contrasting dark brown to match the pocket. This is great for you guys on the verge of going preppy but want to keep a little funky thing happening in your wardrobe, too.

    • Cotton
    • Machine wash
  • J.Crew Year Round Pinstripe Suit Vest

    Preston says: I always touch on pieces that every man should have in his closet, and I am adding this to that list. Whether you suddenly have to go to a wedding, interview, or dinner with clients, a suit vest is always appropriate. This refined, handsome vest is made of Italian wool onsite in Italy and features traditional six-button closure down the front. It also features chest and waist pockets. Don’t worry, you will not look like mister monopoly, but will looks like you have the cash to be him.

    • Seasonless Italian wool
    • Fully lined

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  • Banana Republic Cotton - Cashmere Rugby Stripe Vest

    Preston says: This is a great price for a cashmere blend item. Typically sweater vests do not have the touch of cashmere in them, but this option from Banana is a smart addition to your fall wardrobe. Casual Fridays couldn’t look any cooler with this vest, a medium wash slim jean, and a white button down shirt. Since there is only a little bit of cashmere in it, you can still throw it in the washer to clean and hang to dry.

    • 15% cashmere
    • Machine wash or dry clean
    • Available size S-XL
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Cable Knit Vest

    Preston says: Tennis, anyone? The traditional cable knit made famous by Ralph Lauren takes shape in this preppy white tennis vest. The neckline features a very British looking V-shaped cricket stripe (like from boarding school) in navy blue for a very yacht club look. This is a sophisticated option for you guys who are still cashing in on your Hampton’s summerhouse rentals. Wear over a basic polo shirt for a look that is casual yet classic.

    • Cotton
    • Hand washable
  • American Living for JC Penny Corduroy Vest

    Preston says: Getting a vest does not mean you have to get a second mortgage. This affordable cord vest from American Living is a great one, and it fits very well and looks great for the price. This version is only available in brown corduroy and looks great with a pair of brown dress pants and a driving loafer from Todd’s or Cole Haan.

    • 4 front pockets
    • Washable polyester
    • Available up to XXL
  • Kenneth Cole Button-Front Cardigan Vest

    Preston says: Dress up the most beat up vintage t-shirt with this button down sweater vest from Kenneth Cole. Get the functionality of a cardigan sweater with the new modern look of a sweater vest – kill two birds with one stone if you will. It is only available in a coal color, but it goes well with almost everything you already own. There is ribbing on the collar, placket and the armholes with contrast stitching detail down the side.

    • Cotton
    • Button Front
    • Machine washable
  • Kill City Dark Time Vest

    Preston says: Hipster brand ‘Kill City’ makes a wicked pair of skinny jeans for men and they are expanding the apparel line quickly. This vest is one of their new pieces and is really amazing. It is made of tough moleskin and features a six-button closure with pouch pockets on each side. Staying true to their namesake, this dark vest is only available in black and looks best with a dark, hipster, grunge look, i.e.: a checkered scarf and black skinny jeans, layer it over a t-shirt.

    • Exclusive to urban outfitters
    • Very slim fit
    • Adjustable side cinch tabs

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With the best mens vests, you'll look so GQ whether at work or play. We suggest a black vest for the office. Or choose a leather vest for a night with the boys. Part of our mens clothing suggestions, these mens vests are always the best price from Gap, Ralph Lauren, Marc Ecko, Calvin Klein and others.