Yesterday we learned that the turtleneck can be your friend. Today we’re tackling an even more perplexing item: the sweater-vest.

Lately, a lot of #menswear ink has been spilled over the down vest—especially regarding the relatively novel idea of wearing one under your suit jacket or blazer. Aside from bringing up some fit issues, it reminded us of the original under-blazer vest, usually knit in an argyle or fair isle pattern (like this one). Donning an armless sweater can be treacherous waters—not helped by the fact that its most recent champion was one Rick Santorum. Luckily, we’re here to help with this handy guide:

The five times it’s okay to wear a sweater-vest, a pictorial guide.

 
When playing a round of golf… preferably with old Scottish men:


 
During your downtime between killin’ Nazis:


 
When you’re Mike Fucking Ditka:


 
Or more popular than Jesus:


 
If you’re feeling lucky:

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar