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The Five Times It’s Okay to Wear a Sweater-Vest

  • Najib Benouar

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.»

The Casual Mystique of George Harrison

George Harrison

George was the quiet one—at least according to the fan magazines.

But while Lennon and McCartney still soak up most of the praise, we’d like to single out Mr. Harrison as the most stylish of the Beatles. We don’t mean the Hard Day’s Night-era Chesterfields, or the Tommy Nutter suits that came a few years later. Once he shook off the mantle of the Biggest Band Ever, George developed a low-key style that outlasted all of it, all without drawing attention to itself.

So on the heels of Martin Scorsese’s new documentary about the underdog Beatle, we're taking a closer look at the man’s unique style. Especially the quiet parts.

An ode to George»

Katrin Thormann Is a Shadowy Figure

Top 10: Domenica Vacca’s ten essentials include four-leaf cigars and To Catch a Thief. The man knows how to live. [GQ]

The Clothes, The Man: Are 50s-era satin souvenir jackets the next big thing? Drive’s costume designer makes the case. [Grantland]

Almost Blue: Driven shows off the beauty of Dunhill’s midnight blue tux. A thing of beauty. [Driven]

Roll On: Here’s your chance to own a roll of toilet paper rejected by the Beatles. We live in a strange time. [The Daily Mail]

Sarah Van Raden Really Loves These Curtains

Some of Their Early Stuff is OK…: Nitsuh Abebe offers a master-class hipster guide to hating the Beatles at parties. [Vulture]

Flipped: The Italo-trads of Japan are flipping up the ends of their collars. We’re all for affectations, but this one doesn’t quite make sense. [The Sartorialist]

Tales of the Krampus: Say hello to the Krampus, the evil leader of Christmas. He does make the holiday a lot more metal. [The Storque]

Stay Warm: In praise of the shawl collar cardigan. [Men’s Flair]

They’re Gonna Put Me in the Movies


We can never see enough Hollywood and rock photography, especially when it comes from the sweet spot between the mid 60s and the mid 70s, when just about everyone was young, attractive, and wearing corduroy.

So we were glad to run across Terry O’Neill’s latest exhibition, double-posted at GQ UK and CNN. Our favorite shot is this windy snap of Brigitte Bardot, but there are plenty more of Brian Jones, an aquatic Raquel Welch, and the underrated style icon David Hemmings. Consider it your morning inspiration.

See a few of the shots»