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Vests vs Cummerbunds
At tuxedosonline.com we make vests, cummerbunds, bow ties, and neckties. We always get the question whether or when a person should wear a vest or cummerbund.
The positive about wearing a vest is that you could take your coat off and you still have a coat on, which is why in England a vest is called a waistcoat. You are still formal if you take your coat off. For formal wear I’d recommend a vest; it looks better especially if you’re going to take the coat off and start dancing at a party for example.
The advantages of a cummerbund and bow tie is that you can wear really nice studs and cuff links with them. Really nice cuff links don’t show a whole lot. You usually have to be dancing or move your arm up to show off your cuff links. Nice studs really dress up a tuxedo, and they will go into where the necktie goes. If you have nice studs or you want to buy studs and show them off, the thing to wear is a cummerbund and bow tie.