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Any hot tips for 40s-style sweater vests (repro)?

BigBrother

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Am building out my basically casual 40s wardrobe right now (beginning with the Hollywood-waist and sack pants) and am now interested in those tight sweater vests (banded-bottomed, etc.) that men would often pair with aforementioned pants, I suppose in lieu of waistcoats from earlier fashions, to create that same great tight-plus-baggy look. You know the type :).

Any leads on good vendors? Thanks!!!
 
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Edward

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Aero do a great range of genuine Fairisle, hand-knit in Scotland. Plainer options were also worn back in the day, though those are less commonly reproduced. I've faked the look with a fair few modern options over the years; the chief 'mistake' the modern versions typically make is being too long, but the right waistband can easily be flipped over.
 

BigBrother

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Thanks for the suggestions! I suppose I was looking though for plainer patterns, not the Scottish knit variety.
 

bn1966

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I’ve got one of the Aero Fairisle vests & very nice they are too...
 

Short Balding Guy

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I've had a couple of Fairisles from these chaps, very nice they are too.
https://www.originalblues.co.uk/michael-ross-mens-409-c.asp

Follow-up; I received part of my order recently. The warm weather will not really allow me to wear the vest yet, but I am ready for cooler temps.

The vest, the vest! Truly excellent. The knit pattern and wool hues are stunning. The wool is such that I will be able to really wear this vest. I have other lambs wool or cashmere vests that I have to be very careful when wearing as they show pills and surface wear quickly. This wool and classy pattern - I imagine much better wearing.

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I will have to place an order to a pullover and or a full cardigan the next month or so.

Thanks for the nod to Michael Ross knitwear. Cheers, Eric -
 

Metatron

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Just to offer a source outside the norm, try the website Yoox that features heavily discounted Italian made clothing. There are a LOT of Italian knitwear brands, and they often use some really interesting yarns and patterns. Often vintage inspired. You just have to browse for a bit and make use of the filter options (i.e, wool, sleeveless, etc)
 

Short Balding Guy

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Been a while. Thanks for the previous suggestions.

I have acquired a couple of the Fair Isles Michael Ross wool sweater vest or waistcoats. They get frequent wear. Sharp and great wool. Below is a pic of some of the vests I frequently sport about.

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(Not: The top vest is a RRL vest and rest are Michael Ross vests.)

Cheers, Eric -
 

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