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Men’s “power vests” are once again taking over Midtown and beyond

These men say yes to the vest.

Spring is here, the city is reopening, workers are returning to the offices, and the men of Midtown are heading west in full force.

“You don’t want to wear a jacket in the office anymore. The vest is just perfect for every day,” said Julio Maya, 33, an accountant for a real estate management company, who was spotted wearing a navy blue fleece vest at 48th Street and Sixth Avenue on Tuesday. “One day I saw a guy wearing a vest and I said, ‘Hey, I think I need to get one.’ ”

Queens native Allen Fok, 30, a customer success manager for a technology company with offices near West 46th Street, is a big fan of his Uniqlo puffer vest, which he picked up for $50.

Julio Maya, 33, in his company-branded fleece vest.
Julio Maya, 33, in his company-branded fleece vest.

“It’s the most versatile piece of clothing in my closet,” Fok told the Post. “It’s warm, lightweight and pairs perfectly with dress shirts while still looking professional. It can also be easily dressed casually in a casual setting.”

In fact, the vest has become the unofficial “Midtown Uniform,” with an Instagram account of the same name 175,000 followers He parodies the finance and tech bro guys who tend to wear it (whom the account creator refers to as “Brads and Chads”). Fleece or quilted toppers from outdoor brands like Patagonia earned the nickname “power vests” for their popularity with Silicon Valley honchos including Jeff Bezos, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, and Dropbox founder Drew Houston.

Allen Fok, 30, who works for a tech company, loves his Uniqlo down vest, which he bought for $50.
Allen Fok, 30, who works for a tech company, loves his Uniqlo down vest, which he bought for $50.
Courtesy of Allen Fok
Jeff Bezos was an early wearer of the vest worn by tech brothers in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was one of the early wearers of the wardrobe worn by tech brothers in Silicon Valley and beyond.
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“If you don’t want to wear a big, bulky sweater and a blazer is too formal, a vest is the easy answer,” says image consultant and fashion stylist Amanda Sanders, who recently styled some senior male clients in Peter Millar’s $200 reversible quilted jacket, is taking on the trends. Sanders noted that some customers are particularly fond of the vest because it hides the infamous “dad body” or any pounds gained during the pandemic.

“A vest hides a multitude of sins — if it’s something darker, it will make you look slimmer and hide your stomach,” she said.

Vests are currently ubiquitous at retailers across New York City. Wall Street guys are more inclined to buy expensive iterations like a $595 Corneliani vest, Sanders told The Post.

Image consultant and stylist Amanda Sanders with vest.
Image consultant and stylist Amanda Sanders caters to clients with a range of quality waistcoats.
The Corneliani exhibit at Bloomingdale's on 59th Street features west front and center.
The Corneliani exhibit at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street features west front and center.

At Brunello Cucinelli boutiques across the city, men’s waistcoats are big sellers during spring and fall, particularly in nylon, woven and tailored fabrics, suede and leather, a company spokesman told The Post in an email. And vests are flying off the shelves at mom-and-pop retailer Peter Elliot Blue on the Upper East Side, which sells its own private label and high-end brands like Canada Goose.

“We sell them like hotcakes,” said owner Eliot Rabin.

Longtime client Charles Fuller, 64, of the Upper East Side, said he’s been wearing vests to work for years and doesn’t give a damn if they’re into billionaire dudes.

“I’m not trying to be a brother, that’s for sure,” Fulller said.

The same goes for Carlos Magill, 55, who teaches English as a second language, and says his teacher’s discount comes in handy when buying new work clothes – particularly his navy blue, quilted and pocketed Lands’ End waistcoat, which he bought on Tuesday Work wore a pair of J.Crew jeans.

Carlos Magill, 55, in a navy blue waistcoat
Carlos Magill, 55, who teaches English as a second language, feels like a million dollars in his Lands’ End navy vest.

“It spices up my work ensemble. I have three blazers in my work closet and I don’t use them,” he said. “I only use the vest.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/23/power-vests-for-men-are-once-again-taking-over-midtown-and-beyond/ Men’s “power vests” are once again taking over Midtown and beyond

DUSTIN JONES

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