The vest is breaking out of the 9-to-5 grind and into the world of men's sportswear. With the high cost of suiting, men are thinking twice about tacking on another hundred bucks for a vest at the time of purchase. As a result, vests are becoming almost exclusively an accessory.

No longer limited as part of a matching suit set, the vests for spring are drifting toward novelty fabrics and colors.The spring's most popular colors include soft olive, mustard and brown tones, as well as dusty pastels. Also on line: hotter colors and bolder prints.