The Ferris Bueller vest challenge

Ferris Bueller wearing vest in parade

Would you like to own the same vest that Matthew Broderick wore in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?” Many online sellers offer imitation vests that come pretty close. Others, not so close.

Let’s play a game. Only one of these patterns is from an image direct from the movie. The other patterns are from people selling replica vests online. Can you identify the real vest pattern? Answers are at the bottom of this post.

What would you do with a Bueller fancy vest?

If I had a Bueller vest, I wouldn’t wear it as a costume. I’d wear it as an everyday piece of clothing, running through people’s backyards. Wearing it around the Art Institute of Chicago would be especially great. Going to Wrigley Field with this vest might be a bit too much, but man, that would be so hilarious.

This vest is so much fun, I’m thinking of getting one. Amazon lets you add ideas to your wish list. This comes in handy for products that are not on Amazon. Today I added Ferris Bueller’s vest as a wish list “idea”.

Screenshot of my Amazon wish list with Ferris Bueller's sweater. Note says "That patterned vest from the movie with no sleeves. Generally sells for $40 on Amazon, eBay, and Etsy. I would wear this as part of my regular wardrobe, and then race through people's backyards."

Amazon also gives you an a little notes field. Here I give a little description of the vest, and then what I would do with it. When putting items on my Amazon wish list, I often like to write about what I would do with with the item. That gives the gift giver a little more incentive to pick this item. And it makes it outright more fun!

How the costume designer picked this vest

Hey, while googling the Ferris Bueller sweater, this article came up with how they choose that vest!

What is a vest in the movie was actually a sweater that Marilyn Vance [trimmed]. Said the great costume designer, “I found it at Marshall Fields in Chicago. It was a cardigan and I had to cut the sleeves off, because I couldn’t find anything that meshed appropriately with his little Perry Ellis suit.”

If you are trying to nail the exact Bueller vest—then the shoulders would have no black trim. Oh boy, I’ve just become a Bueller vest snob!

This sort of fashion reminds me of the Coogi sweater that Steve Stone wore during Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game (written on my baseball blog).

Although nobody is making clones of the Steve Stone sweater online, so this one would be a hard find as a gift.

Answers to the quiz

Ok, so now you’ve come to the point where we reveal the answers to our “Ferris Bueller’s Real Vest” challenge!

1. Etsy seller AcePlaceStudios
The overall shape is off. The pattern has too much of a tight rhythm. The original vest’s pattern is a little more random.


2. Redbubble
A tshirt with the vest printed on it. This is like those tuxedo tshirts, except it’s the Bueller vest printed onto fabric. Those giant buttons are hilarious. And the black sleeves? C’mon.


3. Etsy seller SkirtStar (also on Amazon seller Largemouth [affiliate link])
The maker of this vest thought, “eh, it’s close enough to a leopard print”. Kudos to this SkirtStar


4. TV Store Online (also on Amazon [affiliate link])
Some vests ave the pattern too tight. Here it’s the opposite—the pattern is a bit too loose. The shoulders have black trim. The buttons go up too high. The overall shape just doesn’t look right.


5. Etsy seller Stitchedbygigi
Etsy sellers love using the leopard prints to make faux Bueller fancy vests!


6. 80stees.com
Yes, another print on a t-shirt. It’s not a vest. It’s a t-shirt that looks like a vest. This one looks better than the RedBubble version. At least they got the sleaves correct. The pattern is pretty spot on. The price is out of this world. $61.32 for a t-shirt!


7. This is the real pattern! Ferris is at Wrigley Field.


8. Fun Costumes Store on Amazon [affiliate link]
This vest is pretty much spot on!


Most accurate Ferris Bueller vest replica

Overall, which is the most accurate replica? The vest from Fun Costumes Store Amazon. They got the shape of the vest correct. The pattern is pretty spot on. We’ll overlook the black trim on the shoulders.

The vest comes in a package with an imitation leather jacket. That brings the cost up to $59.99 – $74.98 (depending on size). Other vests tend to cost about $40, thus you are essentially paying $20 to $35 for the jacket. Not too bad.

[The links in this post are Amazon affiliate links, so I made a small percentage at no extra cost to you. This helps to pay a fraction of my monthly hosting fees for this website]

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