HOW TO | Wear a Waistcoat

The humble waistcoat – one of the most underrated pieces that, once mastered, can bring a whole new dimension to your look. The waistcoat is capable of transcending social situations and dress codes, yet gives you enough room to experiment with layers and remain stylish. Turn the waistcoat’s reputation around and read ahead on how tips to rock this versatile piece. 

Getting it Right:

As always, fit is paramount. Make sure it has high armholes, fits snug around the shoulders and torso but without any pulling or excess material. Nonetheless, always button up your waistcoat as its main purpose it to make you look put together, but just like your suit, leave the last button undone so it does not pull when you lift your arms up.

Avoid looking like a waiter by opting for materials such as tweed or cotton, instead of shiny polyester, without any fancy lining or bizarre affectations. Your best bet is to purchase the waistcoat as part of a suit to guarantee a high quality of tailoring and the option to wear a three-piece at a later date. 

How to Wear:

Contrast your tailoring by wearing a vest in a different colour to the suit or blazer you are wearing. Try a grey or brown tweed waistcoat with a navy suit in the colder months. Play with texture and pair it with pieces of similar texture. Think tweeds and corduroys with denim and other wools. Nevertheless, waistcoats are perfect for layering, adding a point of difference instead of simply throwing on your boring old overcoat.