Gentlemanly dressing has had a renaissance and we find that the quickest and most budget friendly way to update your existing look is our new Autumn 2015 hero piece, the waistcoat. Off the back of popular TV offerings such as Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street and Penny Dreadful, that classic Victorian staple, the waistcoat, is sneaking it’s way back into the wardrobes of well groomed men everywhere. Not sure how to pull it off? Don’t worry! It’s simple and we have made it even easier with four quick ways to wear to get you feeling inspired… and not looking like an extra from the BBC wardrobe dept.
Option 1 : Wear on it’s own
During the summer months when it’s too hot to layer up, the waistcoat is your best friend giving you a polished and smart look with it’s own built in air conditioning, it’s lack of sleeves! Choose a wool mix so that your new investment will work for Winter too. If you select a check, the easiest way to match to your shirt is to choose a shade in the check such as a navy, blue or lilac and pick a small pattern or oxford shirt that compliments this. Keep the shirt in a slim or tailored fit, you don’t want large, puffed out sleeves under a tailored waistcoat. Finally team with dark denim. Again choose a slimmer or more tailored leg. Relaxed fit or overly distressed denim should be avoided at all costs. Finally, if you want to wear this look to a creative or casual office you can add a knitted tie, smart shoe and tan belt to complete the look and give it a modern edge.
Option 2 : Team with a Blazer
It’s heritage dressing at it’s very best. Matching your Blazer and waistcoat is a look you can really have fun with and looks great worn out on an evening, whether at the pub with mates or for date night with the Mrs. You can play it safe while still looking on point by choosing to match your blazer and waistcoat in a tweed or check. Opt for a tailored fitting in a brown, grey or blue shade to make it work for lots of different occasions and stop it from going out of fashion easily. This is an investment in looking dapper remember and you want longevity! Feeling confident in your fashion credentials? Why not mix and match! Your Blazer and waistcoat don’t always have to come in a set and can create real impact when mis-matched correctly. Easy ways to get it right are to mix a plain with a check in similar colours/tones i.e. a Plain Blazer and Check waistcoat. Alternatively mix and match in the same colour to create a slimming effect with a darker colour waistcoat under a lighter blazer and vice versa.
Option 3 : Add it to your Suit
Suit from a selection by ONESIX5IVE – Coming soon
Perhaps the easiest way to master the waistcoat trend is to keep it classic and step into a dashing three piece suit. The Slaters Three Piece Suits come with matching waistcoats included in the price and have stunning details included for Autumn such as shawl collars and double buttons. These added details will really show off the waistcoat when you remove your suit jacket at that all important meeting or lunch date. The choice of super smart Check Three Piece Suits out there right now is a great place to start. Add a pocket watch to really get them talking at the water cooler…in a good way of course!
However, if you are more of a two piece suit kinda guy then there is no reason you can’t add a waistcoat in at a board meeting or interview when making an impact is key. As you are unlikely to find a matching waistcoat to your existing suit, unless you go for plain black, you are probably going to have to mis-match like a pro. The same rules apply as with blazers. For a conservative look we suggest choosing a tonal waistcoat to your suit i.e. a light grey plain waistcoat under a charcoal or Black suit. It also works to add a plain waistcoat under a Two Piece Check Suit.
For those of you out there looking to turn this look up to 11, why not try mixing in a tweed or wool check under a more formal check suit like we have done below with a ONESIX5IVE Navy Check Suit (coming soon) and a Harry Brown Brown Check waistcoat (coming soon). This look works because we have paired a navy base suit to the navy over-check on the waistcoat and the effect is a very modern twist on the traditional. Try it out!
Option 4 : Under a Coat or Jacket
For those of you with more of a street wear sense of style and a fear of looking like the Artful Dodger, the sartorial set are embracing a real fusion of sports and heritage together. We added a light weight sports puffer over our waistcoat to give it a surprising and contemporary finish. Take it a step further by adding a tailored coat over the look for Winter and get an A+ in effortless layering. Practical and fashionable? Who would have thought it possible! Steer clear of neon colours, metallics and reflective details. Adding your running jacket over a tweed waistcoat is just not going to cut it. We chose a khaki green in keeping with the colours of the tweed to bring it all together.