Waistcoats always exert a sense of cool and confidence. They are also unbelievably edgy and chic. Waistcoats, like other fashion pieces, come in varying length and various styles.
This autumn, as the temperature start plummeting, we will witness runways and city streets taken over by waistcoats. Besides being the perfect season transitional wear, waistcoats are quite the versatile fashion items, which can be worn with casual and formal wear. However, versatility comes with a price or the possibility of looking sloppy and sluggish. In order to look your absolute best, we have a few tips worth considering:
What to Wear with a Waistcoat
In this piece, we will explore how to wear a waistcoat to look casual, trendy, or formal. I have been asked whether one can wear a waistcoat without a jacket, and the answer is yes, you can and in fact wear it without a jacket, and in reality, a waistcoat is the perfect substitute for a jacket. A waistcoat can be the perfect substitute for a denim jacket when something more formal is in order; the ideal replacement for a blazer when a blazer is too formal; and the perfect proxy for a coat when the season takes a warmer turn. A waistcoat can also tie your entire look together, not to mention slim your figure.
How to Wear Waistcoat Casually
Waistcoats are like hybrids between blazers and cardigans; structured yet free-flowing. To wear a waistcoat casually think layering. Moreover, waistcoats in fabrics such as denim or cotton will make your fashion outfits more informal. A feminine blouse, a V-neck or any top that you deem formal, can be brought down to casual with a cotton or denim waistcoat. Choose neutral colours like black, navy, cream or grey for a piece that you can wear practically with anything. Just experiment for yourself and see the magic happen.
Casual wear with a waistcoat does come with a few logical rules, including:
- Wear waistcoats that are well-fitted and not too tight
- Do not show too much cleavage with a waistcoat
- Ensure that the arm holes are not too low or too tight
- Make sure it does not show your bra.
How to Wear a Waistcoat with Jeans
Pairing a waistcoat with jeans is one of the most common ways to turn your look more casual, and is also one of the more bulletproof combinations. Choose a longer waistcoat to elongate your silhouette or a short waistcoat to accent your waist. Leave it unbuttoned or buttoned it up; with jeans, you will always look chic yet casual.
How to Wear a Waistcoat to Look Chic
Looking chic is all about exerting your own style and personality. The ideal waistcoat lies in the perfect combination of attention to detail (clean lines) and structure. A waistcoat that is well fitted with clean lines will flatter your body shape best, and thus, make you look slimmer. A white waistcoat is the epitome of chic, but is also quite difficult to pull off. For a less risky yet trendy option, choose a waistcoat of a brighter shade.
Contrast is key when layering for chic, a monotone outfit with the right length and bright coloured waistcoat can make you look confident and edgy – same applies for fabric. A leather waistcoat over a chiffon dress or blouse can look stunning yet powerful. If leather is not your favourite material to wear, you can opt out for tweed, denim, satin, velvet, even corduroy fabric waistcoats.
How to Wear a Waistcoat to Sophisticated or Formal
Waistcoats are not all about looking casual or chic, they also make ideal workwear. Practically any professional fashion outfit can be made to look smart and sophisticated with a waistcoat. Tired of the same workwear outfits? Replace your blazer with a shorter length waist coat, that is in a darker, solid colour or shade; button your waistcoat for a clean-cut look. If you wish to wear a longer length waistcoat, leave it unbuttoned and pair it with a bottom that is of the same fabric and colour as your blazer.
Keep these tips in mind and enjoy the world of waistcoats!