Golden rules to successfully pulling off a casual waistcoat
Waistcoats are relatively unusual style pieces, often found at formal casual occasions . Looking in more detail at this often-underestimated garment. When they’re worn smartly (for example, with a white shirt of Monarch Azure fabric) they’re the perfect signifier of immaculate tailoring. Meanwhile, when they’re pared down for a casual look, they make for a particularly memorable touch to your personal style. As with many aspects of personal style, though, there are a few tricks to looking good in one!
1. Leave the bottom button undone
This is a rule older than anyone alive, having been distilled from a century of tradition. Whether you’re wearing your waistcoat at a formal event like a wedding or dinner party, or in a more casual setting, you should always leave the bottom button undone. Oddly, no one’s quite sure why. The tradition has a number of supposed origins. Some think it first arose from the reign of King Edward VII, who started undoing his bottom button when he couldn’t fit into his waistcoat, causing his courtiers to follow suit. Another says that the tradition simply makes it easier to ride a horse; a favoured British pastime for centuries.
- Don't wear your waistcoat with a Trousers that would need a belt. Trust us, it just doesn’t look good!
2. Stick with a restrained colour palette
Now we move onto fabric colours for your waistcoat. On the whole, it’s wise to stay within the tones of grey, blue, black or br2own – at least at first. These are the most versatile colours, and ensure that you can wear it equally well in formal and informal settings. These also look best when paired with a staple slim-fit, crisp white shirt. As you get more confident with your waistcoat, you can of course start to branch out and pick ones in slightly bolder colours, like blue, green or purple. If you’re planning on doing this, though, it’s still a good plan to stay with the darker variants of these colours, like navy, forest and velvet. The same goes with patterns – ideally, you’ll want more solid hues and design
3. Pair it up with a classic collared shirt
4. Build up a versatile selection.
As we touched on above, one of the most attractive aspects of the modern waistcoat is that it can work in a variety of contexts or settings. Colours and patterns aren’t your only options for styling – much like with cotton shirting fabrics, you can also experiment with different types of fabrics, too. Have a look at waistcoats in silk, tweed, leather or cotton. There are waistcoats in knitted styles, subtle patterns and wool designs, so get comfortable working out which look works best for you, and how you can enhance it with ties, handkerchiefs or jackets.