Photography: Kosmas Koumianos
As dandy as it gets, tartan patterned garments are key-pieces that every man should own.
Interesting, versatile but most of all stylish, a tartan jacket is an item that couldn’t be missing of a sharp dresser’s wardrobe, bringing vintage elegance to every outfit.
Usually looking super-sartorial, the tartan jacket can automatically put you at the head of class, when combined with a matching waistcoat.
The waistcoat is an essential clothing item, providing an eye-catching look – oozing a confident and retro accent.
The waistcoat (also known as vest) dates back to pre-Victorian outfits, being a standard clothing item, regardless of the social class. Today, it is worn from young sharp dressers who like to experiment with layers, even on casual or business outfits.
Rocking a three-piece suit or even a waistcoat combined with chinos, a well-tailored shirt and a tie, the outfit radiates an aura of formality, even when the jacket or coat comes off.
When it comes to wearing a waistcoat, it is important to wear it correctly and there are a few “rules” to help you look your best.
Regarding the length, the front should cover the belt buckle, so no shirt is showing between the belt and the waistcoat.
Regarding the fit, it should fit well around the torso, neither being too tight nor too loose. The waistcoat should make the wearer look sharp and shapely.
The armholes should be high and the shoulders should lie flat against the body. The waistcoat should be buttoned, but the last button is meant to be undone.
For a new-age old-school look I opted for a woolen tartan jacket and waistcoat combined with a pair of blue flannel woolen trousers and a light blue cotton shirt. I embellished my outfit with a knitted silk tie and a blue fedora hat.