Photography: Joseph Alexiadis
Editor: Katerina Theocharis
As dandy as it gets, the waistcoat is the jacket of the summer.
Interesting, versatile but most of all stylish, a waistcoat is an item that couldn’t be missing of a sharp dresser’s wardrobe, bringing vintage elegance to every outfit.
The waistcoat is an essential clothing item, providing an eye-catching look – oozing a confident and retro accent – dating back to pre-Victorian outfits.
Rocking a three-piece suit or even a waistcoat combined with chinos, a well-tailored shirt and a tie – on warm days and nights – the outfit radiates an aura of formality.
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, without being too tight or 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.
The key-piece of my leisure outfit is the double-breasted made to measure waistcoat, made of Italian wool/silk fabric (85% wv, 15% se) in a prince-de-galles pattern. Prince-de-Galles, a pattern that brings effortless elegance, when styled properly could add flair and distinctive aura to any outfit. I combined it with a plain well tailored white poplin made of 2ply Swiss cotton shirt with double button cuffs. I completed my outfit with a pair of double-monk strap bespoke shoes and a super-stylish completely handmade vintage leather bag.