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the many ways to wear a waistcoat — That’s Not My Age
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the many ways to wear a waistcoat — That’s Not My Age

Photos: Sarah Brick

Images: Sarah Brick


This week in New York, Dior confirmed its autumn/winter 2024 assortment impressed by Marlene Dietrich. All of the gentlewomanly favourites made an look, together with: white shirts, waistcoats and pleated trousers. Despite the fact that I really like tailoring and menswear-inspired items, it has taken me some time to leap on the waistcoat bandwagon. Too many reminiscences of Nineteen Eighties middle-of-the-road musos and impolite waiters. However now I’m belatedly having fun with the layering alternatives a tailor-made vest can provide.

In keeping with our sources, M&S offered out of its zingy lime waistcoat inside 48-hours (there are many different choices HERE), and Aligne’s viral vest really has a ready record. However regardless of its sudden reputation don’t dismiss this as one other flash-in-the-pan trend fad, the wearable waistcoat has endurance. Simply ask Patti Smith.

Again within the post-punk years I wore my brother’s second-hand males’s waistcoat over one in every of my dad’s outdated white shirts, with DIY drainpipe denims and bovver boots. This time spherical I’m sporting my very own garments (however nonetheless maintaining a tally of the second-hand menswear division for tailor-made items) and pairing the Intelligent Crepe Waistcoat from The Fold with an outsized white shirt and cropped boyfriend denims.


The appropriate to reveal arms.

Whereas we layer our manner by means of the final of the wintry climate, the waistcoat appears to be like neat over an extended sleeved T-shirt or slimline, jersey roll-neck. Sensible tailoring at all times appears to be like stylish teamed with slouchier, barely scruffier items, and the waistcoat provides construction to cargo pants and dishevelled trousers. Or deliver it house, like Gareth Southgate, in a three-piece swimsuit (there are tonnes on the rails proper now). Then tie the look along with a pair of loafers, pointed flats or slipper footwear.

Final summer season, my waistcoat wished to be alone so I wore it with nothing beneath (above). For a barely dressy-do I teamed a black waistcoat with a black satin slip skirt and my trusty Teva Originals (gotta take the sting off in some way). The tailor-made vest additionally appears to be like the enterprise buttoned up (or open) over a basic white T-shirt and denims. And, in case your private type leans extra in the direction of the bohemian, strive the waistcoat open over a long-sleeved maxi costume.


Much more great waistcoats, beneath  – and for extra timeless type buys, now we have simply up to date the SHOP for spring.



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