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Wadrobe Essentials – The Waistcoat by Xperience12: 1:05am On Oct 08, 2018
Hi guys.

Happy Sunday to you al! How are you doing? Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Today’s topic is clear—it’s about waistcoats.

A waistcoat is an item of clothing that is traditionally a third of the classic three piece suit. Derived from a French word, it is the sleeveless upper-body garment. It is usually worn over a dress shirtand necktie and below a coat as a part of most men’s formal wear. It is also sported as the third piece in the traditional three-piece male lounge suit.

A waistcoat has a full vertical opening in the front, which fastens with buttons or snaps. Both single-breasted and double-breastedwaistcoats exist, regardless of the formality of dress, but single-breasted ones are more common.

Popularly known in the past as “Monkey Jacket” (some people might still refer to it as that), the waistcoat is one of the pieces of men’s clothing that has endured the diversity of fashion over the years and have evolved into new trends.

The waistcoat is once again fashionable for men. A well-tailored waistcoat will bring a true touch of class to any outfit. However, a waistcoat can also be difficult to wear correctly. It takes balls to pull it off magnificently well.

However on today’s blogpost, I’d be sharing some tips to follow when wearing a waist coat:—

1. Get the Fit Right on a Waistcoat

The first and most important thing is fit. Like any tailored piece a waistcoat will only ever look good if it fits. You should ensure your waistcoat fits well; therefore, a tailored waistcoat is to be recommended. The waistcoat should lie flat against your body, with the sides and back cut slightly higher, sit flat across the shoulders, with nice, high arms holes that don’t gape. The back is generally cut slightly higher than the front.

2. Not too short or too long

It’s also important to avoid wearing a waistcoat that is too long or short in length. Ideally, the bottom of your waistcoat should end halfway, or just over, your belt line. It should be long enough to cover the waist so the shirt underneath doesn’t extend outside.

3. Avoid overly bright colours

If you can, avoid Wesley overly bright colours. The more subtle the colour, the more it will complement the rest of your outfit. Therefore, the trick is to stick with more traditional and classic colours, rather than try and be too garish. You could succeed in looking fab in it, but then you risk looking “Fashion-Drowsy” in it if not styled properly.

4. Accessories are spices

Accessories are like spices. When added to food in their right portion, they can sweeten the meal. However when too much, they can damage the food’s taste. Accessories are like that. The can make your waistcoat “wow” or “nah”. Accessorizing with small articles of clothing like ties, bracelets, glasses, brooches/Lapel pins or wrist watches is a clever choice. When it is not too much, it helps spice up the outfit.


So I wore a grey plaid double-breasted waistcoat with a black Stripped pants. I accessorized the waistcoat with a stylish chain brooch, a grey patterned tie, a skull bracelet, and a gold chain watch. Finally, I wore and a red patent-suede tassel loafers shoe.

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