However, the waistcoat is ultra versatile and has a major role to play in menswear when done right: tucked under a dapper suit jacket as part of a three-piece suit, or flying solo with jeans and a button up shirt.
FIT IS EVERYTHING
Things to look for: High armholes, and a close fit around the shoulders and torso.
Things to avoid: Any pulling at the buttons or around the back, as well as the opposite problem excess material, which just looks sloppy.
BUTTON IT, ALMOST
“Always buttoned as that is how this piece looks best and was designed to be worn.
However, always leave the last button undone (like a jacket), so it doesn’t pull when you lift your arms up.
MASTER THE MATERIAL
Avoid shiny polyester that looks like you’ve gone to rent-a-tux and hired something last minute. As for patterns that personalize, look to checks and stripes, but do away with kitschy built in chains and brass buttons: think stylish not dress-ups.
BUY AS PART OF A SUIT
If you’re worried about finding a quality waistcoat, opt for one when buying a suit. Where tailoring and the right fit is key to looking great. That way, it will come tailored (not off the rack) and perfectly fitted to you. And, you have the option of matching it as a whole suit for formal occasions down the track.
KEEP YOUR PANTS ON
TO SHIRT OR NOT TO
As an avid wearer of the solo vest, play around with shirting, styling the look formally or giving it a more relaxed feel, depending on the shirt. It’s all about creating a more relaxed feel, compared to wearing a three-piece suit. “But, at the same time ensure the outfit still has a certain formality to it And don’t be tempted to rock it with a singlet; too much arm skin, not enough discretion. Try wearing it with a t-shirt, short sleeve shirt or a long sleeve shirt with the sleeves rolled up.