Waistcoats 101

Why Wear a Waistcoat

A waistcoat is known to make any man of any age and body type appear well-dressed and confident. It tidies up the torso section of your outfit where your shirt would normally crease out at the sides, creating straighter lines, presenting the illusion of a slimmer and taller physique. 


I’m sure when you think of a waistcoat you instantly think of it as an essential part of a three-piece suit, yet modern-day fashion has adopted waistcoats as a way of accessorising many smart-casual outfits. Here at StylishGuy Menswear, we understand that casually throwing on a waistcoat may seem daunting if you’re not familiar in styling it. 

The Fit 

The main thing to look at when purchasing your waistcoat is the fit.

  • A waistcoat too big will be baggy around the chest area and will probably bunch up and crease.
  • However, a waistcoat too small can look corset-like and you may have trouble breathing. 

TOP TIP: Always leave the last button of your waistcoat undone to make you look at ease. This trick reduces the risk of any buttons popping off after a few beers 🍻

A Modern Twist

Although a waistcoat is traditionally worn as part of a three-piece suit,  it’s also great to wear with other pieces. Waistcoats come in all different shapes and sizes, textures and colours. A waistcoat doesn’t necessarily have to match the blazer. Mixing and matching is an easy solution to help you stand out from the crowd - Try this look at an elegant wedding, or a special occasion when you want to look your best.

Worn without a suit jacket, your waistcoat will become the centrepiece of your outfit. Keeping the rest of the casual outfit quite simple is necessary, as a waistcoat is an accessory in itself and therefore already giving your outfit all the extra detail it needs. A waistcoat can be paired with a plain shirt and some jeans for a rustic feel to your smart-casual look - Your waistcoat can also act as useful insulation this season. 


We hope you got some inspiration this week in jazzing up your smart-casual wardrobe. Let us know if you try out any of our tips and tricks. Tag us in your photos rocking a waistcoat @stylishguymenswear on Instagram - we'd love to see them. 

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