TRENDSPOTTING: The Waistcoat for Summer

TRENDSPOTTING: The Waistcoat for Summer

A waistcoat, sometimes called a vest or a vestee in Canada and the US, is a sleeveless upper-body garment worn over a dress shirt and necktie (if applicable) and below a coat as a part of most men’s formal wear, and as the third piece of the three-piece male business suit. – Wikipedia

The definition from Wikipedia makes the waistcoat sound pretty buttoned-up (bad pun) and formal, but this summer’s take on the waistcoat is anything but. In many cases, you won’t find any buttons and you certainly aren’t required to do any buttoning if you don’t want to. This is easy summer dressing and a great way to effortlessly turn up the style. Wear them over t-shirts, camisoles, tunics, and summer dresses and pair with jeans, shorts, leggings, and skirts.

I’ve included some links here for the waistcoats shown above, but less expensive versions can be found at vintage, resale, and consignment shops — the men’s section is a good place to look also!

Items in this set

Miss Ferriday Ruffle Vest/ Waistcoat in Sage

Miss Ferriday Ruffle Vest/ Waistcoat in Sage

Ink Tailored Waistcoat With Insert

Ink Tailored Waistcoat With Insert

ASOS Drape Front Leather Waistcoat

ASOS Drape Front Leather Waistcoat

College Waistcoat

College Waistcoat

Kenti Waistcoat

Kenti Waistcoat

classic waistcoat

classic waistcoat

Garcia Waistcoat

Garcia Waistcoat

Fine Lin Drape Waistcoat

Fine Lin Drape Waistcoat

Elastic Back Waistcoat

Elastic Back Waistcoat

Y'S V01-819 NERO LINEN/WOOL GILET

Y’S V01-819 NERO LINEN/WOOL GILET

Irwin and Jordan Blush Waistcoat

Irwin and Jordan Blush Waistcoat

GRAHAM & SPENCER LET1872 BLACK LEATHER  2770

GRAHAM & SPENCER LET1872 BLACK LEATHER 2770

H. EICH HT7509 GREEN COTTON/LINEN GILET

H. EICH HT7509 GREEN COTTON/LINEN GILET

silk trim tux waistcoat

silk trim tux waistcoat

Petite Oversize Wrap Waistcoat

Petite Oversize Wrap Waistcoat

Karen Millen Breton Stripe Sequin Waistcoat  Vest

Karen Millen Breton Stripe Sequin Waistcoat Vest

dots waistcoat

dots waistcoat

SHORT WAISTCOAT

SHORT WAISTCOAT

 

Kami Gray

TV/Film Wardrobe Stylist & Personal Image Consultant: http://kamigray.com/

Author of The Denim Diet: Sixteen Simple Habits to Get You Into Your Dream Pair of Jeans

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