The great, oh-so wearable waistcoat — That’s Not My Age

Photographs: Sarah Brick


For a while now, I’ve been admiring modern-day, waistcoat-wearers from the sidelines. Together with our sensible, history-making Lionesses of their official tailoring by M&S. This summer season, inspired by tons of enthusiastic feedback from TNMA followers (thanks, thanks), I’ve moved on from a knitted jersey tank, to a tailor-made garment. Upgraded my sleeveless wardrobe and unleashed the arms, once more.

Followers of Gentlewoman Fashion, whose heroines embody: Katharine Hepburn, Diane Keaton, Patti Smith, and Janelle Monae, will likely be conversant in the great, timeless waistcoat. American readers know this garment because the versatile vest. Again within the post-punk years, my youthful brother purchased a second-hand males’s three-piece swimsuit, he wore it with messy hair and bovver boots, and I might borrow the waistcoat to drag on over one in all my dad’s outdated white shirts, and DIY drainpipe denims. At present, I’m having fun with the extra elegant pairing of huge leg trousers and brogues.

Just like the tank prime, a tailor-made waistcoat is a superb layering piece. I all the time admire the styling at Alex Mill, the place a neat waistcoat is often teamed with a full midi skirt. Take a look at the American model’s lovely corduroy vests for fall (the corduroy trousers can be found on Net-a-Porter, so hopefully the waistcoats will observe). Proper now, I’m trying ahead to cooler days and dressing down in jeans and a white T-shirt.



The Lauren Waistcoat and wide leg trousers I’m carrying are on mortgage from Winser London. However having had the chance to ‘attempt earlier than I purchase’, I’m satisfied {that a} waistcoat would change into a dependable wardrobe staple. In the event you’re following Second-Hand September, there’s loads of data HERE. I’m maintaining my eyes peeled for an additional classic males’s model. Expert dressmakers would possibly just like the Miller sample from Merchant & Mills and there’s a collection of versatile vests, under:


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Lauren waistcoat and huge leg trousers on mortgage from Winser London. My very own jewelry and pattern sale Grenson brogues (this type remains to be obtainable HERE)