If you follow this column, you’ll know I’m a fan of waistcoats. I think they smarten up an outfit, give a chap some character when worn with casual clothes and although they are an extra layer, they don’t have a bulking out effect, contrarily, they have a slimming effect. This “How to Dress” book from almost 100 years ago says the same thing.
Adding a waistcoat in the contrasting colour adds extra interest. It elevates the classic jeans and white shirt combo and gives the opportunity to tie in more colours with a scarf too. If you’re canny, you can buy two or three, with or without the matching jacket and have almost infinite styling possibilities.
Let’s focus on these three. Teal, Beige and Burgundy.