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The Best Waistcoat Styles For 2018

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The Best Waistcoat Styles For 2018


If you’re looking for the perfect waistcoat to pair with your bespoke suit, then take note of these key styles that are on trend for 2018.

Waistcoats are both a practical and stylish addition to any formal outfit. In winter, they help to keep you warm and during summer, they act as a lighter alternative to a jacket, giving you more freedom without the fear of looking underdressed. In terms of style, a waistcoat will instantly transform your two-piece suit and with the right style and fit, you’ll be the sharpest dressed man in the room! Here, we give you a rundown of the three styles you should consider for 2018.

  • Single-Breasted

The single-breasted waistcoat is one of the more classic styles and a staple item in any wardrobe – it’s a timeless piece that you’ll wear again and again. It’s also incredibly flattering and versatile enough to wear at any event, depending on the fabric you choose. Typically, a single-breasted waistcoat has 4-5 buttons, but the increasing popularity of period dramas, such as Peaky Blinders, has influenced a 1920s way of dressing. As a result, we’re now seeing an interest in higher cut waistcoats featuring 6-8 buttons that show less shirt and tie.

Style tip: If you’re introducing a waistcoat into your wardrobe for the first time, we recommend keeping it classic with 4-5 buttons – you can’t go wrong! If you’re getting married, you may want to opt for one of the more extravagant styles below but it all depends on your style and personality. For the finishing touch, why not loop a stylish pocket watch through the buttonhole? Besides looking great, it’s a sure way to keep an eye on how fashionably late your bride is!

Dark navy suit jacket on a mannequin with waistcoat, tie and pocket square in mixed patterns.

  • Double-Breasted

Traditionally reserved for social occasions with a strict dress code such as, Royal Ascot or high society weddings, the double-breasted waistcoat is considered to be the most formal. The typical style would feature a button closure of 3 x 3, with a shawl or peak lapel and would only be worn with a morning suit. However, key tailoring trends for SS18 along with highlights from this year’s Pitti Uomo have seen an update on the classic double-breasted waistcoat. Designed without a lapel, this sleeker version has a much more modern feel and is now teamed with a lounge suit for the ultimate sartorial statement!

Style tip: When choosing a double-breasted waistcoat, we recommend choosing a fabric that is versatile and will keep your look current. Checks and large window pane designs are an extremely popular choice and can also be worn casually over a roll-neck for a night out with the guys!

A suit set on a mannequin consisting of a navy suit jacket, grey checked waistcoat and green tie.

  • Horseshoe

Due to its low-cut design, the horseshoe waistcoat was traditionally an evening style, often worn with a dinner suit to reveal the bib of a formal, studded shirt. Also known as a ‘bow’ or ‘U-shape’, the horseshoe waistcoat has gained popularity in recent years and is no longer restricted to evening wear, with designs available in a wide range of fabrics suited for both lounge and morning suits.

Style Tip: Horseshoe waistcoats are perfect if you want to show a little more shirt and tie. If you’re getting married, we recommend choosing this style as a ‘groom only’ look; it will set you apart from the rest of your groomsmen and show your guests you’re the main man! You can even accessorise with a tie bar for added sophistication.

Blue grey suit jacket and waistcoat on a mannequin with a patterned tie.

At Whitfield & Ward, we offer a unique, tailored experience and have a large selection of single-breasted, double-breasted, and horseshoe waistcoat styles available for hire. Alternatively, for a more personalised look, we can help you create a custom designed waistcoat with our bespoke tailoring service. If it’s a business suit you’re after, a waistcoat can take you to the next level of your sartorial game. Or, if it’s your big day, your choice of waistcoat will give you a definitive standout look! To book an appointment, call us on 01625 536 545.