The fantastic, 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 good, history-making Lionesses of their official tailoring by M&S. This summer time, 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 Type, whose heroines embody: Katharine Hepburn, Diane Keaton, Patti Smith, and Janelle Monae, shall be conversant in the fantastic, 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swimsuit, he wore it with messy hair and bovver boots, and I’d borrow the waistcoat to tug on over one among my dad’s outdated white shirts, and DIY drainpipe denims. At the moment, I’m having fun with the extra elegant pairing of broad 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. Try 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 wanting 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 develop into a dependable wardrobe staple. Should you’re following Second-Hand September, there’s loads of data HERE. I’m protecting my eyes peeled for an additional classic males’s model. Expert dressmakers may just like the Miller sample from Merchant & Mills and there’s a collection of versatile vests, under:


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Lauren waistcoat and broad leg trousers on mortgage from Winser London. My very own jewelry and pattern sale Grenson brogues (this model continues to be accessible HERE)