A well-crafted waistcoat delivers a classic look that can truly transform an outfit. The vest or waistcoat reportedly came about with Charles II in 1666 as a shorter replacement to the jacket. Nowadays, a staple in fashion, the modern waistcoat offers a practical, sophisticated addition to every gentleman’s wardrobe. The waistcoat is a notable element in the sartorial classic, three-piece suit. Either choose to match the cloth to the jacket and trouser or make the waistcoat the ensembles striking centerpiece with patterned or contrasting cloth.
Single-Breasted Horseshoe Waistcoat
Double-Breasted Horseshoe Waistcoat
The most popular choice of waistcoat nowadays, the single-breasted waistcoat, it’s a timeless classic and staple to any gentleman’s wardrobe. Traditionally worn with five buttons, two welt pockets, and a pointed front that covers the waistband, this style tends to be incredibly flattering on every body shape.
We design our single-breasted waistcoats with anything from three to seven buttons. We recommend the classic five, as the more buttons you have on your waistcoat, the higher the front needed so that the buttons are evenly spaced.
You can choose to style the single-breasted waistcoat with a shawl lapel, peak, notch, or no lapel at all. Depending on the fabric you decide on, this waistcoat is versatile enough to wear for any occasion, casual or formal.
A significantly more formal waistcoat than its single-breasted counterpart, the double-breasted waistcoat is generally reserved for high social occasions and is primarily to be worn underneath a suit.
The double-breasted waistcoat has two rows of buttons running down the front with substantial overlap, allowing the buttons to be fastened. The overlay makes this waistcoat a good choice for winter, adding an extra layer of warmth.
The traditional style features a button closure of 3 x 3 with a shawl or peak lapel. However, when it comes to bespoke, the number of buttons you have is up to you. Be daring with an 8 x 4 button closure, or even a 10 x 5.
Regularly worn with morning or lounge suit attire, the horseshoe waistcoat is the most formal waistcoat you can opt for. The waistcoat is distinguished by its a deep “bow” or “u-shape” opening. They’re designed to act in replacement of a cummerbund, covering the waistband and allowing space to show off the shirt underneath or a particularly flashy tie.
This waistcoat has made a resurgence in recent years and can be worn in either a single-breasted or double-breasted style.