I remember back in 2019 when our editor Emma was presenting her spring/summer 2020 trend report to the team, and waistcoats were one of the styles that had been highlighted. After a quick survey of those seated around the meeting-room table (remember those?), it became clear that I was the only one who was remotely tempted by the look. And I get it, it’s the sort of trend that can conjure up visions of grinning childhood magicians, portly university professors and, well, Mr Toad from The Wind in the Willows.Also, for any nineties and noughties kids, it will inevitably bring fashion choices of outfit’s past thundering back into the present. No, my pale imitation of Kate Moss‘s Glastonbury looks did not make me look nonchalantly cool.
Yet I was totally on-board when I saw waistcoats making their way down the spring/summer runways, be it via Celine’s bohemian denim-and–floaty-blouse pairings or Max Mara’s clean-lined three-piece suit. But then again, I am a sucker for a throwback style, and I can’t wait to use this trend to mix up my warm-weather basics this season. I currently own four waistcoats: two vintage and two new styles, but each one brings a very different character to this tailored trend.
To show just how versatile the waistcoat is, I’ve put together four different outfits that I can’t wait to wear this summer. But of course, feel free to use my styling simply as inspiration for creating looks out of what is already in your wardrobe. From bohemian crochet to businesslike pinstripes, scroll down to see my waistcoat outifts.