Three-piece suits are bossy, no question. But anybody can match a jacket, trouser and waistcoat of the same fabric – that’s a no brainer.
It takes a little more style and grace to use an odd waistcoat as a complementary fabric with another suit. It’s also a great way to start slowly introducing layers as we move into Fall.
Here’s three examples from my personal wardrobe, along with some tips on how to pull it off.
1. Pattern Play
The waistcoat is a very underrated piece in menswear, especially in the corporate business world where there are limited “acceptable” items to play with.
Tailoring can be fun and creative if you understand traditions and “rules” but don’t take them all too seriously.
This grey/brown/cream/orange waistcoat is from one of my boldest three-piece suits. It’s a wool/silk/linen fabric that caught my eye and made me discover Ariston: a family-operated fabric mill in Naples that’s known for small-batch designs that are unique, eye-catching and always tasteful.
The Fall color palette of the waistcoat makes it a perfect accent to this lightweight taupe suit (also Ariston fabric) that my man Angel Bespoke made for me this summer, complete with his signature soft shoulder, 3-roll-to-2 closure, and accentuated taper at the midsection.
Nothing finishes off a badass 3-piece like a pair of classic captoes in genuine crocodile.
- Tortoise shades Vintage by Hugo Boss x Carrera via Brandon at Noel Vintage Boutique
- Taupe suit custom made by ANGEL | BESPOKE (fabric by Ariston)
- Windowpane check waistcoat (part of suit) by Michael Andrews Bespoke (cloth by Ariston)
- Grey stripe contrast collar shirt by Ralph Lauren Black Label
- Navy/orange geometric floral tie Vintage
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic (42mm)
- Crocodile captoe lace-ups by Scarpe di Bianco