Fall Essentials: The Waistcoat


A waistcoat (commonly referred to as a vest) is one of the few items that can instantly enhance an outfit, whether it’s worn with a suit or worn separately on it’s own.

So with the fall being in full swing, I wanted to take some time to discuss some of the benefits of adding a tailored waistcoat to your fall wardrobe.


A waistcoat is the 3rd part of a 3-piece suit and this one in particular was originally part of a vintage 3-piece suit that I purchased almost 3 years ago. At the time, it was one of my favorite suits and I wore at least once a week during the fall and winter months.

Unfortunately, after a few brutal winter’s in Buffalo I had to let it go because the trousers got ruined!

On the bright side, even though I had to say goodbye to one of my favorite suits, I held onto the waistcoat because I knew it was something that I could easily dress up or dress down. In fact, I wore it with everything from wool camel coats, to denim jackets, and even leather bomber jackets.


The other great thing about wearing a waistcoat is that it is a great look for most body types. It could help hide the extra pounds that you might gain during the winter, mask a baggy dress shirt, or just add the finishing touches to an otherwise simple outfit.

Use this outfit as an example!

It’s just a simple navy blue henley, some dark blue jeans, and a pair of brown suede chelsea boots. However, by adding the waistcoat it made the outfit more interesting.


When it comes to wearing a waistcoat correctly, I always leave the last button unfastened to allow more room at the hips for movement and sitting down.

Therefore, it’s fair to say that the sometimes, always, never, rule also applies to waistcoats as well!

_mg_1659Shirt by St. John’s Bay, Waistcoat by Vintage, Jeans by Uniqlo, Boots by Jack Erwin

As always, thanks for reading!

Yours truly,

Akil McLeod
The Dapper Advisor

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