Wardrobe Staple: Waistcoats

September 15, 2009

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Wardrobe Staple: Waistcoats

Going back to long sleeves is like admitting summer is over and we’re not quite ready to do that yet! Enter the waistcoat. It’s ideal for this in-between season’s transition when it’s raining one day and sunny the next.

If this wardrobe staple reminds you of rotund snooker players, then look to some stylish tastemakers who have been sporting this look already this year.

Wear your waistcoat with a shirt or a simple white T-Shirt or to toughen up a dress.


Kate Moss, on her holidays in Saint Tropez, looked very Euro chic in a cream waistcoat. If you’re after this look, Urban Outfitters will sort you out with a white, racer back tuxedo waistcoat.

DIY waistcoat

Kate Bosworth, Agyness Deyn & friends wear the vintage denim kind of waistcoat. For all we know their take on “vintage denim” could be a DIY at home job? For the frugal fashionista, reinvent your unwanted denim jacket by cutting off the sleeves. Alternatively, root around your granddads, fathers or brother’s wardrobes for a suit waistcoat that you can borrow. These can look especially smart over a crisp white shirt for an office outfit.


Beyonce, Mischa Barton and Fearne Cotton took the studded waistcoat route: Miss Selfridge have a fab black and gold studded number (€63, £55).


Lily Allen added glitter to her outfit wearing a sparkly number. If you like this look, check out Topshops silver “chain mail” waistcoat (€78, £69) which would look great with a plain top underneath and skinny jeans.


Of course the fringed waistcoat is very 70’s rock chick, ideal for festivals like Cois Farraige. Check out our guide to festival fashion where we featured a neat fringe waistcoat.

So make the most of this armless clothing staple before the long sleeves of autumn come round.

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