This ’00s Fashion Staple Is Officially Back

Designed by Dionne Pajarillaga.
No, you’re not imagining things: waistcoats are everywhere these days. The somewhat debonair, definitely chic look has come in and out of style for decades and holds a lot of sartorial power for those confident enough to give it a try. Appearing on Autumn/Winter 2022 runways at brands such as Etro and Burberry, and on fashion girlies like Lucy Williams and Francesca Perks, the waistcoat has officially re-entered wardrobes – but is it back for good?
Whether styled over a crisp shirt or tee, worn as part of a matching suit or on its own with trousers or a skirt, a waistcoat offers a perfect serving of BDE. If you’re thinking about getting in on the trend but are a little bit intimidated by it, we're here to help you out of your comfort zone and into this powerful look.
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Below, discover five different styles of waistcoats and 15 products you can shop right now.

The Linen Waistcoat: For Hot Summer Days

Trying to figure out which top to wear when it's hot out (hello, heatwave) can be tricky so a lightweight linen waistcoat is a sweet choice for summer. Pair with shorts, a flowy skirt or coordinating linen trousers.

The Denim Waistcoat: For An Easy Layer

A denim waistcoat is so similar to a jean jacket in that it's easy to style with just about any bottoms or tops, making it a great option for first-time waistcoat-wearers. Tip: score even more style points in a double denim look.

The Cropped Waistcoat: For A '90s Moment

More of a crop top gal? There's a waistcoat for you. The shorter length will give your outfit Rachel Green from Friends, '90s vibes (IYKYK). Pair with stacked necklaces and hoops for maximum effect.

The Suit Waistcoat: For A Power Look

As the style comes from centuries of classic tailoring, its original form will always be as part of a suit and TBH, this look is super chic. Feeling like a boss? Go one step further with a suit jacket (for cooler months, of course).

The Printed Waistcoat: For A Statement

Waistcoats veer towards a more minimal style but there's always room to make a statement. Try a waistcoat with a bold print and pair with block-colour layers. Or why not go for a print clash to really make a splash?
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