Thanks to the World Cup 2018, the coach for England Gareth Southgate, the man of the moment, has brought back the lost long forgotten waistcoat. Ironically just like the resurgent England team itself, we never thought it possible that the dark blue conservative waistcoat is the hot talking point for fashion for men right now and making a resurgence too.
Gareth has the most pressure in the world right now regarding the “it’s coming home”. The phrase that defines England’s World Cup hopes. What a better way to mentally remind himself, by having the message embroidered on his waistcoat. That it was way back in 1966, the very last time England won a world Cup. Could the waistcoat also be for Gareth, like many footballers a good luck charm too?
Coaches like Gareth, whether they choose to or not have the power and influence to dictate trends for men to embrace. Like three roaring lions, we can see that this waistcoat image is referring to a subtle display of his peacock feather image. It is a priceless item that hides so many unwanted obvious imperfections when a man hits a certain age.
It is actually a brilliant way, to hide that unwanted flabby stomach too.
Thanks to the retro thrift store look, trending since 2014, it has made room for waistcoats and dress shirts on stylish young urbanites. More so than ever men need to embrace waistcoats on a more casual affair. The current collections out now for men are just gorgeous. Leading the way are high street brands. They give great examples of how sleek and cool men look when wearing the waistcoat.
Then if you want to up a notch on the waistcoat, look no further than the funky label called DSquared, Gucci let alone Prada.
Or just copy the man of the moment himself and get a bespoke waistcoat made.
Make Sure The Waistcoat Fits
A well fitted vest is long enough in the front to cover the man’s waist (hence “waistcoat”), with no dress shirt showing between the belt and the vest. The sides and back will be cut a little higher, and may show some shirt; be sure to wear a well fitted shirt tucked in tightly to avoid fabric “ballooning” out in little puffs from under the vest. The shoulders of the vest should always lie flat against your body and below any collar points.
Keep in mind that the bottom button of a waistcoat should always be left undone. The top button may be left undone as well however it’s optional. The tradition is more than a hundred years old and stems from the same rules applying to jackets. There’s no practical reason for it nowadays (except perhaps to give off a more casual flair) it’s just a way of showing that you respect tradition.
Why Wear A Waistcoat
They just add such a sophisticated edge to what we see on a day to day basis. They look adorable with cardigans. They certainly hide the fat gut and when you go out for lunch, they are a fab preventer for eating too much as the waistcoat allows no grace for expanding tummies. Today I noticed that even an English, TV presenter chose to trend the waistcoat.
Don’t be afraid to choose bold waistcoats for summer. After all if it’s attention you are commanding then this is certainly the way to do it. More so, many people will now be noticing a man, who adds attention to detail to his wardrobe and the waistcoat certainly does that.