Black Waistcoat and Pants

It’s important to revisit, rethink, and re-imagine pieces you already have in your closet. Making a habit of doing so, ensures that you’ll continue to get the most out of those staples as your style matures and evolves. A few weeks ago, I revisited one the first pieces I published on the blog, putting a black waistcoat separate in a different context. In that same spirit, here’s another take on one of my favorite underutilized suit separate combinations: waistcoat and pants.

Black Waistcoat and Pants - He Spoke Style

There’s something about a matching waistcoat and pants together that’s perfect for a contrast club collar shirt. Check out this post for a similar take with brown tweed. And again, I always find the waistcoat and pants combo to be the perfect time to break out a pocket watch.

Remember that a black suit is more formal and is generally too formal for a day to day work setting. But for dressier, though not necessarily formal, evening events it can be an appropriate option. For cocktails at a gallery opening or a night at the symphony, a black two-piece with a crisp white shirt is always stylish and elegant. I might not wear the combination in this post to a gallery opening—a bit too dressed up—but it would work well for a symphony concert or a more formal evening wedding reception.

Black Waistcoat and Pants - He Spoke Style

Black Waistcoat and Pants - He Spoke Style

Black Waistcoat and Pants - He Spoke Style

This Look: Waistcoat and pants by Stile Benetton (similar waistcoat and pants) – Shirt by Brooks Brothers (not available, similar here or splurge) – Tie by Seaward & Stearn (similar here) – Pocket watch by Bellagio (similar here) – Loafers by Bass Weejuns

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.
Location: The Peabody Conservatory of Music.


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  • Ivyanna

    Somebody call the police cos you are killing this look. Look sharp.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Haha! Too kind, Ivyanna.

  • Marc de Paris

    One of my favourite looks. You really look like a french dandy from the past: the waistcoat, the shoes, the watch… All is perfect! Congratulations

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much for the compliment and the comment, Marc. See you around the blog!

  • Alan Moore

    This look is fantastic! I love all the small details.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Alan! Thanks for reading.

  • Marcus

    Well, OK, it does look good as usual, but one detail: Don’t let your watch chain dangle out like that. It simply defies the purpose of the stopper, which is supposed to discretely secure the chain in the buttonhole and it looks like an accident worn like that. The rest: spot on.