Blue Waistcoat Separate

Let’s say you were in the market for your first suit and you took my advice and started with a blue one and decided to multiply its possibilities by adding a waistcoat. I’ve already provided some inspiration on how to wear it as a two piece (as a power business look as well as more casually), three piece, waistcoat and pants together, and jacket alone. But what about wearing the waistcoat as a separate? Here’s one way to do it.

Blue Waistcoat Separate - He Spoke Style

Fabrics, colors, and textures do not have to match exactly. In fact, one way to create interest and depth to a look is to play with these aspects. Depending on your suit’s fabric, it can be difficult to pair it with other, less dressy, pieces but, as always, when it doubt, just try it out. There are no hard and fast rules for what you can or can’t pair together, so spending some time experimenting and seeing what looks right is the first step to getting it right.

Thinking seasonally, now that spring has sprung, consider swapping out your plain white shirt for one in a subtle pink shade. And, as always, the right pocket square can do a lot to help bring your outfit into seasonal focus.

Blue Waistcoat Separate - He Spoke Style

Blue Waistcoat Separate - He Spoke Style

I’ve been carrying a leather folio around with me a lot recently. It’s a perfect and stylish alternative to a briefcase, especially when a briefcase might be a little too dressy and a messenger might be a little too casual. I’ve used it dashing around the city to meetings and was also delighted to discover that it fit my new Macbook Air like a glove.

Blue Waistcoat Separate - He Spoke Style

Blue Waistcoat Separate - He Spoke Style

This Look: Blazer c/o Reiss – Waistcoat by QG Custom (part of suit, similar here and here) – Shirt by J.Crew – Jeans by A.P.C. (New Standard) – Pocket square c/o Imperial Black (similar here) – Sunglasses c/o Persol – Leather folio by Reiss (similar here) – Watch by Timex – Belt c/o Banana Republic – Wingtip dress shoes c/o Johnston & Murphy

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


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  • Mind

    I see your point in the article, but the execution of the idea was not perfect in my opinion. The blue vest just doesn’t fit there, not because it’s blue, but the shade of it and material is just made to fit the similar jacket only. This jackets material is too different and just doesn’t fit my eye.
    I also don’t think that the light pink pocket square is the right fit. I would consider it with the very bright outfit with light blazer and chinos only, not the heavy navy blue, jeans and even a vest.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for your opinion, Mind. And thanks for reading.

  • Suzanne

    I adore this look! I think that the different shades of blue act more like texture here. The pink pocket square with the pink shirt is perfect.


    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Suzanne. Thanks for reading.

  • Tom


    Happy Monday! And I see it’s a BLUE Monday today…. However, I have to agree with Mr. Mind, while I appreciate the general idea – ring the changes on some nice blue pieces, underline with pink – somehow it just feels like you are trying to hard, sprezzatura is lost. On the other hand, who can argue with “bisous” from Susanne? ;-)


    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, as always, for the comment, Tom. What works for me, might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Cheers.

  • Mihir Shah

    Love the various shades of blue with the pink shirt. Simple but stylish as hell. Good work, Brian.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Mihir. Thanks for reading.

  • Alan Moore

    I agree with Tom, the look doesn’t feel effortless. I like the idea but I think the execution just misses the mark. The real issue I have with the look is the short denim length, one roll would have worked a lot better. Generally, I think your style is great and love reading your blog.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the honest and thoughtful feedback, Alan.

  • SouthMinneapolis

    Hello Brian,

    Love your blog and great post. My one note is that I think this look would work better without the belt since you’re wearing a waistcoat. It would streamline the effect of the combo better.

  • Vitor

    Looks amazing Brian. As always you look very classy.

  • Robin

    IDK guys, I like the way this is purposefully mismatched. When you are mixing fabrics and staying within the same color family, if you try to match them, it appears even more ‘off’ and obvious that the pieces aren’t part of an actual set. This look is killer, Brian, keep it up!

  • oscar

    To me this is really one of those highly custom looks that really is worn by the wearer for the wearer and nothing or no one else. Its kind of like that home that’s for sale with that particular wallpaper that the owners really love but some buyers might or might not. In this case I would’ve like to see it with maybe a blue tweed waistcoat because the overall look of this ensemble is casual. That being said it still looks good but not great.