Plaid Suit, Waistcoat Separate

As one of my core menswear values, versatility is something I talk about frequently here. In some cases, it’s a simple proposition—breaking up a suit and wearing the jacket as a separate is a no-brainer and one of the easiest ways to maximize the return on your investment. (See here, here, here, and here as well.) However, learning to think outside the box in terms of how you utilize the pieces of your suit as separates can expand the possibilities exponentially. It’s not always easy, but here’s one way I got creative with the waistcoat from my plaid three piece suit.

Plaid Three Piece Suit: Waistcoat Separate - He Spoke Style

There is something to be said for sticking with what you know. I am definitely big on routines, but keeping an open mind, experimenting, and taking a bit of a risk every now and then can be both rewarding and exhilarating. Taken as a whole, it can be hard to envision a plaid three piece suit as anything but a plaid three piece suit, but pairing the waistcoat with a couple of other great fall layering pieces, like a lightweight sweater and henley, is a fun way to shake things up a bit.

Plaid Three Piece Suit: Waistcoat Separate - He Spoke Style

Layering tip: When you are dealing with multiple layers, keep a steady progression of light to dark or vice versa working inward or outward.

Plaid Three Piece Suit: Waistcoat Separate - He Spoke Style

Plaid Three Piece Suit: Waistcoat Separate - He Spoke Style

Plaid Three Piece Suit: Waistcoat Separate - He Spoke Style

This Look: Grey plaid waistcoat (part of suit) c/o Reiss (similar here and here) – Tan half zip sweater by J.Crew – Off white henley by J.Crew – Olive chinos by Uniqlo (similar here) – Brown leather belt by Gap – Sunglasses by Persol (also like these) – Leather cuff c/o Gorjana & Griffin (no longer available, similar here) – Canvas and leather carry on bag c/o Gorjana & Griffin (Assembly) – Dark brown leather wingtip dress boots c/o Allen Edmonds (Dalton)

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


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  • DeMarco Wills

    At first glance, I didn’t understand this ensemble, but reading that light to dark tip made it make so much sense. This was a really great post. You’re boots are amazing by the way!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading, DeMarco.

  • Michael Armstrong

    I have never imagined this before, but I am loving it! Thank you

    • Brian Sacawa

      That’s great to hear. Thanks for reading, Michael.

  • Dan J.

    You manage to own it but I don’t think I could pull off the vest over a half-zip sweater. Props for originality and I love the boots with those pants.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Don’t know unless you try, right? Thanks for the comment and have a great weekend.

  • Christian theTRAVELR

    Cool idea… need to try an abandoned waist coat over a sweater!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Definitely. Thanks for reading, Christian.

  • Jeremy H.

    Truly an inspiring site, Brian. For a pant roll up, should you purchase chinos that are slightly longer than your normal inseam, to give more fabric to roll up? Are there rules regarding when to roll up pants and when not to? For example, does it depend on the shoe/boot?

  • Seth Nelson

    Your emphasis on versatility has convinced me to start buying three-piece suits whenever possible. In fact, now I don’t see why one wouldn’t go for a three piece if given the choice. Do you?

    • Brian Sacawa

      Nope! A waistcoat simply adds too much value.