Vastly Underrated: The Waistcoat/Trouser Combo

If you’ve been a longtime HSS reader, you’ve heard me say many times that the waistcoat/trousers pairing from a three-piece suit is my favorite underrated – and underutilized – combination.

Adding to our summer and fall styling ideas for this combo, here’s one for winter in a beautiful brown wool houndstooth fabric.

mens houndstooth pants vest winter outfit ideas

mens houndstooth pants vest winter outfit ideas

Duffle coat c/o Tommy Hilfiger, QG Custom waistcoat and pants, Turtleneck c/o Ted Baker, Tateossian and Cantini MC Firenze bracelets, Boots c/o Tawny Goods | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

As you know, I’ve been all about the turtleneck this winter. On it’s own, under a shirt, and now under a waistcoat. I like it because it’s sophisticated, yet casual. A tie is always a more formal option and with the waistcoat/trousers combo it has the potential to come off as costumey in some situations.

Don’t forget that just like your suit jacket, blazer, or sport coat, your waistcoat pockets are functional as well. Carefully remove the stitching and use them for your wallet, phone, keys, or business cards.

mens houndstooth pants vest winter outfit ideas

Several of you have asked about why this waistcoat has four buttons as opposed to five (or more). The reason has to do with the addition of lapels on the waistcoat. The particular made to measure program I went through for this suit – same as my blue suit – goes to a four-button waistcoat with the addition of lapels.

I don’t have any waistcoats with lapels and I wanted to add them to this piece because of both the fabric and pattern. I thought it would be a good way to add a nice sartorial touch when wearing it like this or in a more casual setting with jeans.

mens houndstooth pants vest winter outfit ideas

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

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  • Peter

    I don’t know what you’ve done with the slideshow, but now it’s much better. Certain images wouldn’t load before, but now they do. Great post as always!

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      It was an ad blocker issue. If you had one one – these modern ad blockers can be aggressive – you might experience problems with the slideshow and Style Guide. Our developer has taken care of it.

      • Peter

        I had forgotten to whitelist this site! It’s all good now.

  • Michael

    What boots are those?

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Says it in the outfit details under the second image, but they’re from Tawny Goods.

  • Paul

    Very timely post as I just bought my first waistcoat. However, it has been tough to find retailers that carry casual fabrics that pair well with jeans, such as tweed. I am also on a limited budget so I can’t spend $100 on just one. So far Amazon has been my go-to, but even that is limited. EBay can be difficult to search on. Do you have any recommendations?

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the comment, Paul. For budget items that look richer than they cost, I’d recommend checking out ASOS. Here’s a link to their waistcoats: http://bit.ly/20HbOpe

      I’ve had some ASOS garments in the past – never a waistcoat – and there are some gems there, though I can’t vouch for the quality of every item. They are fast, however, and have an easy return policy.

      Good luck!

      • Paul

        Really appreciate the reply and advice! I think I may have run across ASOS but wasn’t sure about it, so good to know you have made some purchases that you are happy with.