Tweed Waistcoat and Pants

When it comes to buying a suit, one of the things I always recommend if it is an option and within your budget, is to add a waistcoat. With a two-piece suit, you only get three variations—the two-piece, jacket separate, and pants separate. Add a waistcoat to the equation, and you’ve suddenly more than doubled the possibilities. Pairing the waistcoat and pants together is an underutilized combination, in my opinion, and one that I’d like to see more often. Here’s one way to do it.

Tweed Waistcoat - He Spoke Style

I always like to wear this combination when I’m looking for something dapper, but a bit more relaxed. There’s a certain amount of formality to even the classic two-piece version that the waistcoat/pants combo is able to overcome.

The club collar shirt has made a huge comeback in the past year or so. When my style leans towards classic dapper, it’s the first shirt I reach for in my closet. A pocket watch is also a great accessory when you’re wearing a waistcoat. You can find many different kinds of pocket watch fobs—some extremely ornate—but I prefer a simple silver chain threaded through my waistcoat’s second buttonhole from the top.

Tweed Waistcoat - He Spoke Style

Tweed Waistcoat - He Spoke Style

Tweed Waistcoat - He Spoke Style

This Look: Brown donegal tweed waistcoat and pants by Michael Andrews Bespoke (similar waistcoat and pants) – Blue striped club collar shirt by Brooks Brothers (Now 50% Off) – Navy repp tie c/o Brooks Brothers – Sterling silver cuff links by Tiffany & Co. (similar here) – Pocket watch by Bellagio (similar here) – Dark brown 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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  • Geri

    That’s a great combination – and what I love particularly about the outfit is the pocket watch. I’ve recently written about pocket watches on my blog.

    All the best from London

  • James

    Looks great!
    Do you prefer flat front or pleated pants when you suit up, and subsequently do you cuff your flat fronts or only your pleated ones?

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, James. Do you mean flat front or creased legs? If so, all my suit pants are creased. I like to wear a two-inch cuff. If you are referring to plain front (sometimes called flat front) versus pleated, my suit pants are plain front. Just want to make sure I’m answering the right question. Thanks for reading.

      • James

        I was referring to dress pants with pleats off of the waist. I’ve heard from many that pleated pants (with creases) are supposed to have cuffs and that pants with no pleats ought not to have cuffs.

  • Mihir Shah

    Dang. I think you made those Dalton’s my new favorite shoe. They just look amazing with everything. Gotta get a pair.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Totally, Mihir. The Daltons are great with a suit or with jeans. Just can’t go wrong.