Warm Weather Waistcoat

For those of us who like to wear blazers and sport more tailored looks, warmer weather can sometimes feel like the equivalent of a personal style buzzkill. As someone who runs generally hot, I’ve learned to despise the often unreasonably hot and humid summers in the Mid-Atlantic. You can, of course, choose a blazer in lighter and more breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen. However, there are other ways to maintain a tailored and dapper look in warm weather. One way to do it is to put your waistcoat to use as a separate.

Warm Weather Waistcoat - He Spoke Style

Add this to the endless list of reasons to choose a three-piece suit over a two-piece. You already know how I feel about pairing a three-piece suit’s waistcoat and pants together—see here for tweed, here for plaid, and here for blue—which can be a great option for business. Just leave the jacket at home. But for giving a casual look a bit of a tailored edge, the waistcoat alone will always do the trick.

If you can afford to go custom, always try to do something interesting. Jacket linings are a great place to start to add a bit of subtle detailing and individuality. And if you have the opportunity to use the same lining material for the back of your waistcoat, do it. It’s the detail that makes this one of my all-time favorite pieces.

Warm Weather Waistcoat - He Spoke Style

Warm Weather Waistcoat - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | QG Custom waistcoat (similar HERE), Shirt c/o Banana Republic, J.Crew jeans, Christy’s hat, Belt c/o Coach, Timex watch, To Boot New York loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Warm Weather Waistcoat - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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  • http://thepocketstyle.blogspot.com/ Andres Poiche
  • http://www.thecuriousgentleman.blogspot.co.il Igal Reysher

    Wow this outfit is amazing, love your hat Brian.


    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, as always, Igal. Have a great evening.

  • Alex


    Is that waistcoat wool? And if so, what’s the weight on it? Just curious. great post!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Yes, Alex. 100% wool. The fabric is Super 130s by Ariston.

  • http://theworldofbryant.blogspot.com Bryant Wade

    This is a look that I have never thought about, but I am in love with it! Great Post!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much, Bryant. Cheers!

  • Marc de Paris

    Wonderful look, I enjoy it so much. Next week, we shall have a fashion week in Paris. I wish you could join us! Take care. Marc

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      That would be awesome. Perhaps some day I’ll get over there!

  • Andy

    I’ve been reading that the proper length of a waistcoat is that it should cover the belt and not show any shirt. Thoughts? I know you are all about knowing the rules, but breaking them as you see fit.

    Big fan of your work.


    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Good eye, Andy. Here is the same waistcoat worn with the matching pants. You can see that the proportions are spot on. What you see in this post is a combination of my jeans sitting lower on my hips as well as the way I’m standing or leaning, which causes you to see a little bit of my shirt. Not a deal-breaker for me at all, especially since I love the back of this waistcoat.

  • Bob

    Hey Brian, I’d love to see the same look with white loafers and your white hat. Also I second Andy’s query about ‘appropriate’ length of a waistcoat. You often tend to ‘repurpose’ your three piece suits but when choosing just a waistcoat do you switch lengths? Love your site, it is perfect blend of fine photography, judicious advice and clever experimentation.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      I always repurpose my three-piece suits! See my reply to Andy above. That should explain a bit more.

      Thanks so much for the compliments. Very much appreciated. Have a great evening.