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Black Waistcoat and Pants - He Spoke Style
Black Waistcoat and Pants - He Spoke Style

Black Waistcoat and Pants

April 28th, 2014

It’s important to revisit, rethink, and re-imagine pieces you already have in your closet. Making a habit of doing so, ensures that you’ll continue to get the most out of those staples as your style matures and evolves. A few weeks ago, I revisited one the first pieces I published on the blog, putting a black waistcoat separate in a different context. In that same spirit, here’s another take on one of my favorite underutilized suit separate combinations: waistcoat and pants.

Black Waistcoat and Pants - He Spoke Style

There’s something about a matching waistcoat and pants together that’s perfect for a contrast club collar shirt. Check out this post for a similar take with brown tweed. And again, I always find the waistcoat and pants combo to be the perfect time to break out a pocket watch.

Remember that a black suit is more formal and is generally too formal for a day to day work setting. But for dressier, though not necessarily formal, evening events it can be an appropriate option. For cocktails at a gallery opening or a night at the symphony, a black two-piece with a crisp white shirt is always stylish and elegant. I might not wear the combination in this post to a gallery opening—a bit too dressed up—but it would work well for a symphony concert or a more formal evening wedding reception.

Black Waistcoat and Pants - He Spoke Style

Black Waistcoat and Pants - He Spoke Style

Black Waistcoat and Pants - He Spoke Style

This Look: Waistcoat and pants by Stile Benetton (similar waistcoat and pants) – Shirt by Brooks Brothers (not available, similar here or splurge) – Tie by Seaward & Stearn (similar here) – Pocket watch by Bellagio (similar here) – Loafers by Bass Weejuns

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.
Location: The Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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