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Plaid Suit, Waistcoat Separate

October 4th, 2013

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.

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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