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.
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.