Fashion

3 ways to style the waistcoat this winter

By Amelie Langenskiöld

Photo: Fanny Ekstrand

This staple piece is once again in the spotlight - the waistcoat is back - and we love it

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During the FW21 collections, model after model walked down the runway in waistcoats. And of course no sooner had the garment been spotted on the runways at Saint Laurent and Etro, that it was then of course seen hanging in the wardrobes of our favourite Scandinavian influencers who were quick to adopt the trend. Our closets have seldom been accompanied by this many sleeveless companions at once, Vogue Scandinavia already correctly predicted that sweater vests are also one of the hottest trends this autumn.

Waistcoats, otherwise known as 'suit vests', have played a key role in men's wardrobes since the 17th century. Viewed as an integral component of the ‘correct’ formal everyday look, it wasn’t until several centuries later that it was introduced to the female audience. This was mainly because of women becoming more active, being allowed to embrace new hobbies such as golf, and hence needed clothes that could serve multiple purposes. Since then waistcoats had a revival in the early aughts, donned with aplomb by Kate Moss at Glastonbury - a look which inspired thousands of high-street copy cats. With its long and illustrious history it's no surprise the garment is having a renaissance once more.

Photo: Hilda Sandström

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Photo: Linn Eklund

As we are finally getting back to work our tailored clothes are making a welcome comeback, so here we share all you need to how to style the waistcoat now in three easy ways, inspired by the runways:

Black and White

Photo: Saint Laurent FW21

A waistcoat can be styled with more of less anything, but looking towards Nordic influencers it seems like the monochrome is the preferred colour palette. It's easy to see why, there is simply a timeless elegance and ease with this colour block. Whilst black and white is a subtle way of styling the vest, there is for still room to be creative. With a statement belt and a good boot you will create a look, which wouldn't look out of place on the Saint Laurent runway.


Black and White

Steel aviator brown

Chimi

SHOP NOWEUR 130
Virgin wool waistcoat

Saint Laurent

SHOP NOWEUR 890
White leather blouse

ACNE Studios

SHOP NOWEUR 1400
Slim-fit trousers

COS

SHOP NOWEUR 59
Women's BB thin belt in white

Balenciaga

SHOP NOWEUR 285
Knee-High slouch leather boots

Arket

SHOP NOWEUR 290

Masculine

Photo: Etro FW21

When asking our Fashion Editor, Tereza Ortiz, how she would style the waistcoat the name "Annie Hall" was dropped without hesitation. Played by actress Diane Keaton in 1977, this iconic slouchy menswear inspired look was also deftly emulated on the runways. Etro’s FW21 collection is all the convincing you need that a classic masculine styling with a feminine touch is always a stunning look.


Masculine

etro vest
Pinstriped wool vest

Etro

SHOP NOWEUR 730
Pinstriped wool trousers

Etro

SHOP NOWEUR 1345
etro blazer
Pinstriped wool blazer

Etro

SHOP NOWEUR 1740
arket belt
Leather belt

Arket

SHOP NOWEUR 69
aljo pearl heels
Aljo Pearl heels

Custommade

SHOP NOWEUR 415
safira hoops
Chunky hoops

Safira

SHOP NOWEUR 45.80

Pop of Colour

Photo: Patou FW21

Seeing some of the world's largest fashion brands inject colour in our wardrobes after a rather monotonous two years post-pandemic, one cannot help but smile. Whilst an understated look is stunning, you will never get as much attention as when you move outside your comfort-zone and try something new. To make the most of a colourful look, let the waistcoat do most of the talking and then use the accessories to do the rest of the heavy-lifting.


Pop of Colour

Les boucles riviera pendant earrings

Jacquemus

SHOP NOWEUR 348
Embroidered-patch waistcoat

Patou

SHOP NOWEUR 495
Fine knitted turtleneck

H&M

SHOP NOWEUR 17
Tie-fastening lace collar

Patou

SHOP NOWEUR 495
Niahe mid-waist trousers

By Malene Birger

SHOP NOWEUR 320
Karma embellished suede pumps

Amina Muaddi

SHOP NOWEUR 1080

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