The idea of men wearing waistcoats today seems rather non-existent men do not tend to wear them unless they are attending a wedding or some sort of other similar formal occasion, or of course those unflattering, heavily patterned monstrosities that are often seen on BBC 2 snooker players!
A male co-worker (and avid supporter of the waistcoat!) suggested I write about the topic which I did find slightly daunting but after his eagerness and assurance that they are the way forward, I started to believe that maybe a man may know something about mens fashion that I perhaps had not considered! After all, if men can wear a cardigan and make it look good, they should have no problems with a waistcoat!
The most fashionable trends consist of wearing a plain coloured waistcoat in a casual way. Fashion designers this spring have featured the mans waistcoat by layering more than one casually over each other. If this is too trendy for you men reading this, then a plain coloured waistcoat can be worn over a plain white t-shirt as seen at Krus Van Assche this Spring, which is just as sexy especially as it is so laid back and has a fit chest on show!
Another way is to dress up the waistcoat slightly, a look that I have noticed on celebrities more and more recently. Singer Lemar was seen wearing a waistcoat over a satin shirt during his performance at the BIC in Bournemouth (steer clear of the satin if you have a few rolls you want to remain hidden), whilst I noticed Vernon Kay and Jason Donovan on television, sporting similar looks. The best waistcoats can be found at a more cost effective price at Topman, the black textured waistcoat is best for daytime looks.
One tip men, if you're going to be wearing the waistcoat casually, DON'T DO IT UP, you'll just end up looking like an old man!
Did you ever wonder why a lot of professional men leave the bottom button of a waistcoat undone?
The custom of leaving the bottom button undone was adopted at the beginning of the twentieth century by imitators of the portly King Edward VII, whose tailors apparently could not keep up with his appetite. It is observed only in the single-breasted instance of the garment.