Tailored Casual: The Peak-Lapel Waistcoat

December 7th, 2010

Introducing a new feature to thestyleblogger.com: “1 Piece/3 Ways”.

In this recurring feature I will demonstrate the versatility of a piece by wearing it with three different outfits, for three different “occasions”. While we’re on the topic of corduroy, I figured I’d go with a heavy-weight cord vest for this first installment. More specifically: a navy blue, wide wale, 7-button, peak-lapel waistcoat (part of a 3-piece suit of my own design – more on this to come).

My apologies if these looks are a little light-weight for the current weather in your area of the world; we shot this a while back in NYC and never got around to posting it.

1. Denim Layer

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The beauty of heavier, more rugged fabrics  (other than their warmth and comfort) is that even in tailored garments they are easy to transition into casual wear – making them very versatile.

This waistcoat, for example, is part of a sharply tailored  3-piece suit and has peak lapels, but because it is heavy corduroy it transitions very naturally to a more casual outfit. I’ve layered this thing with everything from a denim jacket, to a down vest, to tweed jacket, to a yellow anorak raincoat.

  • Bracelet from street vendor ·
  • Brown suede desert boots by Clarks ·
  • Denim jacket by Levis Vintage ·
  • Grey suede gloves by Thom Browne ·
  • Navy corduroy vest (part of suit) ·
  • Navy Gingham Shirt ·
  • Neutral chinos by Helmut Lang ·
  • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus ·
  • Tortoiseshell sunglasses by Persol ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic

2. Mix and Match

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Alot of guys are comfortable mixing and matching jackets from one suit with trousers from another. That’s easy.

Why not try mixing-and-matching the vest from one three-piece suit with the jacket/trouser from another? (I’m planning a separate post on this topic as well)

  • Bracelet from street vendor ·
  • Brown leather wingtips by JCrew ·
  • Grey donegal jacket (part of suit) ·
  • Linen paisley pocket square Vintage ·
  • Navy corduroy vest (part of suit) ·
  • Red/white micro-check shirt ·
  • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus ·
  • Tortoiseshell sunglasses by Persol ·
  • Slim washed denim jeans by Polo Ralph Lauren ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic

3. Batting Two of Three

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This heavy cord fabric keeps me warm enough in the early fall to run outside from one meeting to the next (light-weight scarf and gloves optional).

As mentioned previously (here), a waistcoat with peak lapels is a great business-casual alternative to a suit jacket, especially when worn with the matching pants.

This look is so soft and comfortable that it feels more like wearing a tailored blanket than a restrictive suit.


Thanks, as always, for reading.

More “1 Piece/3 Ways” features to come – as well as plenty of colder weather posts.

Yours in style,

SB

  • Bracelet from street vendor ·
  • Leather two-tone saddle shoes by Bass ·
  • Navy corduroy suit trousers ·
  • Navy corduroy vest (part of suit) ·
  • Purple shirt with grey windowpane ·
  • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier