A waistcoat is surely the height of sophistication for the modern man. Traditionally made of wool or silk, lightweight versions are available in polyester, cotton and viscose to suit a range of scenarios and seasons. Yet with generally one type of model on the posters -- youthful and skinny -- many males secretly worry about not having the right body shape to pull it off.
While a waistcoat can leave you worrying about your spare tyre, the truth is the button-down single- or double-breasted panels are flattering for almost every torso type. Rather than flaunting your flab, the slim cut of this formal piece is designed to hide away your snack-based sins. In fact, the V-neck attire was originally made from the leftover material of a full suit and earned the moniker of ‘wastecoat’.
So by and large (no pun intended), you can count on the waistcoat to pull in that beer belly -- and more than likely the admiring eyes of ladies and gents around you.
Never considered wearing a waistcoat before? You could be missing out on an easy way to elevate your style. Here are the body types which are best accentuated by the sleeveless garment.
There you have it, then. Is it time for you to bring a touch of contemporary sophistication to your wardrobe with a new waistcoat?