In recent days I have been obsessing about waistcoats. I am a bit of a fan. Not necessarily the three piece suit, though I am not averse to those. Instead try a waistcoat, which is knitted or otherwise textured; it adds a certain je ne sais quoi to your ensemble.
Even better in these colder days adding a waistcoat, particularly a knitted one, not only adds a layer but an extra warm layer. Those of us who are very warm blooded appreciate such things at this time of year.
The thing is it seems to me that they are not easy to find. I can find button up cardigans all over the place. But finding sleeveless ones not so easy. And yet I run into a gent every now and then who is wearing one so they must be out there somewhere.
There is a subtle difference, of course, between a knitted waistcoat and a sleeveless button up cardigan. The latter is exactly what it says on the tin. Therefore like most cardigans it will be long and finish at the hips. A waistcoat in contrast finishes at the waist.
After some searching I’ve found some knitted waistcoats. Next have a lovely collection in a range of colours and textures starting from £22. T M Lewin have a knitted waistcoat available in charcoal or blue for £45.
For textured waistcoats tweed or wool with a herringbone weave provide a lovely textured finish. Corduroy, moleskin, or checks are alternative textured finishes you might consider.
Charles Tyrwhitt have a fabulous taupe tweed waistcoat at £69. If working with a smaller budget try River Island or Topman for a range of waistcoats. Perhaps even try Primark which has a lovely herringbone in a range of shades.
The waistcoat adds a little colour and texture to your ensemble, enables you to build a layered look, and adds a bit of warmth in the winter months. What more can you ask?