It’s been a long old time since we were convinced by the waistcoat but like all trends, this one is making its long-awaited return.
After disappearing into the abyss sometime in the noughties, we assumed this look was firmly behind us – but after seeing it time and time again on influencers and runways, its comeback is undeniable.
Are waistcoats in fashion in 2021?
Waistcoats first started making their comeback early in 2021, but as the new season starts creeping up on us, they’re set to become one of AW’s key pieces.
According to Lyst, page views for tailored waistcoats rose 33% over the past two weeks, with The Row, Gabriela Hearst and Mango among the most popular brands for the outerwear piece.
How to wear waistcoats
Way back when it was last known as a style statement, Sienna Miller and Kate Moss were the celebrities giving the waistcoat legs.
It was the perfect addition to a boho look, worn open and relaxed with a pair of denim cut offs and slouchy boots.
In 2021, the trend has evolved. Influencers are going back to basics and wearing the tailored piece with matching suits, relaxed trousers and even jeans.
If the minimalist approach doesn’t speak to you, fear not. Prints and textures are on the cards, with waistcoats in denim, florals and quilted styles too.
Black Faux Leather Waistcoat, £39, Urban Outfitters – buy now
Cotton-blend Printed Gilet, £34.99, Mango – buy now
Vega Dark Grey Wool Waistcoat, now £528, The Row at Harvey Nichols – buy now
Single-breasted Waistcoat, now £186, MM6 Maison Margiela at Farfetch – buy now