his ensemble: waistcoats and monkstraps

No doubt variations of the fashion in Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby will trickle down to high street stores in the near future, if it hasn’t already. Seeing gentlemen in three piece suits wouldn’t be such a bad thing. The dapper gentleman is back! Let’s hope this trend sticks around for a while. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of seeing grown men in elastic cuff chinos and hooded sweaters. Let’s leave that for the teens.

Marc Godfrey, co-owner of Beggar Man Thief, certainly abides by the dapper way of dressing. It’s all in the detail; flat caps, pocket squares, ties, waistcoats and bow ties. The key is to pick a few elements and work them into a modern silhouette. You don’t want to look like an extra in a 1920s movie. I love how Marc has dressed down his tweed waistcoat with dark wash jeans, giving him a modern edge. To top it off, his well-loved monkstrap shoes completes his polished look. You can’t be let down by your shoes, I cannot stress that enough!

Talking about shoes, if you’re in the Melbourne area, be sure to check out Beggar Man Thief’s South Melbourne showroom. There you’ll find a well edited selection of oxfords, brogues, derbys, loafers, boat shoes and sneakers (click here for details).


Get this look:


a. Collared Waistcoat Firley Herringbone, £150, cordings.co.uk
b. Walnut Smart Waistcoat, £40, topman.com
c. Tweed Vest, $129, countryroad.com.au

d. Poplin Shirt, $79.95, countryroad.com.au
e. Aahka Regular Slim Cone Mills Denim Dark Wash, $131.21, Denim Demon, asos.com
f. Knitted Silk Tie, $150, Brioni, mrporter.com

g. Gevan Slip-On, $228, Donald J. Pliner, lordandtaylor.com
h. Archie V Walnut Leather Brogue, $300, Grenson, thecannyman.com.au
i. Akar Leather Monkstrap, $455.93, Bally, saksfifthavenue.com

Note: Prices correct at time of posting

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