her ensemble: the long waistcoat

The waistcoat is an item of clothing that’s most likely not in your wardrobe and for good reason, they’re not the easiest to wear. The mere mention of the word waistcoat brings flashbacks of gaudy 90s weddings and the boho movement back in the early Noughties. The waistcoat I’m featuring in this blog post is thankfully neither of them. This version is tailored, long and smart. The ideal layering tool when a blazer is too formal and a denim jacket is too casual, also the perfect middle ground for transitional weather conditions.

I gave myself a challenge to style this long waistcoat from Target that came out a few seasons ago, just to prove how versatile it can be. Special thanks to Elissa Pipertzis for being my model, Laura Slack for doing hair and Bianca Bastone for doing makeup.

As a dress…

In this first option, I’ve paired the long waistcoat with a sheer grid print blouse (Witchery), a velvet ribbon tied as a bow (Spotlight), sheer socks (COS) with heels (Wittner) and a logo purse (Gucci) for a playful take on this Target waistcoat.

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As a jacket…

In this second option, I’ve left the long waistcoat unbuttoned and paired it with a satin cami (Decjuba), navy crop culottes (Seed), tan heels (Tony Bianco) and a top handle bag (Bally) to make for a casually chic ensemble.

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As a top…

In this third option, I’ve combined the waistcoat with a satin cami (as above), pleated wide leg trousers (Zimmerman), rattan heels (RMK) and a top handle bag (as above) to contrast the structure of the waistcoat with the movement of the pleated pants.

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Get this look

waistcoat

a. Sleeveless Solid Long Vest, $USD25.49, aliexpress.com

b. Camel Sfalic Waiscoat, $311.60, trouva.com

c. Long Waistcoat, $558, Helmut Lang, farfetch.com

Note: Prices correct at time of posting

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