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The odd waistcoat for formal occasions

2 November 2012


I recently wrote about my favourite evening combination – blue shirt and grey/silver tie with a navy or charcoal suit. This is a rather more dressy combination for formal events and dinners, making use of a waistcoat more usually worn with a morning coat to add a smart edge to the outfit.


The double-breasted waistcoat, made by Anderson & Sheppard, is in a fawn 12-ounce hopsack with mother-of-pearl buttons. It has peak lapels that are delicately scooped out and tacked down – the shape that A&S has always used for morning-dress waistcoats. It is closed with three jigger buttons, one under the overlap of the lapels and two on the underside of the display buttons. It also comes with white Marcella Demis – strips that run under the edge of the lapel and fasten with a further three buttons. They’re too formal for wear with a navy suit like this, though.

The suit itself is from Graham Browne, in a Lesser navy herringbone. The white Kiton shirt is worn with a navy satin tie from Drake’s at ASuitable Wardrobe. The lapel pin is actually a waistcoat stud from Kirby at The Hanger Project; I shamelessly copied that idea from Permanent Style reader Theo.

The event was JM Weston’s inaugural Creation Dinner in London. Alongside me are Tim Bent of Bentley’s Antiques and Justin Fitzpatrick of The Shoe Snob. It could be a better picture of me, but there you go.

Second photo: Anderson & Sheppard/Andy Barnham