A few years ago waistcoats were all the rage, now however, they've seem to have died the death. I'm hoping this blog post will inspire some of you to give the waistcoat another go. I loved the craze back in the day, and I have always been a firm supporter of the look.

Once again my passion has been reignited, after picking this leather waistcoat up in the sale from The Kooples. This waistcoat is from the SS15 campaign and reappeared a few weeks ago in their bi-annual clear out online. I pined for this item a few years back, but unfortunately couldn't get my hands on it, so when I saw it at a discounted price, my luck was in!

This is a full leather waistcoat, so it's more of an investment piece, compared to something you could pick up on the high street. It oozes a cool western style, unmistakably designed by The Kooples. It's made of a thick quality leather, and has a chunky statement zip, rather than your everyday buttons, giving it both that 70's rocker attitude and contemporary edge.

I still have the campaign magazine from 2015, as it's one of my favourites! The guy looked effortlessly cool perched upon the window sill, holding a guitar in his hand with a killer fedora hat, I tried my best in emulating this in my outfit. The only things missing from my photographs are sadly the hot girlfriend & musical talent.

The waistcoat's detailing is the feature I fell in love with. Take the front pockets for example, the shape and cut have been cleverly pointed to mirror the angle of the bottom of the waistcoat. The front of the waistcoat is also slightly longer than the back, making the shape a little more unusual and unique.

A white shirt goes hand in hand with any waistcoat, styled to my taste with black skinny jeans, a cool belt and a killer pair of tinted sunglasses from Asos, for that individual finishing touch. This in my opinion, creates that ultimate frontman look.

I'm a huge fan of this outfit and have hopefully inspired you to give that overlooked waistcoat that you keep in the back of your wardrobe a second chance, rather than just digging it out for more formal occasions.

What are your opinions on styling the waistcoat in a more casual way? Lets start the revival here! Leave a comment below, I'd love to know what you think.


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