How To Wear a Brown Double Breasted Waistcoat

Words by, Igee Okafor

Photography by, Nick Urteaga

A waistcoat/vest is for the man who knows the insides and outs of his suiting preferences, and is assertive enough to showcase its fundamental principles. In today's menswear space, the well tailored piece known as the men's waistcoat is seen as one that pays homage to the eighteenth, and nineteenth century recognizing the man who values the significance of classic charm, and a smart fit. 

Both single breasted, and double breasted waistcoats are timeless in their own right. However, I happen to find the double breasted waistcoat a bit more fashion forward, sophisticated, and eye catching with all of its detail. As it pertains to color, there are three types of waistcoats one must have to maintain a well rounded, and versatile collection. The Brown waistcoat fits right in especially since a variety of its shades are suitable for every season.

If you're choosing to immerse yourself in this particular style, a few tips are listed below to help you. 

  • If you're going to design a waistcoat in a color as distinct as brown, it's best to pair it with a white shirt. If you want to avoid typical styling, the chambray shirt is a one up. It is important that both shirts if procured, should feature subdued variations of its color. You want the shirts to blend with the color tone of the waist coat and the trousers, for a more subtle contrast. The result is a soft, and cohesive look.
  • Accessorizing with small articles of clothing like ties, sunglasses, hats or wrist watches is a clever choice. It is even more clever to keep the color palette of these small articles within the brown, and gold color family. With brown already being enough of a dominant color, you want to limit distractions. 
  • A brown waistcoat calls for brown shoes; a pair that is darker than the shade of the waistcoat and, truth be told, I love a pair of double monkstraps. Compared to cap toed oxford shoes, look at the double monk straps as a stand-in dress shoe. Double monkstraps have become a staple in my footwear wardrobe. Wear with your favorite suit or waistcoat to the office, or to a formal event. 


Brown Wool Vest / Institchu . Chambray Cutaway Collar Shirt / Tom Ford . Double Monk Cap Toe / Johnston & Murphy . Doppio Gancio Acetate Schoolboy Sunglasses / Salvatore Ferragamo . Dean The Butcher Felt Fedora Hat / Goorin Bros . Wool Trousers/Knit Tie . Indochino

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