Formal wear is something you can’t avoid even if you wanted to. You’ve got to go to events that require you to show up in something other than a sweatshirt and a pair of shorts. Although sometimes, you don’t have to extend all the way to a three-piece suit. Instead, you can play it down with just one item from the three-piece. This is where the waistcoat comes in.

So you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. The best way to deal with this is to take the waistcoat and wear it through the day and into the night. Here’s how you can do that:

Two ways to wear the waistcoat in the day

– Wear everything but the blazer/jacket. Pick a tie, a shirt, a pair of fitting trousers, and a pair of brogues. Should you be heading to an interview, consider it nailed.

-Take the tie out of the equation. This works whether you’re at a business meeting at the Four Seasons or at a local cafe. Business has changed and so should your style. And if not work, this look will see you through a Sunday brunch.

Three ways to wear the waistcoat in the night

– Take your favourite graphic t-shirt — one that isn’t too loud– and wear it with a waistcoat and a pair of denims. The perfect look for a concert.

– The easiest way to wear a waistcoat on the casual is to pair it with a white crew neck t-shirt and a pair of chinos. Chances are if you’re on a date, she will be impressed. Just make sure to chew with your mouth closed.

-A fresh take on the formal waistcoat would be to pair it with a nice festive kurta. This comes in handy if you’re going for a wedding that is hopefully your ex’s. Let them see what they’re missing out on.

And, remember: breathing room will come easy if you unbutton the last button of the waistcoat.

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