Bespoke Waistcoats

Bespoke Waistcoats


A well-crafted bespoke waistcoat delivers a classic look that can truly transform an outfit. The bespoke vest or tailored waistcoat reportedly came about with Charles II in 1666 as a shorter replacement for the jacket. Nowadays, a staple in fashion, a bespoke waistcoat offers a practical, sophisticated addition to every gentleman’s wardrobe. The waistcoat is a notable element in the sartorial classic, three-piece suit. Either choose to match the cloth to the jacket and trousers or make the waistcoat the striking centrepiece with a patterned or contrasting cloth.


Single-Breasted Waistcoat

A timeless classic, the most popular style is the bespoke single-breasted waistcoat. Traditionally worn with five buttons, two welt pockets, and a pointed front that covers the waistband, this style tends to be incredibly flattering on every body shape.

We design our single-breasted waistcoats with anything from three to seven buttons. We recommend the classic five, as the more buttons you have on your bespoke waistcoat, the higher the front needs to be, so that the buttons are evenly spaced.

You can choose to style the single-breasted waistcoat with a shawl lapel, peak, notch, or no lapel at all. Depending on the fabric you decide on, this vest is versatile enough to wear for any occasion, casual or formal.

bespoke single breasted waistcoat
Ged Mason Harris and Howard Bespoke Waistcoat
Double Breasted Waistcoat

Double-Breasted Waistcoat

A more formal waistcoat than its single-breasted counterpart, the bespoke or tailored double-breasted waistcoat is generally reserved for higher social occasions and is primarily to be worn underneath a suit.

The double-breasted waistcoat has two rows of buttons running down the front with substantial overlap, allowing the buttons to be fastened. The overlay makes this waistcoat a good choice for Autumn & Winter, adding an extra layer of warmth.

The traditional style features a button closure of 3 x 3 with a shawl or peak lapel. However, when it comes to bespoke, the number of buttons you have is up to you, as are the details of the finish and all other aspects. 


Horseshoe Waistcoat

Regularly worn with morning or lounge suit attire, a bespoke horseshoe waistcoat is the most formal waistcoat you can choose. The waistcoat is distinguished by its deep “bow” or “u-shape” opening. They’re designed to act in replacement of a cummerbund, covering the waistband and allowing space to show off the shirt underneath or a particularly high-quality tie, such as from our online range.

This waistcoat is highly fashionable and true statement piece, the bespoke horseshoe waistcoat can be worn in either a single-breasted or double-breasted style.

Bespoke Horseshoe Waistcoat