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Waistcoats are the unexpected womenswear star of 2022 – here are the best ones to buy

Waistcoats are no longer the staple of stuffy businessmen in three-piece suits and hospitality staff handing out food on trays at weddings.

It probably wasn’t on your 2022 bingo card, but the waistcoat has come back in fashion for style-savvy women – and they’re not like you know them.

In the last year, John Lewis reported a 53% increase in searches for waistcoats, and it doesn’t look like it’s a trend that’s going anywhere fast.

Celebrities and influencers have been spotted donning tailored waistcoats as tops for a sexy twist on the tailored garment, while baggy, androgynous cuts give a streetwear edge.

In fact, rather than a strictly formal piece, the button-up vests of the new generation come in such a range of fits, colours, and materials that you can really make them your own.

Layer with an oversized white t-shirt for a casual look, leaving the buttons open.

If you’re brave enough, though, wear your waistcoat without anything underneath for nights out. Despite it being a structured and boxy item, you’d be surprised how sultry you feel in your best tailoring.

These are the best waistcoats to buy now.

Somerset by Alice Temperley Tux Vest

Grown-up tailoring and a cut-out at the back make this a power waistcoat (Picture: John Lewis)

Buy for £69 at John Lewis.

Tailored Cropped Waistcoat

A cropped style is great if you want to define your waistline (Picture: Boohoo)

Buy for £16 (reduced from £20) at Boohoo.

Luna Premium Suit Waistcoat

In 100% wool, this crisp, white vest means business (Picture: Reiss)

Buy for £120 (reduced from £158) at Reiss.

Collusion Waistcoat

Pink satin is a fresh twist on the trend (Picture: Asos)

Buy for £25.99 at Asos.

Archive Black Button-Up Waistcoat

The cherry on top of your casual mid-season looks (Picture: Urban Outfitters)

Buy for £38 at Urban Outfitters.

Twill Single Breasted Cropped Vest

We love these statement tortoiseshell buttons (Picture: Nasty Gal)

Buy for £36 (reduced from £45) at Nasty Gal.

Topshop Longline Waistcoat

Choose a longline option is you prefer a boxy shape (Picture: Asos)

Buy for £38 at Asos.

Ashley Denim Vest

Double denim just got interesting (Picture: Weekday)

Buy for £46 at Weekday.

Smart Waistcoat

Leave open for a summer jacket alternative (Picture: Stradivarius)

Buy for £35.99 at Stradivarius.


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