The Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing a Waistcoat

Copper Masoori Waistcoat for Men

A waistcoat is a perfectly versatile clothing item that can be paired with a shalwar kameez, kurta shalwar or a formal suit for a complete and sophisticated look.

When wearing a waistcoat, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you look polished and put-together:


1. Do choose a versatile waistcoat

Choose a waistcoat in a neutral colour such as black, navy, or grey for versatility and easy pairing with other pieces in your wardrobe.

2. Do opt for a well-fitted waistcoat

A waistcoat that is too tight or too loose will not flatter your figure and will appear unkempt.

3. Do choose a complementary waistcoat

It is important to go for a waistcoat that works cohesively with the rest of your outfit. It can be worn with a suit or shalwar kameez for a formal look.

A complete three piece suit which includes a matching set of waistcoat (vest), jacket and trousers is a popular choice for grooms for their Valima look.

Navy 3-Piece Suit – Navy Jacket, Trousers & Waistcoat

4. Do accessorize

Accessorize with a pocket square for a more casual look.

Gold Jammawar waistcoat accessorised with a pocket square

5. Do button up

Make sure to button the waistcoat to achieve a polished and put-together look.


1. Don’t wear a mismatched waistcoat

Avoid wearing a waistcoat that clashes with the rest of your outfit. It’s important to coordinate colours and patterns to achieve a cohesive look. 

2. Don’t wear an ill-fitted waistcoat

Don’t wear a waistcoat that is too tight or too loose. This will make you look sloppy and unkempt.

2. Don’t wear sandals

Avoid wearing a waistcoat with casual sandals, as it gives a mismatch and inappropriate look. Unless it is traditional Peshawari Chappal.

2. Don’t forget to button up

Don’t neglect to button the waistcoat. This will give you a sloppy and unprofessional look.

By following these do’s and don’ts, you can ensure that you look polished, put-together, and stylish when wearing a waistcoat. Remember to be mindful of the occasion and dress code, and choose an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident.


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