Marks & Spencer's flattering £49 waistcoat is our new summer hero

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The longline waistcoat is our key summer heroEdward Berthelot - Getty Images

Waistcoats have been the fashion set's darling this season, with longline styles in particular reaching hero status among influencers, editors and celebrities alike. So when we stumbled upon the perfect pinstripe style while browsing good old M&S, priced at just £45, we added it to basket immediately.

Smart and stylish, this longline waistcoat is cream with grey pinstripes and chic tort buttons. Sharp peak lapels and handy pockets finish off a design that feels ready for any summer occasion, be that another day in the office or a more formal event like a wedding. Especially because yes, there are matching wide-leg trousers. One tip: it comes up quite roomy, so you might wish to size down for a more tailored fit.

For styling inspiration, look to fashion designer Charlotte Illidge, who favours a contemporary neutral palette. In the below video, she's teamed the M&S pinstripe waistcoat with a taupe satin skirt, strappy black sandals and a quilted bag clutch – such a cool, contemporary look for summer. If you like a pop of colour, you could add a red lip.

Prefer a co-ord? Pick up the pinstripe trousers too for £35 and do the high/low by accessorising with a luxury handbag. Dress your look up with heels or down with simple sliders. Black looks particularly elevated with this suit, as you'll see below, and we love the addition of a chunky gold necklace.

Longline waistcoats have really taken off this spring/summer in line with the pared-back, 'quiet luxury' trend, with Aligne's cult Leo style leading the charge. It's loved on account of its chic high neckline and cinched-in waist, which lends the traditionally masculine waistcoat a more feminine silhouette.

Unfortunately, the original Leo is currently sold out in all three of its colourways – black, blue pinstripe and the trending butter yellow – but a restock is 'coming soon' and you can pop in your email to be notified. Or, opt for the new linen remake in black or red – it'll be a lifesaver if a heatwave strikes this summer.

If you'd like to try a waistcoat but prefer more coverage, they can also look great layered under a simple white T-shirt (our editor-in-chief loves Sezane's Conrad tee). Or, on cooler days, under a matching blazer – keep an eye out for three-piece suits if you'd like this option.

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