How to style a waistcoat: 4 ways to wear the tailored top trend

The waistcoat – once a piece firmly reserved for the wardrobes of grandads and page boys, but now all that is changing and we have Wimbledon to thank for it. SW19 dressing rarely disappoints, and this week we've been wowed by model Alexa Chung and actress Michelle Dockery who both gave us a lesson in tennis-spectator attire.

MORE: We are obsessed with Sienna Miller's Wimbledon date outfit

Alexa wore a crisp white version of this season's staple, Ralph Lauren's 'Ethel' design, whereas Michelle opted for Giuliva Heritage's 'Andrea' waistcoat in an ivory shade – and we are totally here for it.

WATCH: Antonia Thomas on the cover of HFM's July Issue

Interestingly, the tailored style is a British concept. The piece first emerged during the reign of King Charles II, and in 1666 it was immortalised as an official part of a fashionable gentleman's dress.

RELATED: Styling Doc Martens: 4 ways to wear the footwear classic this summer

Hello! Fashion picks out our favourite four ways to style a waistcoat this season:

Style a waistcoat… like Michelle Dockery 

Michelle-Dockery
Michelle-Dockery

A clean beautiful silhouette will never go out of style, and Michelle Dockery's Wimbledon outfit earlier this week is the perfect pictorial evidence. Wearing a classic ivory waistcoat alongside matching wide-leg trousers with crisp central pleats, the 40-year-old actress styled her neutral pieces up a notch with quality accessories. Favouring Aspinal of London's Midi Mayfair bag, oversized sunglasses and layered gold chains, Michelle proved that she is one to watch on the waistcoat front.

Reiss-waistcoat
Reiss-waistcoat

Luna premium suit waistcoat, £158, Reiss 

SHOP NOW

Style a waistcoat… with wide-leg trousers

Grey-waistcoat
Grey-waistcoat

If you're going for a more casual vibe, fresh white trainers and a matching oval-shaped shoulder bag is the way to go. We love how the sunglasses tie all the tones in together, and how the relaxed fit of the trousers balances the cropped length of the waistcoat.

COS-grey-waistcoat
COS-grey-waistcoat

Grey cropped wool waistcoat, £69, COS

SHOP NOW

Style a waistcoat… like Alexa Chung

Alexa stepped out at Centre Court head-to-toe in Ralph Lauren. The 38-year-old layered her white waistcoat under a matching linen blazer, finishing off her crisp ensemble with tailored shorts featuring pleat detailing and low black block heels.

Saint-Laurent-waistcoat
Saint-Laurent-waistcoat

Chalk wool waistcoat, £965, Saint Laurent

SHOP NOW

Style a waistcoat… with a colourful accessory 

Waistcoat-with-colourful-scarf
Waistcoat-with-colourful-scarf

Without fail, monochromatic looks always seem to hit the nail on the head. We love the pairing of a lightweight black waistcoat and an airy white suit, complete with a French tuck to focus the eye on the Chanel chain bumbag. A pop of colour in the scarf is a lovely playful touch - this is definitely an outfit we'll be recreating this summer.

Jacquemus-black-waistcoat
Jacquemus-black-waistcoat

Jacquemus gathered twill waistcoat, £325, MatchesFashion

SHOP NOW

Like this story? Sign up to our HELLO! newsletters to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.

HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.