60-second style: Patterned waistcoats

After deciding whether to go for a single-breasted or double-breasted waistcoat, the next consideration a man must make is whether to wear plain or patterned. There's no right or wrong answer of course - the choice is purely subjective, with some consideration for the type of event one will be attending - but there is a better answer, which goes something like this:

When perusing our collections, you may notice that there are fewer patterned options for double-breasted waistcoats - this is not an oversight but rather an aesthetic principle - the asymmetry of the DB just doesn't hold pattern as well as the single-breasted waistcoat. With its single row of buttons down the front, it is just perfect for more elaborate designs.

IVORY DAVENPORT SILK SINGLE BREASTED 6 BUTTON WAISTCOAT

IVORY DAVENPORT
SILK SINGLE-BREASTED
WAISTCOAT

CREAM BELVOIR COTTON SINGLE BREASTED 6 BUTTON WAISTCOAT

CREAM BELVOIR COTTON
SINGLE BREASTED
6-BUTTON WAISTCOAT

STONE BRESSINGHAM LINEN SINGLE BREASTED 6 BUTTON WAISTCOAT

STONE BRESSINGHAM
LINEN SINGLE-BREASTED
6-BUTTON WAISTCOAT

While plain waistcoats can offer an eye-catching swathe of colour, the patterned waistcoat demands closer inspection. God is in the details after all, and wearing a patterned waistcoat suggests that you have put not inconsiderable thought into your choice.

At Favourbrook, we specialise in such styles because we understand the importance of individual personal expression, and the waistcoat is the perfect medium through which to do this. Silk is, after all, an excellent fabric for pattern and embroidery.

NAVY BRIMSTONE SILK SINGLE BREASTED 6 BUTTON WAISTCOAT

NAVY BRIMSTONE SILK
SINGLE-BREASTED
6-BUTTON WAISTCOAT

OLIVE WINNINGTON SILK SINGLE BREASTED 6 BUTTON WAISTCOAT

OLIVE WINNINGTON
SILK SINGLE-BREASTED
6-BUTTON WAISTCOAT

PINK CHATSWORTH SILK BLEND SINGLE BREASTED 4 BUTTON PIPED WAISTCOAT

PINK CHATSWORTH SILK
BLEND SINGLE-BREASTED
PIPED WAISTCOAT

The other great thing about a patterned waistcoat is that it opens up lots of different tie and pocket square configurations. The multi-coloured aspect of the waistcoat pattern means you can use one or two of those different tones to influence your colour of tie and pocket square, creating a really interesting and complementary triumvirate.

As ever, we would suggest heading down to our waistcoat store in the Piccadilly Arcade and trying a few different patterned styles on to get the measure of them!

Click here to shop Favourbrook's patterned waistcoats.