Its worth wasting time with a waistcoat. 4 ways to wear it.

The waistcoat. If you've not noticed they are everywhere. Fringed, furry, embroidered, suede - its this mad 70's trend taking over. My mum told me this week she worked one in the 70's with flares, and nothing else underneath. A bit like Kate Moss did at Glastonbury in the 90's with not much more than a pair of hunters. I recall wearing one in the 80's, I was a bit of thespian so like the drama of the extra layer. I still do.

I bought this velvet waistcoat from Next this season. I wanted one for my 41st birthday to layer over the top of a 70's vintage maxi. It took me a while to find a plain, cropped, velvet one (I wanted velvet to match my velvet skinny scarf). After trawling, good old Next came up trumps again and it completed my look for only £30. Sadly I don't have any pictures of the look on the night, I was having far too much of a good time!

As with all my clients consultations I like to make clothes work a number of times so I thought I'd waste some time to see to work this textured tailored waistcoat piece into my Christmas wardrobe. I've worked 4 looks, for work, weekend, drinks out and xmas party.

WORK - So this look could be perfect for a smart working environment. I've teamed the waistcoat  on top of a silk printed blouse from Whistles and my culottes  - the waistcoat adds a bit of drama with the long pendant - you could throw on a cropped jacket to complete the look and its much more interesting than adding a black cardigan.

WEEKEND  -  This is modern twist on the british riding look. I've teamed my waistcoat on top of this gorgeous soft blue blouse by Bibico - I love the contrast of the blue and the black velvet. Whistles jodhpurs and black chelsea boots all you need on top is a classic crombie coat and you're effortless english attire is perfect for coffee with friends or christmas shopping.

DRINKS OUT  - Tottering around with black heels and skinnies I'm G&T ready!  - I love the extra layer of my velvet waistcoat - I'll be swinging my velvet skinny scarf on the dance floor ! I love the contrast of the black velvet and lace, (its a good cover up too) and it will give a new look to a summer peasant blouse.

POSH CHRISTMAS PARTY - So I'm feeling glamorous with top to toe velvet working my gorgeous vintage velvet maxi (that I bought had for last year) and soft pink top and buttoned up waistcoat (teamed with some super satin platform heels) - this will keep me warm, cosy, and stylish for my Christmas party. 

If you want to work a waistcoat go long and tailored at Hobbs , embroidered at Zara and fringed at Asos !