The Linen Suit : Part I – The Waistcoat

Green Knit Tie by Clubroom

Linen Suit Separates:

The weather has broken and I was inspired by a recent GQ spread to pick up a linen suit. When I picked up this linen suit I wanted to it to be one that I could wear to work and for play. When you think linen suit you may picture white sands and beach parties. When selecting a linen suit that you will want to use for more practical applications (ie, work, parties, and casual wear) there are a few details that you will want keep in mind:

  • The fit should be tailored. Many linen suit are box cut and do not form well to the body. These are the typical linen suit you will see men at their beach wedding
  • Select a color that does not look to “vacationy”. Grab a navy, black or deep grey suit this will help with having this suit transition from work to play without looking out of place.

Linen Waistcoat by HM | Cashmere and Wool Pocket Square by Armstrong & Wilson

Side Note: Pink and green are great complimentary colors. I believe for a man you should use both colors together sparingly. Pick up this pocket square at (it’s called Fruit Salad).

The Linen WaistCoat:

I will start to introduce you all to my love of waistcoats in coming posts. People often ask what is the difference between a waistcoat and a vest and to better help here is what makes the two standout:

  • A waistcoat is typically apart of a three-piece suit
  • a vest can bulletproof, puffy and or used in hunting situations
  • Waistcoat has formal qualities and informal quality in dress that a vest does not usually possess (not always 100%)

The texture of  linen mixes well with denim because they are both coarse fabrics. Using a waistcoat is definitely a piece to pull out that can dress up a casual look. A linen waistcoat is a great option especially for the spring and summer because it is very light in weight.

Deerfield II Burgundy Tassel Loafer size 10 by Johnston and Murphy

Strolling pass the Septa parking garage in Norristown, Pa

Check back for most post on the Linen Suit.




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Author:Sabir M. Peele

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12 Comments on “The Linen Suit : Part I – The Waistcoat”

  1. Ma Junior
    April 11, 2011 at 2:26 AM #

    I enjoy the balance between casual and dressy. While great as part of a suit, I think the waistcoat it looks great on it’s own as well. With summer approaching this will definitely gt more play in my wardrobe!

    • April 12, 2011 at 4:10 AM #

      That is one of the things that I love that a waist coat can provide to an outfit (the dressy/casual look). During the summer the waistcoat is definitely a great alternative to the suit jacket/blazer.

      Thanks for reading,


  2. April 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM #

    The waist coat is a slept on piece. I love the linen option especially for spring/summer. And the color scheme is dope. I look forward to more post on the linen suit. Great job Sabir.

    • April 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM #

      Hi Marco,

      I really got into waistcoats in college when my formals started to come around for my fraternity. The linen waist coat may become my favorite, but, we will see.

      Thanks for reading,


  3. April 12, 2011 at 12:25 AM #

    Very nice look! Great mixture of textures and patterns.

  4. Brooks
    April 12, 2011 at 9:45 PM #

    I love this post. A waistcoat and jeans is the perfect way to merge dressy and casual. I own a few that are made of fall/winter materials, so I always associated them with those seasons. Its great to see you put a spring spin on them.

  5. April 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM #

    Great outfit!
    One question though. This is the first time I’ve seen anyone wear their pocket square with a waistcoat.

    What do you make of that? Was it something you thought about yourself or were you influenced by somebody else?

    • April 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM #

      Hi George,

      Thanks for the compliment. As far as wearing a pocket square with a waistcoat, I don’t think anyone influenced that style for me. I figured if I have the open breast pocket a pocket square is a most.



  6. Dave
    April 14, 2011 at 3:01 AM #

    Great fit. I was wondering.. What fraternity are you in? and what college did you attend?

    • April 14, 2011 at 3:06 AM #

      Hi Dave,

      I am a member of Delta Pi Sigma Fraternity which is a local frat at Ursinus College.

  7. William
    May 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM #

    I really like this look. It’s given me some ideas for my fraternity’s more business-style programs.


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