The English Wool Herringbone Waist Coat

The fall is about seasonal transition when it comes to menswear. My favorite transitional piece for the fall in the English wool herringbone waist coat by J.Crew. In the effort to add pieces to your wardrobe that are versatile, yet, seasonably appropriate definitely think about adding this waist coat to your closet.

Go Casually:

Herringbone Waist Coat by J.Crew (Sample) || Slim Fit Tapered Jeans by Levi's 521 || Henley By Converse

Mixing denim with a wool herringbone waist coat is a great way to spruce up a casual look in a very “old school” worker kind of way. If you don’t want to go with a collared shirt, add a plain white henley to keep the look relaxed. When going casual, it’s a personal rule of mine to add a “gentlemanly” piece such as a pocket square or loafers to pull out the refined qualities of the waist coat.

Where To Buy:

Pocket Square made by Sabir P. || Rose Gold Skeleton Watch by Alias Kim || Navy Knit Scarf by Gap || Loafers by Johnston & Murphy


Silk Knit Polka Dot tie by The Knottery || Wool Navy Blazer by Onassis Clothing || Shadow Plaid Cotton Pants by Banana Republic || Pocket Square by Armstrong & Wilson || Shades by AJ Morgan

One of the benefits a wool herringbone waist coat to your wardrobe is that it is perfecting for layering this fall.  Since this waist coat has such detail in the fabric, pairing it with a navy blazer makes the waist coat stand out without being too “busy”. A silk pocket square give you a bit of flair without taking away for the overall look.

Where to Buy:

Made to Measure shirt by J.Hilburn || Brown Wingtips by Aldo

Prep It Up

Substation Bag by J.Fold || Rose Color Pants by Lands End Heritage Collection (Self Tapered) || English Herringbone Waist Coat by J.Crew || Knit Fair Isle Tie by Brooklyn Industries || Cobalt Blue Socks by Lands End || Chocolate Suede Loafers by Mercanti Fiorentini

Take a risk, add a serious infusion of color with not so traditional trouser. The great thing about a brown herringbone waist coat is that the color complements most combination, as well as, neutralizes otherwise louder parts of your ensemble. When you plan to go ahead and take that color risk, be sure to pair the look with a subtle shoe. Herringbone blazer and waist coat are quintessential staples of the “prep” wardrobe and it is always great to mix with more modern prep pieces like the rose color trousers, fair isle knit tie, and Oxford shirts.

Where to Buy this look:

Linen Pocket Square - Vintage || Shades in breast pocket by AJ Morgan



Photo Credit: Marina T. Peele


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Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email with your inquiries.

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12 Comments on “The English Wool Herringbone Waist Coat”

  1. October 10, 2011 at 11:56 PM #

    I have been eyeing a tweed waistcoat for a while now. The J.Crew near me has a very limited selection. Although I enjoying going in to buy socks. Im going to make another visit next week.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

    • October 11, 2011 at 12:06 AM #

      Hey Rashon,

      Definitely check online. They have a wool/linen brown one that is on sale.

      – Sabir

  2. October 11, 2011 at 1:04 AM #


    • October 11, 2011 at 1:06 AM #

      Hey Skip,

      This is the benefit of living around the corner from good ol’ UC. I can use it at my back drop.

      – Sabir

  3. Calvin S.
    October 11, 2011 at 1:59 AM #

    Hey Sabir,

    Coincidentally, I just picked up a brown herringbone vest today! I love the last look especially, with the rose pants. My only qualm is that the chest pocket looks a little low on the vest, which looks fine without a pocket square, but when you throw one in there, can look a little off kilter.

    • October 11, 2011 at 2:03 AM #

      Hey Calvin,

      I do agree the breast pockets are a bit low, but, I still roll with a square.



  4. October 11, 2011 at 2:35 AM #

    I like the professorial look the waist coat and blue blazer give you. Good stuff sir.

    • October 11, 2011 at 2:37 AM #

      Hi Barney,

      Thanks man. That is definitely one of my favorite looks too.



  5. ramsay
    October 11, 2011 at 4:34 PM #

    Dr. Sabir!

    Once again, superb job.

    All looks are on point but especially the one with the rose pants and cobalt socks – very nicely done.

    I wish men were not so scared of wearing colors…life is too short to be wearing the same predictable colors.

    The Italians would refer to you as someone with “sprezzatura”. You make it look so easy my man….top that with the buttons on your shirt collar not buttoned – nice touch!

    So, so nicely done.

    • October 11, 2011 at 4:38 PM #

      Hahah Ramsay,

      Thanks for dropping by. You know I am a man that loves to mix some high color pieces into my wardrobe to try to inspire others. Be sure to enter the Onassis Giveaway!



  6. October 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM #

    Love the ‘Go Casually’ look, great idea Henley + waist coat!

  7. October 15, 2011 at 12:06 PM #

    Great look overall, but a pocket square doesn’t belong in a waistcoat. It’s just wrong.
    Also, try good vintage stores for waistcoats at a fraction of the new price.

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