15 waistcoats to update your spring summer wardrobe

First it was sweater vests for autumn and winter, and now the latest sleeveless trend for spring and summer is the waistcoat.

It’s a potentially daunting trend to try for some, but a waistcoat is in fact an incredibly versatile fashion item and an extremely useful layering piece.

For the modern, fashion-forward way to wear a waistcoat, go buttoned-up with nothing underneath – it makes for a sharp alternative evening look to a dress. For a romantic, seventies feel, pop one over a voluminous ruffle blouse.

In the daytime, throw your favourite waistcoat over an oversized T-shirt to instantly elevate a casual look. For the waistcoat-nervous, a denim iteration is your entry-level style that will go with lots of items already in your wardrobe, from floral dresses to T-shirts.

A leather waistcoat will add instant biker vibes while a suede, velvet or embroidered variety will give you an air of Stevie Nicks. Suit styles are what the fashion set are wearing, open over dresses, T-shirts – everything, really.

For cutesy, homespun vibes, quilted or patchwork styles can be found all over the high street right now – more of a jacket, these can actually provide you with some warmth rather than simply offering a styling trick.

For more direction on ways to wear a waistcoat, look no further than stylish Mancunian influencer sisters Megan and Faye Ellaby (above and below).

We’ve found 15 waistcoats on the high street that will suit all tastes and budgets – lots of them are even in sale right now, so it’s the perfect time to dip your toe in the trend!

15 waistcoats to update your spring summer wardrobe

beige waistcoat

Linen blend waistcoat, £29.99, ZARA

black waistcoat

Cropped single-breasted waistcoat, £69, COS

Alberay patchwork waistcoat

Albaray Organic Cotton Patchwork Reversible Gilet, £89, M&S

velvet embroidered waistcoat
Hippie Shake

Flowers of the Night Velvet Embroidered Waistcoat, £75, Hippie Shake

pink quilted waistcoat
& Other Stories

Quilted Vest, £41 (was £85), & Other Stories

waistcoat with pockets

Oversized gilet with pockets, £29.99 (was £59.99), Mango

paisley quilted waistcoat

Paisley print quilted waistcoat with sustainable cotton red, £27.50 (was £55), Monsoon

dark brown waistcoat

Suit waistcoat, £12.99, H&M

denim patterned waistcoat
Damson Madder

Maya jacquard denim waistcoat, £42 (was £60), Damson Madder

pinstripe waistcoat
Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Archive Black Double Pinstripe Halter-Neck Waistcoat, £38, Urban Outfitters

embroidered denim waistcoat

Embroidered Denim Waistcoat, £29 (was £49), Oasis

denim embroidered waistcoat
Hippie Shake

Don’t Stop Denim Embroidered Waistcoat, £59, Hippie Shake

floral quilted waistcoat

Cropped quilted vest, £20 (was £40), Monki

dark wash denim waistcoat
check waistcoat

Rustic waistcoat, £29.99 (was £35.99), Stradivarius