Tailored Casual: The Peak-Lapel Waistcoat

December 7th, 2010

Introducing a new feature to thestyleblogger.com: “1 Piece/3 Ways”.

In this recurring feature I will demonstrate the versatility of a piece by wearing it with three different outfits, for three different “occasions”. While we’re on the topic of corduroy, I figured I’d go with a heavy-weight cord vest for this first installment. More specifically: a navy blue, wide wale, 7-button, peak-lapel waistcoat (part of a 3-piece suit of my own design – more on this to come).

My apologies if these looks are a little light-weight for the current weather in your area of the world; we shot this a while back in NYC and never got around to posting it.

    1. Denim Layer



    The beauty of heavier, more rugged fabrics  (other than their warmth and comfort) is that even in tailored garments they are easy to transition into casual wear – making them very versatile.

    This waistcoat, for example, is part of a sharply tailored  3-piece suit and has peak lapels, but because it is heavy corduroy it transitions very naturally to a more casual outfit. I’ve layered this thing with everything from a denim jacket, to a down vest, to tweed jacket, to a yellow anorak raincoat.

    • Bracelet from street vendor
    • Brown suede desert boots by Clarks
    • Denim jacket by Levis Vintage
    • Grey suede gloves by Thom Browne
    • Navy corduroy vest (part of suit)
    • Navy Gingham Shirt
    • Neutral chinos by Helmut Lang
    • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus
    • Tortoiseshell sunglasses by Persol
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic

    2. Mix and Match



    Alot of guys are comfortable mixing and matching jackets from one suit with trousers from another. That’s easy.

    Why not try mixing-and-matching the vest from one three-piece suit with the jacket/trouser from another? (I’m planning a separate post on this topic as well)

    3. Batting Two of Three



    This heavy cord fabric keeps me warm enough in the early fall to run outside from one meeting to the next (light-weight scarf and gloves optional).

    As mentioned previously (here), a waistcoat with peak lapels is a great business-casual alternative to a suit jacket, especially when worn with the matching pants.

    This look is so soft and comfortable that it feels more like wearing a tailored blanket than a restrictive suit.

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    More “1 Piece/3 Ways” features to come – as well as plenty of colder weather posts.

    Yours in style,


    Thanks for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    • http://www.7trumpetspr.com/%E5%90%84%E5%BF%85%E8% エド ハーディ

      These are in fact impressive ideas in regarding blogging.

      You have touched some nice points here. Any way keep up wrinting.

    • Olerud_4_Life

      Dan, do you like the quality of those jcrew wingtips? I heard they are of poor quality? Just wondering because I have always wanted to buy a pair.

    • Gazman

      I can’t see the images of this outfits on this page.

      • http://thestyleblogger.com alex

        Sorry about that Gazman, there are still a few kinks in the new site that we’re trying to work out. Hopefully this page works for you now.

    • Gazman

      Look 2 rocks bigtime!

    • Martin Alexandre

      The navy corduroy vest with the matching corduroy pants are fantastic. There is nothing better than corduroy at this time of the year.

    • Badger

      I want to marry those saddle shoes. I’m in LOVE.

    • Aaron

      Hey Dan-

      Love the gray donegal jacket look. Any tips on where to pick one up retail at a few price points? Also any advice on measurements, details, etc to make it as versatile as possible?

      Thanks for all the inspiration

    • Matthew Mejias

      Hey SB,

      I’m actually an avid reader of the blog, and a great fan of the creativity you use in your personal style…it’s really inspiring…but I have 1 question…I recently purchased a new wool coat with a plaid design on the exterior, however the lining is made of polyester and doesn’t provide much warmth in colder weather and windy conditions. Do you think you might have any suggestions for a replacement fabric for the lining? I want to take it to a tailor to get it done I just don’t know what my options might be….I’m from Florida, but I will be moving to Iowa in about 1 month and need something VERY warm especially for the winter months…Thanks in advance…

      -Matthew Mejias

    • Anonymous

      I love the denim jacket, I cant seem to pull them off.

      Best Wishes,



    • Noel

      Hey Dan,
      I met you in Vegas while walking into Jet. I’m guessing when you got flown out by Esquire. You look crispy as fuck. Been following your blog ever since.

      How do you feel about moleskine fabric? I cop this midnight blue Adam coat from Gilt, but the shoulders are too square and boxy. I’m a pretty slim dude so it looks kind of funny.

      What alterations would you recommend so that my coat looks more slim and custom fitting? I know that I definatly want the shoulders softened up.

      Keep up the good work man, You’re buzz light years ahead of the game!

      Oh yeah, one more thing, you made it on this dude from the NY’s tumblr. Check it out.

      Thanks in advance,
      – Noel
      Long Beach, Ca

    • James

      is there a difference between a waistcoat and a vest? if so what’s the difference?

    • popo

      when are the video’s coming?

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        We’re working on them now. Still in their infancy. These things take time, especially when you are as busy and anal as we are.

        Stay tuned.


    • Dan K

      Do you shave your hands? You’re arms are about as hairy as mine, but your hands look completely hairless.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Haha, nope. No hand-scaping for me. Just naturally that way.

        If I had noticeably/distractingly hairy hands, however, I would probably think about trimming them (I think a man should, if anything, trim, not shave on areas other than his face).


        • popo


          what a question

          Im surprised no one’s asked ” boxers or briefs” ?

          • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

            Ha, I’ve certainly been asked that before – and much more interesting questions as well, haha. The perfect hybrid: boxer briefs.


    • Paul

      How come your images are not enlarge-able anymore?

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Good question. Will fix. -Dan

    • TO

      I love this post- those Helmut Lang khakis in pic #1 are perfect!(leg opening?)
      I just came back from my first opportunity to shop in the retail beast that is nyc– great experience!

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Glad you had a good tripe. I think the HM trousers are about 15 3/4″ across. -Dan

    • Chris

      The weekend brunch look is on point.

      And you know you’re doing something right when you make it onto FuckYeahMenswear:

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        I just found out about fuckyeahmenswear. Cool. Creative. This is a good example of my advice when bloggers ask for advice: find your “niche”, your “thing”, what you’re about, what you offer, what you do differently, etc.

    • Joey Dee

      Great post. Really enjoy the suggestion of sunday brunch with her parents. It may be cold everywhere, but this is a welcome breeze of freshness among the grey, black, and blues on other posts. The other looks are great too but sunday is best. As for doing something like this, i imagine that one just starts doing it, right? Keep up the good work, Joey Dee

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Thanks Joey Dee

    • Bravo

      It’s official. This is hand down the best mans style/fashion resource on the internet. GQ, Esquire, etc included.

      Keep up the fantastic work. I’m sure you will get offered some big job as menswear director or stylist or something soon and this will probably come to an end unfortunately

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Thanks for the compliment! Bigger and better things in the future.


    • J

      Sorry, not a fan of the vest at all – the fabric, lapel and buttons – but this is really a great blog. Someone asked the other day if you can go a week without shopping, but I think the real question is how do you get a job like this (stylist/blogger)?

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        No worries, thanks for sharing your opinion. To answer your question: you create it.

        Thanks for reading.


    • Thayguy

      one of my fav posts this far

      could you do a post on making your own ” perfect suit”, Im thinking about about delving into Bespoke tailoring?

    • Jen Smith

      LOVEEE all three outfits… I esp like the unexpectedness of the gloves in the first outfit….


      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Thanks Jen.

    • DC

      In the market for a green 110 myself. That one yours, a friends, or just on the street?

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Just on good street prop. -Dan

    • Anonymous

      I like the style of your corduroy vest. Where’d you get it? You’ve got great style IMHO.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Please see captions.

    • Sam L.

      I have to ask if that is your Defender. A well-dressed man always looks better next to a handsomely rugged car.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Hah, it isn’t. No car for me in NYC. Straight shoes, bicycles, subways and cabs for me. -Dan

    • The Shoe Snob

      Great post! I have a dark brown corduroy waistcoat that I don’t put to use as much as I should. Seeing your combo’s helps give a little bit more perspective on the range of attire it could be paired with. Thanks!


      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Glad I could be of service :)
        Thanks as always for reading.

    • cam

      thanks for the post dan. you seem to wear your trousers with no break or even a little above that. should i be very firm with my tailor and state “no break” if i’m in search of the same look?

      • JMRouse

        I have actually fought with tailors over this before. Even had pants returned to me longer then I requested because the tailor thought it was best.

      • RobDC

        How about you be yourself?????

        • Basil

          That’s hardly constructive. The guy is simply asking a question. He has been inspired by something that Dan does very often, and you accuse him of being unoriginal? There are some people I just don’t understand in this world.

        • cam

          “You’re not mad at me you’re mad at your father. I forgive you!”

          • Basil

            “I am! I am! I hate my father!”

            • RobDC

              It’s fine to be inspired..why make the post? Just to feel like you’re contributing something? Of course, you tell the tailor exactly how you want your garments..@cam, you make it seem as if you’re up his ass.. stop stating the obvious. “I like your pants and I don’t want a break in them, should I tell my tailor no break?” wtf???

              Also, you guys are hilarious with your comments…I actually think the serious comments are more amusing then your two.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Hey Cam. I know exactly what YOU’RE talking about.

        Before I found tailors and seamstresses that I can trust and have relationships with, I have had some bad experiences, especially with trouser length and width.

        Have the seamstress pin the trousers (all the way around), step back and look in the mirror, make sure you are standing straight and looking straight ahead. Have the seamstress undue the loose hem and pin them as many times as you need until they are at the perfect length and angle. This may take some convincing at first, and probably alot of repeating yourself.

        Once they are correctly pinned, be very clear with the person making the alteration that you want exactly that length/width. As in many situations, communication is everything.

        It helps to dress well to a tailor/seamstress appointment; it lets them know you are particular, detail oriented and “fashion forward”.

        It also helps finding a younger, more “forward” alterations shop. The 65 year old man on Madison Avenue might be slightly too accustomed to cutting traditional full-cut trousers for middle aged bankers, while the pop-up in the lower east side has been slimming ties for hipsters for years.

        Also, once you find a tailor you can trust – like a good barber – take care of them. Tips, Xmas cards, referring business, etc.

        Hope this helps.
        Best Dan.

        • cam

          Thanks, SB. So what you are saying is that when I visit my tailor I should say NO BREAK? I’m a little confused, you’re saying if my tailor is too old, he’s less likely to listen to me? Where is the best place to find young tailors?

    • Kristopher

      I’ve been following for a while now but just checked out the “about” section of the blog. I had no idea you were Canadian! Great to see a fellow Northerner doing big things (I’m from Kingston so not too far away from your home town). Keep representing for Canada and continue to inspire.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Thanks for the message Kristopher. Hope all is well in Kingston. -Dan

    • Hannah B.

      It’s features like this that have gotten me totally addicted to your blog! Also, I really need to get a few more vests for Husband :)

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Hey Hannah. Thanks for reading, it’s always nice to hear from female readers (after all, wives can undoubtedly have a big impact on husbands’ clothing decisions). All the best, Dan.

    • Dan

      3 fantastic looks!

    • http://www.MensStylePro.com Sabir P.

      The donegal jacket with the waist coat looks great and I bet it keeps you pretty warm. These are some great looks in the versatility of an article of clothing. Navy cords are something I can say I havent seen too much of. How is your actual line coming along.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        My line is coming along slowly but surely, been caught up doing a number of collaborations and other projects. Lots of exciting things happening in the near future of the site. Thanks as always for reading. -Dan