The Early ’00s Waistcoat Trend – Reinvented for the Better

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I try to steer clear of trends, but this early ‘00s waistcoat trend has been popping up everywhere recently and in many cases, reinvented for the better.  While the weather is still making up its mind as to what it wants to do, I’ve found a waistcoat to be the perfect substitute for a traditional jacket, particularly for work during the transitional season.

The Fold Waistcoat* (sz UK 8), Arket knit (sz S), Anine Bing skirt (sz S), Celine bag, Sarah Flint shoes* (review and discount code here), Ray Ban sunglasses

Thinking back to when waistcoats and vests were in their heyday, it was the boho styles that got a lot of traction – think Sienna Miller or Nicole Richie. I love the boho look on others, but I’ve never felt that I’ve been able to pull it off. I think it comes down to the busyness of some of the styles that easily overwhelm my petite frame. So, you can imagine how pleased I am with this tailored waistcoat in navy. This is a new season style from The Fold and has been a very smart addition to my wardrobe. It looks great styled on its own as a top, but I love how it looks layered with a long knit top, particularly with the chilly mornings that we’re still getting served. I’ve layered a merino knit top from Arket, one of my favourite style tops in my wardrobe which I have in three colours (beige, brown and black), but I’ve branched out and gone for something fun with this floral print design by artist Jacob Grönbech Jensen.

The Fold Waistcoat* (sz UK 8), Arket knit (sz S), Anine Bing skirt (sz S), Celine bag, Sarah Flint shoes* (review and discount code here), Ray Ban sunglasses

To finish off the look, I’m wearing my Anine Bing silk satin midi skirt with a bias cut which I bought earlier this year and my Sarah Flint flats – proof that you can still look dressed up for work without the need for sky-high heels. 

As always, thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ve drawn some inspiration from how I’ve managed to style my waistcoat for work.

P.S. Some of my current wardrobe go-tos and how to dress taller for work.



  1. Fran
    September 16, 2022 / 9:37 pm

    The description for the Arket merino jumper says it’s slightly transparent, and it looks like that on the website pictures as well, even for the dark colours — is the top apropriate for work when worn on it’s own? Looking for a similar knit but thicker. Looove the waistcoat btw, added to my wishlist! Just got a job in finance and starting to build my wardrobe, you are a great inspiration ❤️

    • September 20, 2022 / 4:04 pm

      yep, it’s only very slightly transparent but i still think it’s work appropriate (I’ve got the same style top in 4 colours now!). I wear it mainly under a blazer but i’m also more than comfortable to wear it on its own, particularly with a high-waisted skirt or trousers. Ah yes, the waistcoat is such a great piece! So exciting that you’re building a work wardrobe!

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