"I was a bit nervous about wearing a waistcoat" - Denise Van Outen shares her top tip on styling one of this spring's biggest trends

How to wear a waistcoat in a way that works for you

Linen Button Front Waistcoat
(Image credit: JD Williams)

Tailoring continues to be a big trend for this year, with one piece being the star of the show: the waistcoat.

If you’re yet to get involved, we promise a waistcoat will become a mainstay of your spring capsule wardrobe, since there are countless ways to wear one.

If the sleeveless cut is putting you off, we have one word for you: layering. Your best cotton t-shirts and chic boyfriend shirts will work well underneath, while a smart blazer over the top will lend your look some serious sophistication. Find the right one for you, and it will be your wardrobe’s secret weapon, particularly in this tricky transition between seasons.

Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and WAG-era Victoria Beckham were of course the original connoisseurs of the waistcoat. And they’re all digging them back out again - Sienna recently had a sellout success with a waistcoat in her M&S Collection, and VB has got some dreamy vest designs in her current line.

Kate Moss and Amanda Holden wearing waistcoats

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We’re also looking to the likes of Amanda Holden and Denise Van Outen for style inspiration this time around. Denise has just launched an edit of occasionwear in collaboration with JD Williams, and this £32 linen waistcoat is the must-have piece.

Denise, 49, told woman&home: “if you remember years ago, you’d see Kate Moss at Glastonbury with her waistcoat.

“They are so versatile and suit all ages as well. I’ve got a slightly bigger bust, so I was a bit nervous about wearing a waistcoat. But if you go a size up than what you would normally be, they sit really comfortably and you can still wear a good support bra underneath.

“There’s loads you can do with a waistcoat… a nice maxi skirt, pencil skirt, skinny jeans, blue jeans - works with everything!”

Her camel-coloured style is available in an impressive size range - UK 8 to 32 - and it's similar to a JD Williams waistcoat that Davina McCall wore when hosting My Mum, Your Dad last year, which flew off the virtual shelves.

Elsewhere on the high street, there's a cut and colour for everyone, whether you prefer a longer length to elongate your frame, a square neck to balance out a pear-shaped figure, or an oh-so-boho denim option to layer over floaty summer dresses.

If you’re confident in showing off your arms, a waistcoat works so well worn as a top. They’re effortless but look so put-together. Team yours with a pair of the Zara Marine jeans we’re obsessing over at the moment, or with some sleek wide leg black trousers to go from office to evening.

Caroline Parr
Digital Fashion Editor

Caroline is Digital Fashion Editor for woman&home, and has been a fashion writer and editor for ten years.

After graduating from the London College of Fashion, she has spent the last decade tracking down and writing about celebrity outfits, covering events ranging from the Met Gala to the King’s Coronation.

She has an encyclopedic knowledge of brands, but always likes to know about new and under the radar labels. She’s originally from Liverpool, and outside of work, her great loves are leopard print and her lively but adorable cocker spaniel, Ghillie.