World Cup excitement is currently at fever pitch and even more so that England are an amazing one game away from their first World Cup Final in 52 years. Aside from the team’s fantastic performance, one very big talking point has been Gareth Southgate’s navy blue waistcoat, with its meteoric rise in popularity seeing one M&S retailer in Bath completely selling out quicker than free pies at half-time down the local pub. Before you develop a fear of missing out however, do not fret, as we are here to help with some dapper, Southgate-inspired waistcoat options that will make sure you are all prepared, ready to join in #WaistcoatWednesday and roar The Three Lions to victory.
First up is this brilliant little number from British outfitters Charles Tyrwhitt. Currently priced at £50.00, down from £60, it is a classic five button, single-breasted waistcoat made from 100% wool in a lovely diagonal twill weave pattern. At the back you have a well-made strap adjustment that allows you to tinker away until you have the perfect fit. Add in a hefty six-month quality guarantee and this piece will have you looking as sharp as Mr. Southgate himself.
This brand is a personal favorite on The Gentleman Select and one that always scores a winner in terms of their garment quality and options available. Made from pure linen by Solbiati in Lonate Pozzolo, Italy, the Suitsupply navy waistcoat is the dearest of the bunch at £89 and features six buttons this time, along with some lovely looking small notch lapels. Jetted pockets and a classic rear adjustment strap complete this waistcoat, one that would make the perfect addition to your wardrobe tailoring squad.
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Of course if you want to go for the ultimate Gareth Southgate look, M&S should be your destination of choice. They are official tailor to the England team and whilst some high-street stores may be sold out or rapidly running thin, there are still plenty of sizes left on the e-commerce store. This waistcoat from the FA collection is made from 100% Merino wool and comes in at £65, however it is the detail of this piece I love the most. Five buttons, featuring unique Button safe technology that fuses them on tight, are complimented by neat, meticulous stitching and jacquard lining which incorporates hexagonal patterns to mirror that of football patches. Absolutely brilliant.
These navy waistcoats all have their own unique features that, like the England team itself, work very well together. All you need is navy trousers and a light blue shirt put together with one of the above and we are confident like Gareth and the boys, you will be World Cup ready come Wednesday night!