This Trending High-Street Top Is Classy and Looks Great with Jeans and Skirts—I'm Sold

When summer rolls around, a few expected wardrobe heroes always come to the fore. Basket bags are taken out of storage, airy maxi dresses are hung front and centre in our wardrobes and light linens take their place in so many of our outfit builds. But in recent years, it's not only the classic linen trousers that have become a mainstay on warmer days.

For those looking for a little extra polish even when the sun is out, the linen waistcoat has charmed its way back into the hearts of fashion people, combining lightweight, breathable material and smart tailoring to become a mainstay on our wish lists at this time of year. And on a recent evening Instagram scroll, I found many great examples of how to style it.

Woman on street wears cream waistcoat and green linen trousers

(Image credit: @erica_davies)

After regaining its title in fashion circles a few years ago, the waistcoat is now a common feature in the most stylish wardrobes. Unlike the early 0'0s iterations that were worn loosely over boho ensembles, the current aesthetic is cool yet put-together, and my new favourite waistcoat ticks all the boxes. Even better, it comes from a high-street brand we regularly turn to for brilliant forever pieces: Whistles.

Finding a great piece on the high street with an expensive-looking edge is a personal passion of mine, and this waistcoat fits right into that category. It's the finer details that make these affordable pieces look well beyond their price tag, and on this occasion, Whistles has added a smattering of buttons, perfectly placed to be worn without a top underneath and to avoid bra-exposing gaps. The slightly higher neckline exudes elegance whilst the back tab adds to the tailored detail of the piece, which can be adjusted for a fitted or loose look.

Woman in dressing room wears black waistcoat and black trousers

(Image credit: @styleandtheboys)

Fashion influencers Erica Davies and Sarah Hughes (pictured above and below) perfectly illustrate the waistcoat's versatility, so much so that I took it upon myself to create four summer looks to show how many ways you can style it, whether with trusty denim, floaty skirts, a full linen look or slim-line tailoring. Whether headed for coffee or out for dinner, this smart piece is sure to fit the part.

Woman on street wears cream waistcoat and cream slip skirt

(Image credit: @erica_davies)

Keep scrolling to shop Whistles' Lindsey Linen Blend Waistcoat (£99), and see the four ways I'm planning to style it for summer.



Collage of waistcoat, jeans, bag, heels, earrings

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Collage of waistcoat, skirt, bags, shoes, scrunchie

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Collage of waistcoat, trousers, sunglasses, basket, flip flops

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Collage of waistcoat, trousers, heels, bag, necklace, lipstick

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Florrie Alexander
Acting Affiliates Editor

Florrie embarked on her fashion journey while studying French and History at university. Whilst studying in Aix-en-Provence, she began to write her dissertation on the history of fashion and the influence of Haute Couture, and landed her first role at Harper’s Bazaar. Following this, she interned for various publications including Elle, Grazia and Marie Claire before joining the fashion team at Conde Nast Traveller. There, she contributed to international photoshoots, styled pages and covers, and produced engaging digital content.

During a freelance period, Florrie honed her skills in editorial work in various digital and print publications including Vogue Italy and Departures magazine, as well as styling e-commerce photoshoots and personal shopping. Florrie actively pursues an in-depth understanding of fashion and jewellery, and after styling a jewellery cover shoot at Conde Nast Traveller chose to complete the De Beers Diamond Foundation course. Florrie first joined Who What Wear UK as a freelancer before becoming the Commerce Writer, blending both editorial and commercial content. Now, as the Acting Affiliates Editor, she monitors current trends, new-in styles, wardrobe heroes and how best to style them. In her downtime, Florrie can be found in her hometown of London, usually with a coffee in hand.