In the space of a few days two of our editors featured the same chic-looking Reformation waistcoat top in different stories, and I found myself entirely influenced by the power of Who What Wear UK's unmistakably strong edit. We only pick the best of the best when it comes to products in our shopping stories, and the taste level of both affiliate editor Emily Dawes and shopping editor Remy Farrell is never to be questioned.
So, one night last week when I was scrolling through WWW's Instagram Stories, I made an uncharacteristically impulsive decision to buy a button-down vest that I couldn't stop thinking about. But actually, ever since I saw Monikh Dale and Sofia Richie Grainge wearing the white long-line linen waistcoat (and matching maxi skirt) from Australian brand Posse, I was determined to find my own version (understandably, the Posse item sold out fast).
What I liked about Posse's '90s-flecked piece is the fact that you can un-button it to suit your desired silhouette, and with a higher neckline I could also tick a box for modesty, as I'm not often inclined to get the décolletage out. What I also knew, in advance of finding the perfect waistcoat option at Reformation, was that I really needed something to refresh my denim collection.
I rarely stray from a white tee with my jeans, and it felt like time to switch things up. Not to mention, I just had about 10 inches taken off my hair, and there's something about more minimalistic clothes when I have a bob—they just seem to work.
And so, the decision to buy the Aspen Linen Top became a surprisingly easy one. I find that Reformation can be a little snug on boobs (and butts) so I went for a size up from my usual, and the plan worked—this is a good fit on me. What I will say is that the cut around the armpit (for someone petite who often has to take things up at the shoulder seam) means that wearing a fuller-coverage bra is a little tricky, but if you're taller, I don't believe this will be a problem.
You can pull the buckle fastening at the back of the waist to bring it in or loosen the silhouette, and there's the also the option to undo an extra button or two depending on the look you want. I'm almost tempted to buy it in white as well as black, but I do have one criticism: This little beauty should come in extended sizes! I'm absolutely certain there will be so many women out there over a size 16 who want to buy into this sophisticated trend, and normally Reformation is a trusted go-to for on-the-money styles that come in a wider range of sizes.
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Hannah Almassi is the editor in chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was hired to launch a UK sister site and social channels, localise content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 15 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times and MatchesFashion.com, among many others.
Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy toddler and highly Instagrammable cat.
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