Zara, Topshop and ASOS Are Already Stocking This New "Ugly" Trend

I think Kate Moss has ruined me when it comes to black waistcoats. How could anyone make it look as chic as her? Kate's signature style used to be as simple as throwing one over the top of a T-shirt and denim shorts and maybe tying a scarf around her neck. Sometimes, for extra sassiness, she'd just wear the waistcoat buttoned up with nothing underneath.

Honestly, I could spend hours just looking at Pinterest compilations of her dedication to the garment. Many of us mere mortals, however, didn't quite manage to make it look so cool. Family members and friends alike would ask if you were planning on playing snooker later or whether it was part of a fancy dress costume.

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Kate Moss wearing a waistcoat in 2006.

But to those people who poured scorn on the early '00s trend, it's back and genuinely better than ever. While it might be deemed an "ugly" trend in that it's not an easy look to carry off, it's already won me over. Now, it's all about pairing your waistcoat with matching trousers.

Gone is the rock 'n' roll vibe and in its place is more of an homage to men's tailoring. I first spotted Diane Kruger wearing the look a few weeks ago when she wore a checked waistcoat-and-trousers set with a floral blouse underneath and a pair of brown cowboy boots (clearly, she's already prepping her wardrobe for all those great autumn/winter 2019 trends).

Upon further investigation, I noticed that Olivia Palermo had also worn a waistcoat suit with a shirt underneath for the most recent Paris Men's Fashion Week in June. Of course, Alexa Chung, ever the early adopter, had worn a waistcoat-and-trouser set back in 2015, and Victoria Beckham also proved she was a lover of this matchy-matchy look back in 2016.

But 2019's take on the style is all about wearing waistcoats with wider-cut trousers and ensuring it's an oversized version that's left open so everyone can see your chic blouse. The best bit about it is that the high street is already stocking this look, with Zara, Topshop and ASOS offering up variations on the style.

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Diane Kruger

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Style Notes: The outfit that prompted me to start hunting down a similar outfit. The brown shirt, boots and belt are what really brings this look to life. 

Olivia Palermo

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Style Notes: The more ladylike approach is to opt for a bold colour and pair with heels. Try Zara for a similar outfit. 

Alexa Chung

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Style Notes: While Alexa ditched the blouse, there's no reason why you couldn't go with this ensemble for an evening look.

Victoria Beckham

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Style Notes: VB wore this look in 2016, but it still looks chic now. To make it feel more 2019, opt for slightly wider trousers. 

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