The Southgate effect: waistcoats have never been cooler

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The England manager has sparked a nationwide trend for smartening up this summer. Here are three pieces to help you get in on the act

Last night, 22 years of the penalty curse was lifted, sparking a nationwide celebration as England beat Columbia to a place in the football World Cup quarter-finals. Moreover, England Manager (and Jackal interviewee) Gareth Southgate has sent the entire country into waistcoat-wearing frenzy. Southgate’s now closer than any England manager has been in years to attaining national hero status, making him by extension something of a sartorial poster-boy, too.

It’s a well-known fact that Marks & Spencer make the England team’s suits – and the retail giant can’t keep Southgate’s in stock. Even in the current heatwave, it seems that Englishmen up and down the land are showing their support for their Three Lions with a smart tailored waistcoat – jolly good show, too.

If, like us, you’re pleased to see the humble waistcoat making a return, we’ve found three summery pieces that stand out from the crowd. Treat these as mixer waistcoats and layer beneath sharp navy or tan summer suits, or simply pair with some lightweight pleated trousers for a crisp smart casual look. Either way, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re in on the trend – and supporting the Three Lions into the bargain.

Favourbrook dress waistcoatFavourbrook dusty pink linen double-breasted waistcoat

The double-breasted mixer waistcoat is a sure-fire way to make a statement at a summer wedding. In a chic shade of dusty pink, with its sleek shawl lapels and smoked mother of pearl buttons, this piece looks perfect beneath a crisp midnight blue mohair suit.

£220, shop now

New & Lingwood powder blue herringbone waistcoat

True to form, this herringbone waistcoat from Jermyn Street outfitter New & Lingwood isn’t for the faint hearted. In soft powder blue with a soft texture and fruity printed lining, it’s just the thing to lift a classic tailored look. It’s cut from a superb cloth, too; a luxurious blend of cashmere, wool and silk, woven in Somerset by Marlin & Evans. For a crisp look, pair with cream tailored trousers or smart beige chinos, a soft white button-down shirt and sober knitted navy tie.

£195, (from £295), shop now

Chester Barrie mixer waistcoatChester Barrie cream wool mixer waistcoat

The lightweight cream waistcoat is a true sartorial classic. Chester Barrie’s is cut in a fine plainweave wool that breathes comfortably in the heat. With slim notched lapels, a champagne coloured lining and elegant buff horn buttons, this is a bit of a treat. It’s surprisingly versatile to wear; layer it beneath everything from a dove-grey fresco two-piece suit, to a tobacco linen sports jacket worn with a sky blue poplin shirt and crisp pressed navy trousers.

£93, (from £155), shop now