It’s time to GET WAISTED

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IT’S FAIR TO say that this World Cup has not been short of twists and turns. But has any­thing been quite as sur­pris­ing as the emer­gence of Gareth South­gate: Style Icon? Se­ri­ously.

The England man­ager ( be­low) has ditched pitch-side track­suits for a debonair three-piece suit – part wed­ding usher, part Tommy Shelby – with his waist­coat at­tract­ing a fan­base of its own. And like all good in­flu­encers, Gareth’s got sell­ing power. Marks & Spencer re­ports that sales of waist­coats are up 35% as a re­sult of the ‘South­gate ef­fect’.

Foot­ball, of course, is typ­i­cally a land awash with flashy rather than chic style state­ments. But the waist­coat has also been given the high­est fash­ion seal of ap­proval, slink­ing into col­lec­tions from Parisian pow­er­houses like Louis Vuit­ton and Cé­line. Could it be the cool girl’s sum­mer 2018 al­ter­na­tive to a tux? Per­haps so if you cast your eyes to a very dif­fer­ent type of ter­race, at an el­e­gant gar­den party hosted by Match­es­fash­ion.com, dur­ing the Paris cou­ture shows last week. There to cel­e­brate the launch of her new tai­lor­ing cap­sule for Pal­las, Claire Thom­son-jonville was mak­ing a con­vinc­ing case for the waist­coat. ‘It’s al­ways an ob­ses­sion of mine, and felt right for now,’ she said, wear­ing a slate grey ver­sion with match­ing tai­lored trousers from the next col­lec­tion. ‘I loved all those iconic Kate Moss looks from the ’90s where she’s wear­ing a waist­coat on bare skin with bed­head hair.’ And how to wear? Team with tai­lored trousers and noth­ing un­der­neath for a mod­ern take on af­ter-dark, or with boy­ish shorts and flats for day. ‘Clas­sic tom­boy cool and perfect for a min­i­mal chic look for sum­mer,’ says Claire. It might just be your wardrobe’s next star player.

Be­low: clas­sic ’90s Kate at Glas­ton­bury

£39, Top­shop (top­shop.com)

£940, Chloé (chloe.com)

£70, Week­day (week­day.com)

£135, Ar­ket (ar­ket.com)

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