This understanding of just how in-demand tailoring is right now made me do a double-take when I saw a chic waistcoat-and-trouser set in Net-a-Porter’s new-arrivals section. When clicking through, I realised the waistcoat—in the sleekest shade of olive green and with a distinctive asymmetric fastening—was from The Frankie Shop, a brand our regular readers will know that Who What Wear has a soft spot for.
With its pared-back designs and minimalistic silhouettes, French label The Frankie Shop has become a Who What Wear go-to for elevated basics. It’s also a brand I wear as much as my bank balance affords me to. The brand has a track record of pieces that sell out at lightning speed, so I knew this waistcoat wouldn’t hang around for long. I added it to my Net-a-Porter wish list and then went to add the matching trousers to it, too. That’s when I realised they’re not just trousers—they’re cargo trousers. And they’re the glossiest pair of cargo trousers I’ve ever seen at that.