How Do I Wear a Waistcoat Without It Looking Like a Costume?

A reader wants to get married in her father’s waistcoat, but she doesn’t want to look too … theatrical.

My fiancée and I are having a very small, vaccinated, Covid-conscientous wedding. She’s wearing a white dress, but I’d like to wear my dad’s custom waistcoat to the reception in his honor. It is pink and gold and features bumble bees. The problem is, when I pair it with a white button-down, I look like some kind of overcommitted amateur Shakespearean actor. How do I style this in a contemporary, elegant way? — Abigail, N.Y.

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