ENGLAND manager Gareth Southgate's dapper style is grabbing as much attention as his players' prowess on the pitch.

Gareth's penchant for waistcoats is seeing a resurgence in the sleeveless garments and now high street retailer, Marks & Spencer, is encouraging the nation to support the team by wearing waistcoats on "#waistcoatwednesday" as a nod to his stylish attire.

The Three Lions manager has sported a navy blue Marks & Spencer one throughout England's run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, which has led to increased sales and more Google searches for the item back home.

M&S said waistcoat sales had doubled since the tournament began on June 14, with website searches up by over 100%.

Philip Atkinson, director of Eric Spencer fine menswear and ladieswear retailer in Church Street, Ilkley, who is sporting his waistcoat in honour of 'Waistcoat Wednesday,' says they have sold about half a dozen extra waistcoats on the back of Gareth's dapper style.

He says while he wouldn't normally wear his waistcoat for work, he was keen to support 'Waistcoat Wednesday' and has been promoting it through social media.

Philip says Gareth's tailored look is a real boost for the industry. "He has done wonders with this style and if we can get back to this classic tailoring it will do the suit trade a lot of good."

Roger Meeke, retail sales director for Keighley-based Brook Taverner, designer and manufacturer of high quality menswear and corporate wear who already sell plenty of waistcoats, are also profiling 'Waistcoat Wednesday' through social media.

England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi final this evening and fans are keeping their fingers crossed that the team make it through to Sunday's final at 4pm.

Let us know if you are joining in "#waistcoatwednesday" and email your photos to newsdesk@telegraphandargus.co.uk.