Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Size guide Only a few left in stock. And jacket with vest in the same pattern, plus odd trousers. Double breasted waistcoats are rare compared to single. The much larger expanse of shirt compared to a daytime waistcoat allows more variety of form, with "U" or "V" shapes possible, and there is large choice of outlines for the tips, ranging from pointed to flat or rounded.
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White muscle fit short sleeve button-up shirt. Navy textured skinny fit shirt. Are waistcoats still a viable addition to your wardrobe or are they underrated for a reason? How would you incorporate them into your wardrobe? Did you actually like The Fratellis? Get all the latest must-read FashionBeans content direct to your inbox weekly:. See all the latest vouchers, discount codes and offers from all your favourite stores for October By Matt Allinson 25 February The Waistcoat The waistcoat is capable of transcending social situations and dress codes, yet gives you enough room to experiment with layers and remain stylish.
Getting It Right Firstly, fit is king as always. Contrast Tailoring — as soon as the temperature starts to dip, I start to break out the heavy duty suits in flannel and tweed. Waistcoats should be no different.
Try and add emphasis to your waistcoat by wearing one in a contrast colour to the suit or blazer that you have on. I like to pair a grey or brown tweed version with my navy flannel suit during the cold months.
Think Texture — another simple trick is to pair it with pieces of a similar texture. Tweeds and corduroys go perfectly with denim and other wools, so why not try a waistcoat on with your favourite pair of jeans and a flannel plaid shirt in a complementing colour? Alternatively, flip it over and wear it with some grey tweed trousers and a chambray shirt.
I also love to layer a denim jacket over my waistcoat to create a play on textures and tone. The waistcoat is one of the few articles of clothing whose origin historians can date precisely.
King Charles II of England , Scotland and Ireland introduced the waistcoat as a part of correct dress after the Restoration of the British monarchy in It was derived from the Persian vests seen by English visitors to the court of Shah Abbas.
He was an Englishman who had been a traveller in Persia for years. A certain similar type of vest has also been worn by the Indians, named Bandi jacket. John Evelyn wrote about waistcoats on October 18, Samuel Pepys , the diarist and civil servant, wrote in October that "the King hath yesterday in council declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes which he will never alter.
It will be a vest, I know not well how". This royal decree provided the first mention of the waistcoat. Pepys records "vest" as the original term; the word "waistcoat" derives from the cutting of the coat at waist-level, since at the time of the coining, tailors cut men's formal coats well below the waist see dress coat.
An alternative theory is that, as material was left over from the tailoring of a two-piece suit, it was fashioned into a "waste-coat" to avoid that material being wasted, although recent academic debate has cast doubt on this theory. During the seventeenth century, troops of the regular army — and to some degree also local militia — wore waistcoats which were the reverse colour of their overcoats. It is believed that these were made by turning old worn-out standard issue overcoats inside-out so that the lining colour appeared on the outside and removing the sleeves.
The term "waistcoat" might therefore also be derived from the wastage of the old coat. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, men often wore elaborate and brightly coloured waistcoats, until changing fashions in the nineteenth century narrowed this to a more restricted palette, and the development of lounge suits began the period of matching informal waistcoats. After the French Revolution of , anti-aristocratic sentiment in France and elsewhere in Europe influenced the wardrobes of both men and women, and waistcoats followed, becoming much less elaborate.
After about the fit of the waistcoat became shorter and tighter, becoming much more secondary to the frock-coat overcoat and almost counting as an undergarment, although its popularity was larger than ever. With the new dandyism of the early 19th century, the waistcoat started to change roles, moving away from its function as the centrepiece of the visual aspect of male clothing, towards serving as a foundation garment , often with figure-enhancing abilities.
From the s onwards, elite gentlemen—at least those among the more fashionable circles, especially the younger set and the military —wore corsets. The waistcoat served to emphasize the new popularity of the cinched-in waist for males, and became skin-tight, with the overcoat cut to emphasize the figure: Without a corset, a man's waistcoat often had whalebone stiffeners and were laced in the back, with reinforced buttons up the front, so that one could pull the lacings in tight to mould the waist into the fashionable silhouette.
Prince Albert , husband of Queen Victoria , had a reputation for his tight corsets and tiny waist; and although he lacked popularity during his early reign, men followed his style , and waistcoats became even more restrictive.
This fashion remained throughout the 19th century, although after about the style changed from that of a corseted look to a straighter line, with less restriction at the waist, so that the waistcoat followed a straighter line up the torso. Toward the end of the century, the Edwardian look made a larger physique more popular— Edward VII having a large figure. Waistcoats have also become popular within the indie and steampunk subcultures in the United States.
Although not related to formal wear, a type of waistcoat have also been used as part of workers uniforms, such as at Walmart prior to ,  and also as high visibility clothing usually bright " safety orange " color.
Your Guide to Wearing a Waistcoat. For work, weddings, dinners and other formal occasions, a matching three-piece suit in black, navy or grey is the rule of thumb. Luckily, rules were made to be broken and you can now mix and match your colours as you please. It may seem like a simple combination but with so many varieties it can get a bit overwhelming. Check out our definitive guide on how to wear a grey suit with a black waistcoat. Check out more How T o Wear It guides. They’re both classic suit pieces, and stick to the neutral colour chart, so. Aug 20, · Black suit, black tie, white shirt, and a brightly colored brocade waistcoat. The first thing that comes to mind, is the Old West gunslinger/riverboat gambler look. (think Kurt Russel, and Sam Elliott, in Tombstone).