Street Style: The Waistcoat

Street Style: The Waistcoat

Today we’d like to discuss the some-what under-appreciated, an often confused piece of attire; The Waistcoat. Yes! This timeless piece has brought endless layering opportunities to Men’s attire, and has been adorned by many prominent Gentlemen over the centuries. Although they’re not as common on the street as they once were, we’re not willing to let go of them anytime soon! In fact, Giles, a UK Designer, shared this piece regarding the history of the waistcoat, which we found rather interesting…

King Charles II introduced the waistcoat as a part of correct dress during the Restoration of the British monarchy. Samuel Pepys, the diarist, wrote in 7th October 1666 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 proclamation is the first mention of a waistcoat. Pepys records ‘vest’ as the original term. The reason for the term ‘waistcoat’ was to denote the termination at the waist, whereas, at the time, men’s formal coats went well below the waist as frock or morning coats.” – Giles, Bellamonte – Designer, UK

History aside, we love a well groomed chap in a waistcoat and although many link them with formality we say you can have it both ways by just making the addition of jeans and a casual t-shirt. If all of this isn’t convincing you to contact your local tailor, why not let your wardrobes be swayed by these Gentleman found on the streets all buttoned up…


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