Q-KIPEDIA: WAISTCOATS

Q-KIPEDIA: WAISTCOATS

February 18, 2020

HISTORY

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.

Originally, during the 17th and 18th centuries, the fashion in waistcoat was for highly ornate items in bright colours, but this gradually gave way to a much more informal and even puritanical style in the late 1700s and into the 19th century.

Partly this was due to the international influence of the distinctly anti-aristocratic French Revolution in 1789.

 

Contemporary - Current Times

There are many ways to design a waistcoat, each design giving it a different style and vibes. 

1) Single or Double breasted? 

Single breasted waistcoatdouble breasted waistcoat

2) How many buttons? This is will determine how deep the gauge (the height from your neck to the top of your waistcoat).

double breasted waistcoat4 button waistcoat

 

3) Fabrics? Suit fabric or contrast? Formal or Informal?

single breasted waistcoat

4) Flat or with Lapel? If lapel, Notch, Peak or Shawl?

lapel waistcoatlapel waistcoatlapel waistcoat

Lastly, we have the creative designed waistcoat that does not follow the single or double standard button placements. 

Avante Garde waistcoatAvante Garde waistcoat

Be creative, fun and free in designing your waistcoats! Cheers everybody!

 

 

 

 

 



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Sizing Chart
SHIRT SIZING

Size

Chest (Shirt) Chest (Body) Collar Shoulder Sleeve Length
46 40" / 102cm 36" / 91cm 15" / 38cm 17" / 43cm 25" / 63.5cm 28.5" / 72cm
48 42" / 107cm 38" / 96.5cm 15.5" / 39.5cm 17.5" / 44.5cm 25.5" / 65cm 29" / 73.5cm
50 44" / 112cm 40" / 102cm 16" / 40.5cm 18" / 45.5cm 26" / 66cm 29.5" / 75cm
52 46" / 117cm 42" / 107cm 16.5" / 42cm 18.5" / 47cm 26.5" / 67.3cm 30" / 76cm
54 48" / 122cm 44" / 112cm 17" / 43.2cm 19" / 48cm 27" / 68.5cm 30.5" / 77.5cm
56 50" / 127cm 46" / 117cm 17.5" / 44.5cm 19.5" / 49.5cm 27.5" / 70cm 31" / 78.5cm