Vests and Waistcoats
The waistcoat or vest is a sleeveless upper body garment typically worn over a business or formal dress shirt and underneath the jacket of a three-piece suit. Traditionally reserved for the more formal occasions like weddings the waistcoat or vest is making a comeback and is now regularly seen in less formal settings. Today you will often spot a waistcoat or vest at the local bar as a somewhat dressier alternative to the usual t-shirt and jeans.
Prior to the appearance of the wrist watch the waistcoat or vest also provided a convenient location for the gentleman to store his pocket watch, which attached to a chain (that was then affixed to the waist band) and was carried in one of two pockets sewn into either side of the coat. Due to the high visibility of the chain it soon became a fashion icon itself, and the trend continues in many iterations of the waistcoat or vest to this day – although not as common as in times past.
The name waistcoat derives from the cut of the coat which ends at the waist. In a more traditional setting the waistcoat or vest is cut from the same material as the jacket and pants of a three-piece suit.
However, with the growing trend of matching a waistcoat or vest to a number of different outfits to suit a variety of events the waistcoat or vest has become an essential accessory for today’s fashion conscious man.
The versatility of the waistcoat or vest means that it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. They look great over a t-shirt for drinks with friends, or adding that finishing touch to more formal business attire. But whatever your reasons for wearing a waistcoat or vest you’re no doubt wearing it to make a statement, especially if it is a bespoke waistcoat or vest that will fit perfectly.
A quality waistcoat or vest reflects your personality and your impeccable taste for style. For this type of statement to be the most effective you need to go beyond the usual store bought fare and go for a waistcoat or vest design that is custom fitted to your body and designed to your specifications.
At Germanicos we have only the most talented and experienced tailors using the finest weaves from the best mills around the world. We consult with you to create a custom waistcoat that is uniquely you. With over 4,000 fabrics in the Germanicos range we can tailor whatever style you decide on, with our tailor made experience and expertise we are sure we will help you create the impression you’re looking for.