Incorporate a Waistcoat to Your Style

Waistcoats are great pieces to add to your wardrobe. When in a pinch and need to add some spice to your ensembler? Throw on a waistcoat. You can do no wrong just as long as your shoes match. Sometimes men will steer away from adding masculine touches to their outfits; waistcoats, leather suspenders, ties, etcetera. These simple additions can really turn your style around, and it’s unfortunate that they are oftentimes forgotten as options. When people think of waistcoats they think of black tie events, weddings, prom, or other occasions where formal wear is required. Waistcoats shouldn’t be reserved strictly for formal occasions, on the contrary, they can and should be used as casual additions. Not only do they tie an outfit together, but the added masculinity amplifies the attractiveness of the outfit as well.

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A Short History of the Waistcoat

Men’s waistcoats have been a fashion statement since the 1800s, beginning originally as an adorning “vest.” It was seen as an addition with ornate decoration, often made in bright fabrics. After the French and Industrial Revolutions, ornamentation was a thing of the past, and waistcoats began to be tailed for a more fitted look. Instead of bright fabrics, the look was toned down for colors that matched more daily, casual, or business occasions. Oftentimes paired with similarly colored trousers and a jacket. Men’s waistcoats began to be considered just a necessary piece of an outfit, not the accessory that completed an outfit. By the 1900s the waistcoat became a key part of business dress. Dressing to impress included a waistcoat, or a gentleman might have just seemed lazy. However, the late 1900s shifted the idea of the waistcoat from required to optional, making it a second thought of a piece.

Why One Should Be In Your Closet

While a men’s waistcoat can be optional to your ensemble, it is still a timeless classic. Anyone, man or woman, who enjoys wearing a sharp suit should consider adding a waistcoat as an option in their closet. Formal occasions, a simple business day, or even as a way to add an edge to a casual outfit, a waistcoat can go a long way.

Contact Sheehan & Company for Questions or Orders

Sheehan & Co offers waistcoats in a variety of materials and styles; pinstripe, plaid, canvas, lambskin, and tweed are a few examples. For questions about sizing or order, contact Sheehan & Co. by calling (855) 223 – 3277. Or feel free to fill to email