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A fashionable waistcoat which also has a lapel. Classification: Business Casual.

Waistcoats for Sample

A waistcoat (also known as a vest) is a sleeveless upper-body garment that is worn over a dress shirt. It is worn snuggly against the body and can be the third piece of a three-piece business suit. Once virtually a mandatory article of men's clothing, the waistcoat is mainly seen as a fashionable garment that regularly comes into fashion. When placed over pants and a shirt a waistcoat instantly elevates the dressiness of an outfit. Classification: Business, Business Casual.


Vests originate in Persia and have been worn in a similar style by men for over 300 hundred years. In the 1900s, the vest was worn in wintertime under single-breasted suits more for the practical reason of keeping out the cold rather than for fashion or formality. These vests were in the same fabric as the suit.

Vests come in and out of fashion regularly, but they never go out of style. They lend a certain air of authority to suits, but there are a few rules that should not be broken:

  • Vests should fit snugly like a second skin, but not so tight that you can't breathe.
  • A vest should only be worn with a single-breasted jacket.
  • The vest must be long enough to just cover the waistband. For a smooth look, pants worn under the vest should be worn with suspenders rather than a belt.
  • The bottom button should not be fastened.
  • Vests should not be worn unbuttoned.

Why do you leave the bottom button open. history states that yo leave the bottom button of a vest and a suit jacket unbuttoned because the tradition dates back to King Edward VII from the early 1900s. He simply unbuttoned the bottom of his waistcoat because he was too fat and to make him feel better, everyone followed suit.