What Is a Waistcoat?

A waistcoat is a sleeveless upper-body garment that is usually worn over a dress shirt and necktie.

It is worn below a coat as a part of most men’s formal wear.

It is also be worn as the third piece in the traditional three-piece male lounge suit.

It’s a common garment worn for a wedding.

Key Points

  • The waistcoat originated in Persia and became extremely fashionable in the middle of the seventeenth century.
  • The waistcoat was designed to discourage the use of lavish materials by covering much of the body in material.
  • Nowadays waistcoats are seldom worn, except by a groom who is getting married
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