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Men's Waistcoats From Old To Our Times

Thursday, 13 August 2009

men waistcoatsThe men's waistcoats first were designed as the men's suit item, yet it was not called a waistcoat then.  In XVII the first original classic waistcoat was designed with long sleeves and rather long flaps as the undergarment to the suit for everyday use. Such suits were always seen in the wardrobe of the respected and noble gentleman in Europe. This undergarment was manufactured off the same fabric as the traditional suit. And only hundreds years later the waistcoat gets out of the sleeves and got shorter in length. It was no more practical garment to the suit; it became a separate garment that could be worn as the accessory item. And such luxury fabrics were offered for waistcoats as brocade, cashmere, velvet with buttons from precious gems.

Trendy garments for men are always more conservative as compared with those for women when talking about clothing for everyday use not for runways. And perhaps this is the reason why men's suits today are more attracted with the wear from old times, sometimes keeping to them strongly but sometimes changing a little bit.

There is still too little information on the origin and mother place of the waistcoat though France is considered as one of the possible places to give birth to the waistcoat. The first person who launched the first tailored waistcoat was known as Gilet according to the popular belief.

When the waistcoat won the hearts of the men in France, it was considered as the worst garment in Russia. The historians take the view that Paul I, emperor of Russia, announced the waistcoat as the reason for the French revolution and it was forbidden to wear there.

Though the waistcoats were used as the undergarment to the suit, they could also be functional, particularly in the winter when guys could keep the chill from their tummies and backs in the most elegant of manners.

In the early XX the waistcoat is still in the men's suit though sooner it loses its fame. The fact was partly caused by the central heating system installed in houses when people refused wearing abundant clothing. They preferred other suits and costumes, not that official but the same elegant, and that was the time when waistcoats were forgotten. The costume with the waistcoat as the fashion item was launched again in ‘60s though these garments were fairly expensive to acquire and in most cases were tailored.

Modern vs. Classic trends

The waistcoat is definitely a complicated piece of clothes of men and it should sit perfectly. Should the waistcoat sits wrongly, it will spoil the whole impression of the image when bristling triangle flaps, folds created on the back of the waistcoat, the puffy look from the front and lower buttons undone create the image that is not perfectly designed and made but not on the poor taste of the man.

Traditional men's waistcoat should go over the waist band. When the belt, or a belt buckle or the shirts are seen down the waistcoat, it is bad manners. The good quality waistcoat does not squeeze in the chest to feel uncomfortable or stiff, yet it should be tight in the waistline. As the part of the men's suit, the waistcoat should be seen slightly from behind the jacket.

Currently the waistcoats are launched as trendy fashion items with luxury leather trimming. The waistcoat over the shirt makes a man look slimmer and attractive drawing attention to the bearer. Trendy waistcoat is in use by men for everyday use, just changing colors, patterns or unique design of buttons. The waistcoat is one of the favorite accessories of creative people who make them functional using for warmth and glamorous for eveningwear.

Not every single piece of clothes can be named as the waistcoat. The knitted clothing without sleeves can be named as cardigan whereas the waistcoat keeps its cut and design to be called like this in spite of some slight deviation from traditions.

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