A prom waistcoat is stylish and smart. Dressing up for this occasion is a must. You have worked hard during term time and now it’s time to party.
At Waistcoats Direct, we have many prom waistcoat styles to choose from : embroidered, plain, silk, brocade or satin.
Surprisingly, the waistcoat is one of the rare pieces of clothing whose origin historians can date precisely. King Charles II introduced the waistcoat as a part of correct dress during the Restoration of the British monarchy. Samuel Pepys, the diarist, wrote in 7th October 1666 that “the King hath yesterday in council declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes which he will never alter. It will be a vest, I know not well how”. This royal proclamation is the first mention of a waistcoat. Pepys records ‘vest’ as the original term. The reason for the term ‘waistcoat’ was to denote the termination at the waist, whereas, at the time, men’s formal coats went well below the waist as frock or morning coats.
Here are some brief notes on typical waistcoat styles throughout past decades
1990 – Waistcoats were cut large, collarless, single-breasted with welt pockets in silk, brocade & demin
From formal to flamboyant, waistcoats are garments that create very different messages about the wearer. The choice of a different waistcoat can reflect a different mood and a change of scene.