As one of the standard items required to be a fully dressed man in the 18th century, making the appropriate choice is important. This particular length of waistcoat comes into men's fashion during the 1760s, at the end of the French & Indian War and prior to the American Revolution. The solid middle-weight wool in any of the three colors is appropriate for anywhere in the middle-class impression. In other words, the average working-class person would be able to wear this waistcoat. The cotton lining is durable and the gas back buttons cut a fine line down the front of the torso and adorn both of the working pockets. Wear this over a white linen-cotton shirt and under a coat or jacket to complete the ensemble as a gentleman.
To accurately measure for a 1760s waistcoat, wearing an 18th-century shirt or a regular T-shirt, take a fabric tape measure around the middle of the chest and round up to the next inch. Also, measure around the widest part of your abdomen. If this number is larger please contact us for sizing help and suggestions.
For example: If your chest measures 44.5 inches, order a size 46. If your chest measures 44 inches exactly, you would order a size 44.
FIT: For a correct 18th-century style, if it buttons, it fits. While the shirts are large and flowy, the waistcoats are snug to the body. As long as you can button the buttons, it should be snug.
So far I've had no issues, the opposite in fact! I get lots of compliments on it! I wear mine pretty casually, it's very nice for layering in the cold. Got mine in red. Before purchasing I didn't think I'd like it as much as I do, considering getting a whole outfit together from the same/similar time period now!
My initial order was for a size based on my other clothes and information on the website. It fit; but, just a bit too snug. I felt the buttons could pop if I wore it after the Christmas meal. I was hesitant about doing an exchange; but, every contact was friendly and helpful in getting it all taken care of. They quickly turned the order around ( once they received the return ) and I got the new order without issue. The vest is a quality piece, seems very sturdy, and got high praise when I wore it.