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post #1 of 10
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It was 1/2 off all clothes day at the local Goodwill due to some back-to-school sale. Spotted this really cool black waistcoat amongst a bunch of suits. Surprisingly, it actually fits! I'm 6'1 and 195lbs so a lot of vintage stuff doesn't fit me....so I was quite pleased. No moth holes, stains....nothing. Minor discoloration in the pits but no rips! The buttons have a cool leaf print on them. All the buttons are there and in great condtion. Black silk lining. The quality is amazing on this jacket! Came from J.Frank Burrows in Duluth, Minn. Dated Jan. 21, 1909. Paid $2.50 for it!
I like it a lot, but am not exactly sure what I'd want to wear it with. Of course a vest and a button-down shirt.....but I was thinking perhaps a pair of cream pinstriped trousers or some slim flat-front black trousers. What do you think?





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post #2 of 10
That is not a waistcoat it is a stroller. Nonetheless a cool find, but I'm not sure where one would find an chance to wear it save for a formal wedding.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by CoryB View Post
That is not a waistcoat it is a stroller. Nonetheless a cool find, but I'm not sure where one would find an chance to wear it save for a formal wedding.

Owning something like that is a great excuse to seek opportunities to wear it! Besides, someone on here recently mentioned that they were about to wear a stroller to their graduation (or matriculation?) ceremony.
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by CoryB View Post
That is not a waistcoat it is a stroller. Nonetheless a cool find, but I'm not sure where one would find an chance to wear it save for a formal wedding.


Ah. I'm not too familiar with pre 1920's dress. When and what for was a stroller worn? I thought it was a waistcoat because the front ends at the waist. Anyway, yeah.....I'm definately saving this for my wedding (I'm engaged, so I'm 1/2 way there).
post #5 of 10
Uh...pardon me for butting in, but that's neither a waistcoat NOR a stroller. It is a formal tailcoat. For wearing with formal black trousers, formal winged collar shirt, white cotton waistcoat (a waistcoat is a vest), white bow tie and opera pumps. Best worn today to diplomatic receptions, debutente balls or state dinners. Looks very nice.

Edit: For more information on formal clothes and their uses, go here:
http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/T...DINGATTIRE.htm

or here:
http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=7058
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Mark from Plano View Post
Uh...pardon me for butting in, but that's neither a waistcoat NOR a stroller. It is a formal tailcoat. For wearing with formal black trousers, formal winged collar shirt, white cotton waistcoat, white bow tie and opera pumps. Best worn today to diplomatic receptions, debutente balls or state dinners. Looks very nice

Or on-stage for musical performances:

University Glee Club of New York
post #7 of 10
Very cool coat. Start going to lots of weddings.

Join a theater group. Do magic shows. Or get a job as a butler, and you could wear it every day.

When I worked odd catering jobs for big one-day paychecks in college, I found that it was much easier to work as the valet (and make tips) if I dressed appropriately. So I'd say you could also probably stand outside a very expensive restaurant and people, mistaking you for the valet, would hand you your car keys. You could get some nice cars. Or at least some decent tips.
post #8 of 10
Conductors, pianists, opera galas.
post #9 of 10
magician sounds like the right job for the coat. the things we sacrifice for clothing!
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Mark from Plano View Post
Uh...pardon me for butting in, but that's neither a waistcoat NOR a stroller. It is a formal tailcoat. For wearing with formal black trousers, formal winged collar shirt, white cotton waistcoat (a waistcoat is a vest), white bow tie and opera pumps. Best worn today to diplomatic receptions, debutente balls or state dinners. Looks very nice.

Edit: For more information on formal clothes and their uses, go here:
http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/T...DINGATTIRE.htm

or here:
http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?t=7058

Or imminent weddings?..
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