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Interesting thrift find

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Nataku, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. Nataku

    Nataku Well-Known Member

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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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  2. CoryB

    CoryB Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  3. mendel

    mendel Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  4. Nataku

    Nataku Well-Known Member

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    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).
     
  5. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  6. alliswell

    alliswell Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  7. Dewey

    Dewey Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  8. LabelKing

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    Conductors, pianists, opera galas.
     
  9. stickonatree

    stickonatree Well-Known Member

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    magician sounds like the right job for the coat. the things we sacrifice for clothing!
     
  10. meister

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    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?..[​IMG]
     

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