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pictures of TWEED WAISTCOATS

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rcoreytaylor, Aug 23, 2012.

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  1. rcoreytaylor

    rcoreytaylor Senior member

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    I've made the decision to buy a proper tweed odd-waistcoat, the only problem is that there are very few pictures floating around the inter-web or "real life" people wearing stylish waistcoats to provide inspiration.

    At first I thought I'd like a full-on country tweed check, then brown herringbone, now navy - i'm sure it'll change again tomorrow! Lapel or no lapel, breast pockets or not? I'm having trouble deciding, so show me your waistcoats boys! This is a call for all tweedsters to strut their stuff!

    Cheers and open the flood gates.........!
     
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    add911_11 Senior member

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    Tweed waistcoats are great for causal layering.

    My ideal style would be single breasted, 4-5 button, two pocket, shawl lapel waistcoat, with point ends.

    The key is to have less button so it looks less formal by showing more.

    I have something that is made like this at the moment.
     
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  3. PTWilliams

    PTWilliams Senior member

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    If you have it made by www.Bookster.com you can get a matching cap. I'm having 3 caps made and was thinking of going for a waistcoat as well, but then decided I could get that at a later time.
     
  4. rcoreytaylor

    rcoreytaylor Senior member

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    I'm thinking that Bookster is perhaps my best bet (I've received some cloth samples already) but I'm still pondering style options.

    Any pics guys?
     
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    TheWraith Senior member

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    Bookster is really good by all reports. I've spoken with them quite a few times and have always gotten excellent service from them.
     
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    Because most "real life people" don't wear stylish waistcoats.
    I wore them years ago with sport coats, but the style basically vanished
    at least in the US with the passing of the Ivy look in the 70s. I can recall
    the Paul Stuart windows in New York which often featured odd vests
    (not tweed) with dressy suits- grey with blue, for example.
     
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    Which we can presume to mean that "real people" aren't terribly stylish! Vests turn a three-season light suit into a year-rounder. They give you the option of an odd vest under a contrasting suit or a British style matching coat and vest over odd trousers. Of course the opposite (matching vest and trousers with odd jacket) is equally stylish. I agree with 911_11's take on the fewer buttons for informality, especially under a tweed (or corduroy) jacket. Y'gotta love 'em.
     
  8. rcoreytaylor

    rcoreytaylor Senior member

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    So then a more versatile waistcoat would look something like: 5 button, 2 pocket, tweed without lapels (although I really like those lapels!)
     
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    There are plenty of examples. But you should really be in the SW&D forum, since its not really MC approved way of dressing.

    I mean have you seen the NYC Tweed run?


    In any case, the pics and the styles are out there. I am a fan of Rugby, and they make some decent tweed waistcoats. Nothing in their current line though, but RRL is better quality and I am pretty sure they have something for you:

    http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/...88158&prodFindSrc=cart&sProdEvar=Shopping+Bag

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    This looks like the Lauren version of a Shooting vest. Not usually worn with a a sport coat.
     
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    It doesn't look like it...it is exactly that. It's not the 'Lauren' version, its the RRL version, big difference.

    Also, OP didn't say he wanted to wear it with a sport coat...


    But I agree, its not a 'proper' waistcoat, its a hunting/shooting type
     
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    There's an "MC approved way of dressing"? I presume your sarcasm is dripping down and flowing across the floor. Approved by whom and who cares?
     
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    I don't know if you realize, but MC is not the forum for wearing something casually. OP wasn't entirely clear about how he planned on wearing it. Most people I encounter who do plan on buying a tweed waistcoat for casual wear do so with denim and khakis. So nothing wrong with advising him to maybe ask the people in the SW&D thread.

    Nonetheless, I still was able to contribute to the thread by giving him a specific product that he may or may not fancy for himself.

    Here's a pic since OP asked:

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    And some more pics:

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    rcoreytaylor Senior member

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    Thanks everyone for your input so far, to clarify; I plan to wear the waistcoat both with an odd jacket key and as well as without a jacket (casual)
     
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    Here are some waistcoat styles:

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    You might consider style details from the models on top right and bottom right.

    The pic illustrated an ASW post on waistcoats a few days ago.
     
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  17. PTWilliams

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    I have been considering ordering a matching Ledbury cap and tweed waistcoat from the fabric pictured below, to be worn without a jacket. I would order lapels because it would not be under a jacket, otherwise being under a jacket the lapels would seem a bit busy. Other than a fabric back, I wasn't considering any other options (i.e. fancier pockets). It my understanding that you need to be careful about the length, because it should show neither the belt or shirt (like the RRL waistcoat pictured above, not the pictures above it.).
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  18. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I found a tweed vest hard to pair with a sport jacket. Instead, I went for a tobacco colored suede vest to wear under tweed and corduroy jackets. It also pairs well with khaki, flannel or corduroy pants. I prefer a vest with lapels and four pockets. I like the extra detail.

    I have considered a tweed vest recently but probably to wear only on it's own. In that case, the back of the vest becomes very important. The cinch is easy, but what do you do for the material or color? It is easy of you can get a silk that is a match to the tweed. If not, it becomes a bit problematic. But, sometimes, contrast can be interesting, but it is a challenge to pull off.
     
  19. mack11211

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    If you are wearing the vest on its own, you might consider a back of the same tweed.

    One more lightweight option is Irish linen, which backs one of my Irish tweed vests. In this case, the bluish gray tweed has a darkish green linen back, which coordinates nicely.
     
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    Horrible sizing.
     

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