While America’s colonial years were filled with new settlements, growing cities, and a revolution, the fashion of the 1700s was imported from overseas. As the United States fought to separate from England, colonial style was adopted from France, the nation that helped young America with its revolution. Men of the 18th century’s colonial years followed French style, wearing decorative and colorful waistcoats as part of their everyday attire. Often lavishly embroidered and crafted from different types of fabric including silk, cotton, brocade, and wool, the waistcoat was a crucial piece of every man’s suiting. 

A man without a waistcoat was often viewed as “undressed” if he stepped out of his home in only a coat or shirt. The colonial waistcoat resembled a stylish vest, hitting the upper part of the thigh in length and opening into an upside-down “V” past the stomach. When boys reached seven or eight years of age, they transitioned from children’s clothing to smaller versions of their fathers’ waistcoats to signal their growth. And throughout the rest of their lives, they donned long vests, or these colonial waistcoats, to signal their style, status, and class.

An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of historical clothing, this colonial period brocade waistcoat is authentic to the men’s attire of 18th century America. Your costume includes a single long red waistcoat crafted from a soft poly/cotton fabric. The waistcoat features ornate gold buttons along the front and two faux front pockets to complete the elegant colonial look. This long colonial vest wraps around and secures closed at the chest, allowing men of any size to easily slip it on and fit comfortably with buttons. Pair this colonial waistcoat with our wide selection of colonial clothing pieces, accessories, and added details to create your very own personalized colonial period costume. 

This high-quality costume colonial waistcoat, or long vest, can be used for a period ball, historical reenactment, masquerade, or simply a fun day of experiencing life during the American Revolution. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this men’s colonial waistcoat long vest is built to last.

Pair with our wide selection of colonial clothing parts and accessories to create your very own personalized colonial period outfit.

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