A Heritage Costumes Exclusive.

 

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, or even young boy, 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.

An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of historical clothing, this colonial period waistcoat is authentic to the boys’ attire of 18th century America. Your costume includes a single creme colored waistcoat. At the neck of the waistcoat is an attached lace jabot to complete the elegant colonial look. This waistcoat is backless, allowing children to easily slip it on and fit comfortably with no need for zippers or 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 can be used for colonial-themed school events, a history lesson, or simply a fun day of experiencing life as a colonial boy during the 1700s. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this colonial waistcoat is built to last.