18th Century Men in Waistcoats

Last updated: Nov 27, 2021

Men occasionally are depicted wearing a sleeveless waistcoat without a coat over it, especially when actively engaged in physical labor or play. It’s also possible that what we interpret as men’s jackets would have been considered to be sleeved waistcoats.

Boys are sometimes depicted in their waistcoats when actively playing – climbing a tree, flying a kite, chasing a hoop, spinning a top, building a house of cards, bothering an old lady, etc.