King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland introduced the quintessential waistcoat to his courtiers and subjects after hearing about it from his ambassadors in Persia. So besotted was the king with the waistcoat that he swore off all other garment choices, going as far as writing off French fashion for Persian.
So what exactly is a waistcoat?
A waistcoat is a type of apparel worn over the upper body. A waistcoat is sleeveless and is a part of the formal attire for the stylish gentleman. In the formal sense, it accompanies the dress shirt, tie, formal trousers and dress shoes combination. A waistcoat is worn over a dress shirt and is fastened with buttons or a clasp.