Vests were originally called waistcoats, in the end of 19th century the word "waistcoat" was definitively replaced by "Vest".
It can be used across all the social levels. They can be worn as a part of the most formal clothing (black tie), they can be worn like a warm layer in harsh conditions, they can be used with some practical use of the pockets, they can be bulletproof. Vests are almost mandatory for the fishermen or hunters. They are really popular among motorcycle riders (well, not only for gang members), they are very common among the fans of certain music genres. They can be made of luxurious fabric like silk, they can be leather, denim, corduroy. And all of them are used with a purpose. As you can see they can be used almost everywhere.
Unlike all the other garments, we know quite well when vests became a part of wardrobe. It happened on October the 7th of the year 1666, when King Charles II of England revealed that he would be launching a new type of fashion piece in men's wear. Since then it developed many ways. Until 1950s it was a must when wearing a suit.
Now we can only choose if we want or don't want to wear a vest. And it is always good to have some possibilities. And we have a huge list of different vests.
As mentioned above, there is a vest for everyone and for any purpose (or without a purpose). Check our selection HERE.
And here there is a bit more inspiration: