The waistcoat is thought to date from the 17th century, following King Charles II's trip to Persia, but the most interesting fact is that at that time waistcoats included sleeves and reached down to the knee. It wasn't until the 18th century when the shape changed, shortening to its current height and losing the sleeves. Men's formal waistcoats are a tailored item that makes the wearer stand out from the crowd. Traditionally made from the same fabric as the suit, they mean the jacket can be worn open while still covering the shirt, which is a good way to show them off. Choose the waistcoat that goes with your suit from our selection and enjoy the way it flatters your figure.