Before I delve into today's topic, gentleman's waistcoats or vests, and what they have contributed to the menswear part of the Attire language, just a few notes. I am back from break and feeling refreshed. That said, I have had to realize that the pace with which I've been posting here has simply been too great, and that I have been, to a degree overextending myself both physically, and otherwise, to make it happen. Its all because there is so much I wish to relate, and so much that I feel is of interest. But moving forward, the amount of posting here is going to slow a bit. I won't be posting to this version of Attire's Mind every day, but certainly 3-4 times per week.
With that out of the way, onward!
Waistcoats also began their primacy as knee length garments with rather full, somewhat conical skirts. By the end of the 1700s the waistcoat would be waist length, never again dropping past that point.