Waistcoats are one of those clothing items that have been worn since the 15th century and are still popular today.

Waistcoats or ‘vests’, as they were called then, were introduced by Charles II in 1666 to his court and not wearing a waistcoat was quickly considered to be ‘undressed’.

The waistcoat has continued to be worn by everyone from peasants to kings, for not only extra warmth, but as an elaborate item of mens dress to demonstrate wealth.

Tudor jerkin

We offer a huge selection of waistcoats from many periods, from the simple jerkin of the tudor peasant through the fashion eras of the 20th century to present day.

Butler to Ringmaster

We have waistcoats suitable for pantomime, characters, wedding suits, butlers and ringmasters, in velvet, tweed, silk, brocade or paisley.

We have short waistcoats, long waistcoats, buttoned or collared, suitable for many period plays and dramas set in 20th century times.

We hold an enormous variety of waistcoats in stock that are available for hire for ladies, gents and children.

Sequinned waistcoats for Cabaret

Sets of sequinned waistcoats for shows like chorus line or cabaret are available for hire and waistcoats with pictures or loud patterns for character performances.


Whether you need period style waistcoats for butlers or gentry, tweed for gentlemen, loud for impact or plain for a suit, then we will have what you need.

Matching waistcoat sets are also available for chorus and dance groups.


Barber Shop waistcoats

Bright striped waistcoats for ice-cream and pop-corn sellers, corporate events and dance groups are available from our store. We currently have a set of 20 red butcher stripe waistcoats with matching bow ties and straw boaters available for hire in a range of sizes.

Bespoke waistcoats can be made to order including striped waistcoats for Barber Shop quartets and bright waistcoats for children’s groups. For more information on hiring our waistcoats or placing an order, please call 01908 372504.