I have been having certain perambulations of thought regarding a high collared shirt and cravat, for various functions. Clearly, one cannot wear these items without a proper waistcoat. While I see that Gentlemen's Emporium has a wide selection, I am also concerned with comments I have heard that they are only of "theater quality." One does rather want a quality garment, so I am fielding suggestions on finding a proper waistcoat. One that can be properly tailored, as I currently have quite a bit of waist to fit inside one.
Also, should one expect to buy an entire new suit to look right with a waistcoat? Especially in the case of some of these Victorian look-alikes, one wonders if it would look proper with the cut of a modern two-piece suit.
What do you chaps think? Anyone here wear waistcoats?
If you have some money to spend, I have heard good things about Magnoli Clothiers- this is a tailor who makes made-to-measure suits (and waistcoats), specializing in 1920's-1950's patterns. An example (patterned after the suit worn by Sean Connery in "the Last Crusade") is linked below:
Also, "Fogey Unlimited" of the UK makes some quite nice waiscoats of high quality, these are the standard for a country gentleman: http://www.fogeyunlimited.co.uk/acatalog/copy_of_Brook_Taverner_Wai....
And there's always our good friend Denise at vintage whistles, she can keep an eye out for anything you might want: http://www.vintagewhistles.co.uk/
Remember that a waistcoat may complement or contrast with the jacket- but if it is to complement, it should not be so close in color, pattern, or weave that it should look like a mismatched suit.
A buff, canary, or fawn colored waistcoat is always correct with country tweeds, especially if worn with a hacking jacket.
Also- Bookster comes highly recommended for made-to-measure country tweeds.http://www.tweed-jacket.com/SUITS%20PAGE/suits%20page.htm
Black with gray=good.
Black with navy=not so good.
Black with gravy=delicious