Waistcoat, circa 1734 via The Victoria & Albert Museum. When the waistcoat was introduced in the late 17th century, almost all were sleeved. As the 18th century progressed and coat sleeves became tighter, waistcoats became sleeveless for ease of movement. The inclusion of sleeves on this example suggests that it was a more formal garment, and allows the wearer to show off its lavish fabric at the cuffs.
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Suit 1740-1760 The Metropolitan Museum of Art The 18th century; when it was not only common but fashionable for men to deck themselves out in pastels, lace, spangles, wigs, cosmetics, and high heels. “This suit is the epitome of mid-18th century men’s wear with its curved jacket front, fitted breeches, narrow sleeves and decorative mid-thigh length waistcoat. Waistcoats of the time were a vehicle for imagination and, in this case, add an ornate aspect to an otherwise conservative ensemble. The u