(Closed) Groom/Groomsmen vest help

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 2
45548 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Emma20130601:  Here’s a link to the wedding with a closeup image of the vests:


In the UK the vest would be variously known as a tweed waistcoat,  Harris Tweed waistcoat , or  Harris Tweed herringbone waistcoat. They can be pricey.


I have been to a couple of weddings where the men wore similar but not matching vests that they bought at thrift or consignment shops. She could also find vintage on Ebay.

Post # 5
45548 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Emma20130601:  You’re welcome. Duncan will probably check in later with his expertise.

Post # 7
3260 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Indeed I will.  In addition to julie’s advice (which is quite correct) it may also be called a country waistcoat.  For vintage ones, here is a good source:


Harris Tweed is material made in a particular town, called (you guessed it) Harris.  It is considered the be all, end all, of tweed.  My understanding is that it is not made there anymore, or very little is still made there, so a true Harris tweed will have to be vintage/second hand.  Some people may still refer to what they’re selling as “Harris Tweeds” whether they are actually Harris or no, like how one might refer to a Prosecco as Champagne.  But, there are many tweeds of quality, not just Harris.  If you’re looking in thrift shops, you may find them attached to tweed suits, or with matching jackets.  If it’s the waistcoat you want, and it’s in good condition, at a thrift store price, just get the whole suit.  Even at a consignment store, you may find them this way for less, or the same, as you’d pay new.  I did this once, nearly 10 years ago, with an brown suit with bell bottoms, because I wanted the vest for a pirate costume.  I’ve worn the suit several times, and used to wear the jacket as a sport coat all the time.

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