In the 1920s, men’s suits had matching vests. 1920s style men’s vests buttoned up high and had notch lapels, or no lapels by the end of the decade. Most 1920s men’s vests or waistcoats were single breasted, although double breasted vests were trending in the later years. Many working class men weren’t able to afford a three piece suit, so an unmatched vest was worn with a similar shade of trouser. In an effort to be more casual, men in the 1920s started wearing vests without suit jackets.
Pullover knit vests were also worn alone over a shirt for a more casual sporty look. Men’s fair isle knit pullover sweater vests were especially vibrant. An ivory cable knit vest with blue trim were required tennis clothes.
1920s Men’s Vests
Peaky Blinders vests – tweed wool blue, tan or grey vests with matching trousers.
1920s tennis vest – White sweater vests with blue trim for playing tennis or cricket.
1920s fair isle knit vest – a popular knit pattern with golfers or other sports players
Gangster vest – a black or blue pinstripe men’s vest has a gangster look to it.
White formal vest for white tie evening attire had a deep U shape to expose the bib front tuxedo shirt