A waistcoat (U.S. = vest) is a sleeveless upper-body garment. It is worn over a dress shirt and necktie, and below a coat as a part of most men's formal wear. It is the third piece of the three-piece male suit.
As an item of clothing, the waistcoat has the advantage that if the jacket is taken off indoors, the outfit still keeps a degree of formality.
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- Gavenas, Mary Lisa (2008). Encyclopedia of Menswear. New York: Fairchild. p. 379. .