Special Sub-Topic: It Was the Vest of Times
|In a three-piece suit, there are the pants/trousers, the jacket/overcoat, and the final piece. This piece, worn below the jacket/overcoat, is called the vest in the US and in Canada, and called what in Britain and many other countries?|
Waistcoat. A vest can be many different garments, but in this case, the vest, or waistcoat, is the undergarment of a three-piece suit. Typically, a three-piece suit is worn to formal affairs, usually with a dress shirt and tie to go with it. Usually the three pieces are identical in fabric and design. The most common way to wear a three-piece suit is with the vest/waistcoat buttoned, except the bottom one or two buttons, and the suit jacket/overcoat to be unbuttoned.
|A T-shirt or sleeveless top that is usually white and worn below the clothes is known as a vest in the United Kingdom, and as an undershirt in the US and Canada. What is it called in Australia and Asia?|
Singlet. Vests/undershirts/singlets are shirts typically worn under the clothes (thus the "undershirt" in the US and Canada). They are used to provide extra warmth, or to prevent perspiration from showing through, among many other reasons.
|These vests, which may also be called pullovers or tanktops, are sleeveless garments worn usually over a T-shirt or dress shirt. They can be all sorts of colors, like black, brown, gray, and many forms of argyle, and have a V neckline. What are these vests called?|
Sweater vest. A sweater vest is usually worn over another shirt, and sometimes under a jacket or other garment. A sweater vest commonly has an argyle pattern, which is a checkerboard pattern in diamonds.
|This garment is called a vest in Indian English and an undershirt in American English. However, it was also a garment worn in the 18th century, with Persian and Asian influences. What garment might this be?|
Banyan. The banyan was a nightgown type outfit worn by men of the 18th century. It resembled a kimono, and was a cotton, linen, or silk gown worn informally or as a dressing gown. It was also called a morning gown, nightgown, and robe de chambre. In modern times, however, a banyan is simply a vest/undershirt.
|This vest was invented by a woman. It serves as protection for police officers; they wear it to protect their chest from being shot. What vest might this be?|
Bullet-proof vest. A bullet-proof vest, also called a ballistic vest or a bullet-resistant vest, protects police officers, soldiers, and the like, from firearms and debris flying from an explosion. It protects the main organ of the body; the heart.
|This vest is commonly worn by bikers and punks. It is also known as a battle jacket in the extreme metal world. What kind of vest might this be?|
Kutte. Kutten (plural of kutte) began as a biker's vest, but became popular in the punk genre, more specifically in the crust punk genre. Now, kutten are different between the bikers', punks' and metals' worlds. Some believe the word "kutten" means "cut-off", because a kutte is a regular jacket with the arms ripped off, similar to "cut-off jeans".
|A men's jacket, which is close-fitting and usually sleeveless, is most often made with light colored leather. It was commonly worn over a doublet in the 16th and 17th centuries. Which "rude" garment might this be?|
Jerkin. The Dutch word "jurk" means child's frock, which many believe to be the origin of the word "jerkin". The jerkin was very close-fitting, and worn close to the neck, and usually buttoned down, open at the bottom. It showed off a man's "slender" figure in the 1500s and 1600s.
|Which vest is often paired with a hat adorned in jigs or plugs, thick pants, and boots, often galoshes, and has many pockets on it to hold additional tackle?|
Fishing vest. The fishing vest has several pockets, and is usually made of brown fabric. The fishing vest has so many pockets for one main reason; to hold all the fisher's tackle, including lures (like jigs and plugs), bait, knifes, and whatever else a fisher might find handy; perhaps more fishing wire.
|Made of looped yarn of the same name, this vest is more for warmth than style. It is looped on the outside, and smooth on the inside, which keeps the wearer warm. This yarn is commonly used on rugs as well. What type of vest is this?|
Bouclé. Although all four listed are novelty yarns, only bouclé is used to make a certain type of vest, the bouclé. Bouclé is made from at least two strands of yarn. One strand is tight, while the other is a little loser, wrapping around the first strand, to make loops or curls. The size of the loops vary depending on how lose that strand is. The vest can be very warm, though it is not always worn because of its lack of style.
|The word vest is derived from the Italian word veste/vesta, which, when translated, literally means what?|
Robe. The Italian word veste means robe, or gown. It is believed that the first person to popularize the wearing of vests was King Charles II. This is supported by a 1666 journal entry by Samuel Pepys: "[the] King hath yesterday, in Council, declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes.... It will be a vest, I know not well how; but it is to teach the nobility thrift." (Wikpedia)
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