Received an invitation with the dress code 'black tie'? You'll be needing an evening waistcoat, then. It's not a style you'd wear at any other event, but it really does make a smart impression - and completes the look perfectly if you're sporting a dinner suit. So whether you're buying or hiring your waistcoat this party season, read on to find out more about the craftsmanship and history of this iconic style. Traditionally (pre-Victorian era) the evening waistcoat would be worn with tails. Since then, and particularly since the Edwardian period, the dinner jacket has became de rigueur for smart events. The reason we wear waistcoats at black tie events is to cover our waists, as it simply looks so much smarter. The dark fabric of the waistcoat provides a tidy covering for the waist when wearing a single-breasted jacket, preventing the white shirt from billowing out from the trousers and appearing too messy. Plus - as an added bonus - it's flattering for those who've spent a little too long at the buffet table... Here at Oliver Brown, our evening waistcoat is designed and manufactured to the highest standards in the UK from 100% barathea pure wool. The elegant low front shawl collar has corded silk lapels, three silk covered buttons and an adjustable back for the perfect fit. It's lined and available in both regular and long lengths. For more details and to order yours, take a look at our evening waistcoats online.