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The 10 Best Velvet Vests

At Historical Emporium, we have been selling authentic period clothing since 2003, with thousands of satisfied customers around the world.

We have sold hundreds of velvet vests, and we listen closely to customer feedback to make sure we're delivering on the promise of unique, authentic clothing, world class service, and great prices.

We survey every customer to gauge their opinion of the products they bought, and put together this list of the top-ranked velvet vests in our store.

Shop with confidence, knowing that these terrific velvet vests have been tested and endorsed by our other customers, and that you will receive five star service along with a great value!


 

#1 Rated Velvet Vest
Bonaventure Vest - Burgundy Velvet

 Victorian Steampunk Mens Vests Burgundy Velvet Solid Dress |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 005886

$78.95

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Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 5 reviews

Top Flight
I couldn't have asked for a better period vest of high quality -- yep, add this to your collection now guys, very LUX
Sep 13, 2017
Robert N Stephenson
Hawthorndene SA
AU
Santa & Ragtime
I have a substantial grey beard. This vest is suitable for my visits as Saint Nicholas' younger brother--his, ahem, younger, handsomer brother. A Santa Claus suit is a costume, a vest is clothing--and a step up in refinement from lighter weight vests I have worn. As an occasional performer of ragtime and kindred older piano, such a vest is expected. Of course for the role as a piano-playing Santa Claus, this burgundy vest is best.
Nov 4, 2016
Gregory
VA
US
fine craftsmanship
I am really enjoying this vest; it's comfortable and looks great. I have seen the real thing as I have worked at museums for a while and it definitely allows me to see what some of the vests would have looked and felt like when they were new 140 years ago. And yes I have received compliments on it!
Apr 24, 2015
Jamie Crosmas
Oshawa ON
CA
Rich in colour and texture
The pictures really don't do the waistcoat justice. The cut is superb, the texture is quite lush and the colour is rich and vibrant, and offset perfectly by the black trim. I wear this to work on a regular basis and it always gets compliments - works well with a black coat and trousers (I wear it with the Livingston brushed cotton trousers and the Victorian cutaway frock coat) and a white shirt for excellent contrast. One of my favourite items in my wardrobe - you'll probably find it becomes one of the favourites in yours, too.
Feb 28, 2015
Michael
Sydney NS
AU
Awesome Vest
Wore this wonderful waist coat at the Edwardian Ball got several complements. The best part of getting this item is the wonderful outstanding costomer service I always receive.
Jan 29, 2015
Mike
San Jose CA
US

 

#2 Rated Velvet Vest
Gramercy Vest - Burgundy Velvet

 Victorian Steampunk Mens Vests Burgundy Velvet Solid Dress |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006672

$79.95

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Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 5 reviews

1920's Party
I wore this for my 1920's themed 45th Birthday party and it was an absolute hit! I paired it with arm garters and a boater hat and it did not disappoint. Very good quality and fits true to size. Customer service was great and rushed it because I waited until the last minute.
Sep 10, 2017
Damon Grant
Cedar Hill TX
US
classy
I had the opportunity to wear this vest to a titanic era tea. It is a good looking piece, comfortable , and not quite bright as it looks in some of the product photos. I am quite pleased with it.
Feb 23, 2017
David Eicher
Nyssa Or
US
gramercyvest
Purchased this attend a dinner. It is really great, on time delivery, was very pleased with the style, cut and fit. Will purchase again if need be.
Dec 23, 2016
brian burgoyne
sydney ns
AU
5 stars
AWESOME!!
Mar 3, 2016
William S

US
Gramercy Vest
Just what a fine gentleman needs for an evening!
Feb 4, 2016
Jacob Hawkins
Nashville TN
US

 

#3 Rated Velvet Vest
Hillsdale Vest - Black

 Victorian Old West Mens Vests Black Synthetic Velvet Check Dress |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006092

$62.95

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Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 4 reviews

Very happy with my waistcoat
The vest looks well made, especially for the price. I am very happy with my purchase. The vest was as depicted and arrived promptly.
Jul 14, 2016
Joe
San Antonio TX
US
Hillsdale Vest
Excellent product ! Fast shipping ! I will definitely continue to monitor your website and purchase when i can.
Jul 9, 2016
Biggsinator
Overland Park Ks
US
Black Hillsdale Vest
Nice quality and fit.
Apr 15, 2016
Tony
Ocean city Md
US
Positive reactions
I got more hugs from women with this vest on than any other vest I have!
Jul 10, 2015
Will
Santa Cruz Ca
US

 

#4 Rated Velvet Vest
Bonaventure Vest - Green Velvet

 Victorian Steampunk Mens Vests Green Velvet Solid Dress |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 005885

$78.95

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Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 3 reviews

Love the vest
I really love this vest it is the newest of the 5 I have purchased so far. I will say that the velvet makes the vest look very luxurious as well as the satin trim. The color is so rich it almost appeared to be black in color but it is most definitely Hunter Green. I will be wearing it to a Christmas Party in a couple of weeks and on Christmas Eve!
Dec 4, 2015
Russ
Dover Ne
US
Great quality, fit.
Trying to fancy up my wardrobe for winter and I was pleased with this purchase. It fits and looks great and will work with other items I plan to purchase with it.
Dec 3, 2015
Douglas
Baltimore MD
US
Darker than you might think
Like all of the Bonaventure waistcoats, the texture of the velvet is lush, the cut is very fine, and the contrast provided by the black trim (in colour and texture) and the bright antiqued buttons is excellent; the colour is also deep and rich, but in this instance, very dark, depending on the lighting you're standing under. Occasionally this waistcoat looks black under artificial lights - sunlight does bring its rich green lustre to the fore. Regardless, it's a handsome addition to anyone's wardrobe.
Feb 28, 2015
Michael
Sydney NS
AU

 

#5 Rated Velvet Vest
Piedmont Vest - Black

 Victorian Old West Mens Vests Black Synthetic Velvet Paisley Dress |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006093

$62.95

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Average Rating: 5.00/5.00 stars from 3 reviews

just what I wanted
vest fits perfect and is just what I wanted, fancy, but not loud.
Nov 5, 2015
Jerry
TAMPA fl
US
Wedding Attire
Love this vest. Very nice material, well sewn, nice feel to it. Looks great! If your considering this, buy it! You won't be disappointed.
Aug 7, 2015
Anonymous

Piedmont Vest Black
Jul 17, 2015
Anonymous


 

#6 Rated Velvet Vest
Bonaventure Vest - Black Velvet

 Victorian Steampunk Mens Vests Black Velvet Solid Dress |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 005884

$78.95

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Average Rating: 4.80/5.00 stars from 5 reviews

Perfect, and not heavy at all!
Soft, nice quality velvet, not heavy (like I thought it would be), very comfortable, and looks even better in real life than it does in the pictures!
Jan 26, 2017
Brian Pater
Portland Or
US
Quality Product
This vest is perfect for an outfit I am wearing with a vintage "Loden" jacket I recently got from the UK. I was really happy with the great fit, and quality of the waistcoat, and as always, Historical Emporium provided fast, great service on an affordable, quality product. Many thanks!
Oct 14, 2016
Craig Sibley
Chino Hills Ca
US
Love it!
Pretty much exactly what I was expecting. Like previous reviews said, this thing is BLACK, it makes everything else look grey by comparison. Love it!
Jul 29, 2016
Anonymous

US
None more black...
Spinal Tap references aside - this waistcoat is seriously black. Not so much just 'black' as BLACK. It's so black it even provides contrast against other black clothes. It's so black that light bends around it. This is a good thing. Like all of the other Bonaventure waistcoats, the texture of the velvet is is lush, the cut is sharp, the colour is rich and deep, and the internal contrast provided by the bright antiqued buttons and the trim (through texture and sheen) is a strong design feature in and of itself. A highly recommended purchase, and one I wear regularly to work, and casually. It also works as a formal waistcoat, naturally, and is durable as well as attractive. It also has the dual benefit of going with absolutely everything in my wardrobe and immediately raising the tone of anything I wear it with. It is pure class in waistcoat form. You will not be disappointed with this item, believe me.
Feb 28, 2015
Michael
Sydney NS
AU
Vest
Very pleased with the product, meets all my expectations. will make an excellent addition to my wardrobe for spring and summer,
Jan 2, 2015
Anonymous
Toronto On
CA

 

#7 Rated Velvet Vest
Bonaventure Vest - Purple Velvet

 Victorian Steampunk Mens Vests Purple Velvet Solid Dress |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 005888

$78.95

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Average Rating: 4.80/5.00 stars from 5 reviews

Gorgeouus Vest!
This was my first time ordering from Historical Emporium. My package arrived very quickly, and the vest was packed well. I was thrilled by the texture and trim, and the purple color really shows up great on stage. It is very well made. I used it the following week in my performance, and I received a lot of compliments on the new outfit. Everyone loved the vest!
Feb 23, 2017
Steve the Sleeve
Tulsa Ok
US
If you'd really like to be noticed on entering...
...just wear this waistcoat and see what happens! The photo doesn't adequately show you exactly how vivid this waistcoat is - and boy, is it vivid! The purple leaps out at the eye and provides an excellent contrast against a black suit (I wear it with a Victorian cutaway frock coat and Livingston brushed cotton trousers) and a white shirt. Like all of the other Bonaventure waistcoats, the velvet has a lush texture, the colour is of an impressively deep and rich lustre, and contrasted well with the offset black trim (in both colour and texture) and the bright antiqued buttons. It is a very handsome addition to any gentleman's wardrobe, and comes very highly recommended. The only way you won't make an immediate impression on entering a room while wearing this waistcoat is if everyone in the room is asleep, or if all the lights are off. Mind you, in the latter instance, the purple is so vivid I'd be surprised if it didn't glow in the dark...
Feb 28, 2015
Michael
Sydney NS
AU
Elegance at its finest!!!
I purchased this vest for my fiancé for part of his wedding outfit. It's an amazing vest. Looks stunning. Love the color. Goes fabulous with the tailcoat we also purchased from you. Thank you! Love your clothes. We love Steampunk and Victorian and your clothes are fabulous.
Jan 29, 2015
Joanne B

Love it.
Love this vest, A little darker than I expected but beautiful just the same. Now to find the right shirt to go with it.
Jan 9, 2015
The Major
Monroe MI
US
Great look. Velvet could be better.
Truly loved the look and is ideal in many ways. At the same time, the velvet feels a bit cheap. Perhaps using a cotton velvet could make it stand up better and look richer. But I am sure you know best. All the same, it is a minor matter and have already bought four more in other colors.
Dec 12, 2014
Carlos
Wellesley MA
US

 

#8 Rated Velvet Vest
Thompson Vest - Burgundy Velvet

 Victorian Old West Steampunk Mens Vests Red Synthetic Velvet Stripe Dress |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006727

$78.95

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Average Rating: 4.67/5.00 stars from 3 reviews

Amazing
I love absolutely everything about this vest. The look, the feel, the material, and all. It's a total package and worth the money. Looks amazing!
Jan 6, 2017
George Durbin
Morgantown we
US
Impressive at a special occasion
This item is obviously meant for special occasions. The heavy material, with its alternating stripes of nappy and subtly patterned weaves, looks regal and rich. The nap creates an iridescent effect based on how the light hits it. The vertical stripe pattern didn't perfectly match, however, though not badly enough to harm the overall effect. To me the accuracy of such pattern matching indicates quality. The buttons are of a highly patterned design. The fit is a bit snug, which surprised me because other vests in that size fit well. Maybe this is caused by the thickness of the material.
Jan 2, 2017
Dapper
Worcester Ma
US
Vest
Looks great!
Dec 28, 2016
Mom

US

 

#9 Rated Velvet Vest
Gramercy Vest - Green Velvet

 Victorian Steampunk Mens Vests Green Velvet Solid Dress |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 006678

$79.95

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Average Rating: 4.33/5.00 stars from 3 reviews

Very nice
What a beautiful vest. The color, the design... everything is near perfect. It is much lighter weight than I expected. In fact, it feels a little bit like a theatrical piece than a quality garment. BUT, is is comfortable and doesn't make you sweat. That is where I get back to the price. A bit expensive for the materials used, but somehow worth it. I wore it with a traditional Bavarian outfit and got a ton of compliments. The design makes it quite versatile
Nov 3, 2017
Ernesto Agapito...
Bedford VA
US
VERY Dark Green
I purchased this vest for my husband as a Christmas gift. When I took it out of the packaging, my first impulse was to call and ask why they had sent me a black vest when I ordered a green one. They didn't. The green velvet this vest is made from is so dark that unless you are looking at it in natural light (I had to take it to the sunlit window before I saw that it was, in fact, green) it looks black. If that's OK with you, then you'll love it. If you want something that clearly reads "green", you'll be happier with a different choice.
Jan 4, 2017
Wendy
Altadena Ca
US
Nice Vest
The vest feals and looks wonderful! Just what I was looking for.
Feb 4, 2016
Dan
San Diego Ca
US

 

#10 Rated Velvet Vest
Aristocrat Vest - Black Velvet

 Victorian Old West Mens Vests Black Velvet Print Dress |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Luxury Gifts for Him

ITEM 003992

$106.95

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Average Rating: 4.00/5.00 stars from 3 reviews

Very nice vest
Okay so first things first this is the first vest i have ever purchased. I love the material to this vest. It feels very nice, and not cheap in any way. There is only one problem to this vest, anybody planning on buying this please take my advice so you dont make my mistake. I always wear an XL. That is what i have fit into for the past three years. I bought the XL vest thinking..... "It must be the same size." Well they arent, these vests in particular are semi small. the XL couldnt even button up. So i sent it back and the 2X arrived today. I tried it on and it fits. Its a tad tight but i plan on losing weight to fix that issue. So here is my recommendation. If you are planning on buying this vest make sure you order a size UP. I'm telling you this to save you the heartache. Anyway other than that, i love this vest and i recommend it to all that can buy it, and that share an interest in Victorian clothing like myself ;)
Jul 13, 2012
Sam Kandil
OH
US
Aristocrat Vest - Black Velvet
Way smaller than the sizing label would indicate. It would take at least the next size larger and maybe two sizes larger to fit. I bought a different vest in XL and it fit perfectly. This vest in XL didn't come close to fitting. Looked nice and the quality seemed fine but beware of the sizes.
Jun 8, 2012
Gary Boehmer
Natalia TX
US
Aristocrat vest
Nice heavy material, made well. But be careful they run a little small. I am usually between a small and a medium. I ordered a small and had to send it back and the medium just fit. I would say order a size up. BTW they credited my account immediately
Apr 14, 2012
gary michael celima
Bernville PA
US

 

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