The Best Steampunk Vests (2018 Review)

The Best Steampunk Vests (2018 Review)

By Steampunk Origins | Updated Oct 25, 2018

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The steampunk vest or waistcoat is more than a fashion accessory, it’s a statement of style and intention. Its formality rivalled by its sophistication. Accompanied by a pocket-watch, cane, and the occasional propeller hat, the waistcoat is the rug that ties Steampunk together (source).

Cast out the ne’re-do-wells that claim a waistcoat is just a waistcoat. Nothing in this strange and so very far from subtle fashion is as it seems: the gaslights bleed phantoms, your sandals really are out to get you, and the snozzberries really do taste like snozzberies.

If the pocket-watch is the crown jewel of the Steampunk’s arsenal, then the waistcoat is its throne. Wear it bold. Wear it bravely. Wear it often, even when you’ve worn all your suit pants and you’re forced to spend the rest of the day in shorts. Whatever you do, wear it your way, as proudly as only you can.

Steampunk Vests Quick Review

Product Best For Our Rating
1. Coofandy's Men's Classic Style
2. Hisdern's Classic Paisley Variety
3. Wintage's Nehru Vest Versatility
4. Multi Mens Paisley Waistcoat Value for Money
5. Mage Male's Slim Fit V-Neck Slim Fit

Top Choice: Coofandy's Men's Classic

Calm, collected, and professional. Coofandy proves that while tastes change, style is forever.

1. Coofandy's Men's Classic
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Style

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2. Hisdern's Classic Paisley
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Variety

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3. Wintage's Nehru Vest
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Versatility

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4. Multi Mens Paisley Waistcoat
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Value for Money

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5. Mage Male's Slim Fit V-Neck
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Slim Fit

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Steampunk Vests

Steampunk is a matter of respectability, and nothing quite screams in that charming formal manner quite like a waistcoat. With the World at your finger tips it can seem daunting to find the right fit for your niche, while maintaining that strange and far from subtle world of Steampunk (source).

The waistcoat is the focal point of any gentleman’s attire, the jacket ready to be thrown down whenever a woman can’t be bothered walking around the puddle. Your pocket watch acts as the cherry on the steam-powered sundae to the unique and forever proximate you (source).

So, let’s strap in and take a look at the Steampunk Waistcoat.

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Steampunk Vest Review

Mage Male's Slim Fit V-Neck

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Apt in its name, this slim fit waistcoat has a certain magical quality to it.

Mage adds something new to the game with this waistcoat. Here we have something that wouldn’t be out of place at a wedding or a weekend LARPing, proving that there’s so much more to a waistcoat that style, there must be versatility.

Not the most conventional choice when it comes to Steampunk, but then who wants to run into someone wearing the exact same outfit when you’ve just come all the way from an alternative Victorian England, where you spent the entire afternoon learning which of the Royal family’s tentacles you should kiss as you receive your knighthood for building all of those interdimensional workhouses.

  • Comes with ten cool buttons, and don’t worry if you don’t like them, just replace them with something brassier
  • Hand and machine washable
  • Comes in a variety of sizes
  • Doesn’t actually grant you magical powers
  • The pockets are fake, meaning you’d have to find other accommodation for your pocket watch

Hisdern's Classic Paisley

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While varying in colour and style, Hisdern retains a certain sophistication that just demands attention.

Formal in a way that must be genetic, Hisdern provides gentlemen everywhere the opportunity to share their flair for mad experiments and pastel paisley.

Here’s a waistcoat that is fashionable in a way that adds a new dimension to the term timeless. It bends time, breaks it. There are entities in the fourth dimension going “You know what, Zardlog, this would go great with my screaming nipples.”

It’s traditional in a way that is completely new. It’s a walking contradiction wrapped up in a back-handed compliment. It’s everything Steampunk and more.

  • A variety of styles and colour
  • Usable pockets
  • Variety of sizes
  • Not ideal if you hate paisley

Coofandy's Men's Classic

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Calm, collected, and professional. Coofandy proves that while tastes change, style is forever.

Likely to make a scene at even the most grandiloquent gathering, Coofandy likes to bring it hard and shiny.

It’s hard to sum up the exciting opportunities possible with this beautiful bit of cloth and satin, but even the amongst those Steampunk’s found to be all thumbs this is the sort of waistcoat you could just slip into and own the room.

It’s the sort of waistcoat someone would wear in a cinematic adaptation of your life. You don’t remember wearing the Coofandy when you were taking the bins out, and it doesn’t seem logical to wear it in the bath, but devils be damned if you don’t look good.

  • Beautiful chromatic paisley design
  • Machine washable
  • Not as many sizes as the others
  • Limited questions asked and answered
  • Doesn’t state whether the pockets are sewn or not

Wintage's Nehru Vest

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Wintage provides an alternative for the gentleman seeking far-fetched fortunes in warmer climes.

Now, we all know that Steampunk is synonymous with different, and it would be interesting to see what this Wintage waistcoat could add to sub-genre known for its style.

Ostentatious, brave, and bold, could you ask for anything more when looking for that little piece of you? Of course you could, cogs for a start (obviously) and here’s an addition to your wardrobe waiting blur the lines of Steampunk.

More colours than a peacock, with a special blend of new fangled technology that’s bound to have you strutting before you know it. Off to buy some milk? Strut. Cat’s got worms? Strut. Sentient onions have just invaded Hawaii? Defend the planet, and then strut.

  • Intriguing eastern design
  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Three to seven days delivery
  • Lots of sizes
  • No questions asked
  • Doesn’t state whether the pockets are sewn or not

Multi Mens Paisley Waistcoat

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Hard to think of something so present yet out of place. An enigma tied with diamond lace.

Here we have something simple and yet elegant. A far cry from the loud and dominant fields of the futuristic landscapes yet possessing a certain something that can’t be denied. The Multi Mens waistcoat sets itself for great expectations, and it wants you along for the ride.

The variety of colours and the affordable price means that you could play with themes and styles, adding some much-needed colour to your browns and blacks.

Sense and sensibility have found a common breeding ground in this clear cut cloth, and you’d be a fool to take on the recently animated terracotta army without one.

  • Cheap
  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Lots of sizes
  • A four-star rating and over seven hundred reviews
  • Price is indicative of quality of materials used
  • Doesn’t state whether the pockets are sewn or not

Conclusion

You’d be hard-pressed to find Steampunk’s without waistcoats which can mean a daunting experience for anyone trying to add that little touch of personality, especially if they’re not the most ambitious with a needle and thread. Luckily waistcoats come in a variety and shapes and styles to give you that all important wiggle room to give a little gravity, so people will stand up and notice when you arrive.

There isn’t a right or wrong way with Steampunk, which means you’re free to pick and choose, mix and match, the choice, as always, is yours. So, have fun, stay traditional with the classic cuts, or take risk on something strange.

Now, we all know that thanks to the internet you’re able to find hundreds of coats to suit every sordid Steampunk fantasy, but what is important is to understand that it comes down to what works for you. The additions of a pocket-watch, the right shirt, top hat and dinner jacket can really add depth and definition to your choice, you just have to believe in yourself and take a few chances.

Wintage's Nehru Vest is definitely the strangest on the list of additions to your closet, but then again Hisdern's Classic Paisley is the sort of item you can wear when going full on Steam-powered Stove-pipe hat, or just a nice dinner with your significant other.

Each of these items have its own unique reasons to eat at your bank account, and you’d be justified with any one or all together. If price is important then the Multi Mens Paisley Waistcoat is the best value for money, leaving you more money to buy that Penny Farthing you’ve had your eye on.

Coofandy's Men's Classic is likely to be taken most seriously as a “Steampunk waistcoat” and is my personal favorite, but for the brave and bold - you’ll know that serious is isn’t everything.

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