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Waistcoat Vest (Black)


Product Description

Our J. Higgins Kilt Waistcoat is made from 100% wool twill (9390) in both the front and back and comes in even sizes 30 to 60 in short (5'9" and below), regular (5'10" to 6'0"), long (6'1" to 6'2") & ex long (6'3" & up).

It can be worn with or without our kilt jacket. We stock black, but we can make all the other colors found in our jacket line. Call 1-800-426-7268 for prices and delivery times. NOTE: These tend to run small. Exchangeable and returnable if the first size doesn't fit.

As a general guide, we suggest the following size per weight range. Size 32 (130-140lbs), Size 34 (141-150lbs), Size 36 (151-160lbs), Size 38(161-170lbs), Size 40 (171-180lbs), Size 42 (181-190lbs), Size 44 (191-200lbs), Size 46 (201-210lbs), Size 48 (211-220lbs), Size 50 (221-230lbs), Size 52 (231-240lbs), Size 54 (241-250lbs), Size 56 (251-260lbs), Size 58 (261-270lbs), Size 60 (271lbs & up) Made in the U.S.A.!

John's Tip:  Here's a little trick to buttoning the vest.  Square buttons are harder to button.  It's best to put a "side" in first, rather than the pointed tip.  Then rotate to secure the button in the hole.  If we made the button holes any bigger, the buttons will pull through.  We learned that back in the early 1980's.

Here are the chest and waist sizing for each size. Generally speaking the waist will be 4" smaller than the chest. If your waist measurement is bigger than the chest size, then go up to the size that will fit the waist: Chest size 32 has 29 waist, chest size 34 has 30 waist, chest size 36 has 32 waist, chest size 38 has 34 waist, chest size 40 has 36 waist, chest size 42 has 38 waist, chest size 44 has 40 waist, chest size 46 has 42 waist, chest size 48 has 44 waist, chest size 50 has 46 waist, chest size 52 has 48 waist, chest size 54 has 50 waist, chest size 56 has 52 waist, chest size 58 has 54 waist, chest size 60 has 56 waist.

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  1. Excellent product and service

    Posted by Reno McCormick on 14th May 2020

    In need of a waistcoat, I contacted J.Higgins to ask a few questions regarding the construction and fit of their black wool waistcoat.I followed the measuring guide and sent off my questions. I was surprised to receive an email shortly thereafter with several follow-up questions. The team pulled their records to see that I had purchased and returned the same vest 8 years ago, as it did not fit will. After a few email exchanges, the team suggested a size they thought would work best for my height and weight. The waistcoat arrived about a week later, and it is a perfect fit. If not for their excellent customer service, I might not have found exactly what I needed. Thanks to all a JHiggins!

  2. Solid Vest

    Posted by MVG on 2nd Mar 2020

    Good quality and fits really nice. Buttons are good quality as well. Video was helpful on how to figure out the correct measurements.

  3. Good find

    Posted by Unknown on 30th Jan 2020

    A good waist coat at an affordable price and great customer service and fast shipping

  4. nice looking waist coat

    Posted by Aron on 23rd Dec 2019

    Arrived quickly and is good quality. It looks very sharp. It does fit a little snug so I might add an inch to your waist measurements...
    However it is the holiday season and my waist always grows a little this time of year so maybe it's my fault.

  5. Great Waistcoat

    Posted by Unknown on 13th Nov 2019

    My band wears these waist coat and as the quartermaster I'm in charge of the ordering and fittings. The quality is very good and I have never had to send one back for size issues. If I have any concerns or question the customer service has always been excellent.

  6. excellent product , even better customer service

    Posted by Kenneth Stewart on 7th Nov 2019

    Needed a professional quality vest for my police and firefighter pipe band attire . J higgins was my top choice. The customer service is exceptional and the product is just what i needed . Highly recommended .

  7. Great waist coat

    Posted by Clyde McArn on 21st Oct 2019

    I follow the instruction for sizing to the letter and this waist coat looks and fits great! The product arrived in a timely manner as well

  8. fits a size smaller

    Posted by on 2nd Oct 2019

    It’s a nice best, but I found that it for one size smaller. Had my wife recheck my size and the best just to be sure it wasn’t me. A44 best was 43 1/2 around, less another 3/8 to button up.

    So I got the next size up. Give yourself some room, laddies.

  9. J. Higgins Top Notch

    Posted by Chris F on 12th Aug 2019

    I’ve been using J. Higgins products for many years. The black vest looks and feels great. I’m an average piper in an average band but want to look my best while playing. J. Higgins makes that happen at a good price.

  10. Higgins is excellent

    Posted by J Charles Brown on 4th Apr 2019

    I am a Professional Competition Drum Major both regionally within the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association and Internationally with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. Over the years, I have tried a plethora of oversees companies, claiming to be the perfect solution to my strict uniform requirements, only to be disappointed, dissatisfied with quality, fit, materials used and lead times. If a garment was furnished incorrectly, you can bet your hat that those same suppliers wouldn't give me the time of day in in helping resolve my issue, leaving me with a wasted spend of well earned money.

    At J Higgins, I've never been disappointed. All garments have been a perfect fit, the construction spot on and the staff accessible and knowledgeable of my Drum Major Discipline. It's funny, I own items from all over the world and moving forward, I'll be doing business with Higgins, quality I can count on and a reasonable price point. Gone are the days of looking outside of the USA for what is well made in the heartland. I give Higgins 5 stars and reccomend it to all pipers, drummers and drum majors.


    Drum Major - Empire Pipe Band

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