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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Fits Women, too.
Posted by Unknown on 8th Sep 2018
Just received my new waistcoat. Prompt delivery, efficient packaging & excellent quality. Wasn't sure about size to order, since waist size and waist size in a kilt are two different things. Happily, it fits like a glove and looks great. My only regret is that your advertising and sizing are all about men. I am a female piper. There are plenty of female pipers and drummers. As you are aware, women aren't built like men in many ways. Please include us in your fitting information.
Posted by Tiffany on 14th Jul 2018
I bought both the Black and Navy waistcoat. Both are made to fit exact to you -- so do NOT gain weight, hahaha. Very comfortable and well made. Will definitely buy more if need be.
Vest for tall pipers
Posted by Ian on 30th Jun 2018
The vest was very well made. We have bought them before here. In order to get the length we needed we had to buy one a bit bigger. It would be nice to carry a long size. Otherwise we are happy.
Great Vest; Great experience
Posted by Unknown on 8th May 2018
Comfortable; fits well -- a bit small on the first try but the shop handled the return and re-sizing very well; sewn well. Great value. Fast shipping. Great customer service!
Button holes a bit small
Posted by Unknown on 20th Dec 2017
The vest looks very nice and I like but the square metal buttons are hard to get through the button holes. Maybe the holes need to be a little larger. (Owner's Tip: Yes, 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).
Good quality vest
Posted by Tim Branch on 12th Oct 2017
Needed a new vest after my old band vest was stolen from my car (long story). It arrived promptly and the fit was exceptional (sizing is a bit snug, was recommended to move up to next size). All around good quality vest, for the price.
THE best waistcoat!
Posted by Scott Bryant on 19th Apr 2017
I've paid twice as much for half the quality. Full back waistcoats (as opposed to the cheap, synthetic back waistcoats) are the way to go. I've worn mine for 6 years being in a pipe band. No shrinkage and no fading even after a lot of time in the sun, lots of gigs and multiple dry cleanings!
Posted by Unknown on 25th Feb 2017
This is the third Higgins waistcoat that I've purchased over the 20+ years of piping. Still have all three and they still look like new. Needed to upsize over the years to accommodate my increasing girth. Looks great, wears like iron, and lasts forever. Just donated my first one to the band.
Quality all around
Posted by Steve Sexton on 31st Jan 2017
I got this vest because it is the one my band wears and I like the one I had for that. This one is even better because it is my actual size not a "make it work" from the band. Quality vest with a full wool back, functional generous pockets, and nice buttons. I noticed they subbed a long for regular based on the information I gave and it was the right move. Don't hesitate on this one.
Great vest, quick and courteous service!
Posted by Unknown on 20th Apr 2016
I needed a waistcoat in time to have it altered for a competition in 2 weeks. I sent in my measurements with a note about being female and that the vest would have to be altered accordingly. The JHiggins team responded within a couple of hours letting me know they had chosen a size they thought would fit and that it would be delivered within 2 days and I would need to sign for it (as I had ordered express delivery). Its a great quality waistcoat and I had it altered within 2 days and had a week to spare for my competition.
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