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.!
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.
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.
Posted by Bill S. on 2nd Nov 2015
Did some research into vests with other suppliers... Not only is the Higgins vest competitively priced, it's cheaper in most cases and made of better materials in comparison. Additionally, it shipped quick with minimal cost. My decision to purchase from Higgins was predicated on quality not cost. Another band member had a vest from Higgins and, it was great... Significantly better quality than others I've seen. The cost / shipping were bonuses.
Posted by Jason on 11th Sep 2015
Fits perfect and is very nice! Greatness! I am proud to be wearing this as part of my outfit for my wedding! The quality is amazing! Really makes the whole ensemble that much more awesome!
Posted by Unknown on 10th Sep 2015
I was pleased with the quality and appearance of this vest. J Higgins called me after the order and recommended a size larger than what I ordered. I ordered my actual, measured size. The vest that Higgins recommended fit perfectly, so I would heartily recommend ordering a vest one size larger than what you think. The vest has a short waist ideal for wearing with a kilt. The fabric is a nice wool. I'm very happy with this vest. Now I know what size to order when I purchase an Argyle jacket.
Posted by Rich Oden (MacLean) on 8th Sep 2015
This vest goes well with the argyle jacket I also ordered. Seems a bit more roomy than expected, but fine for its intended purpose, which could take up the slack perfectly.
Excellent vest, but make sure youmeasure
Posted by Robert MacDermott on 2nd Jul 2015
I recently ordered this vest, along with a matching Daywear Argyle Kilt Jacket. I have no complaints about the quality of the vest (or jacket). It feels great, looks great, and fits as advertised. I feel it is a great value for the price.
A word of warning, they do run small, as stated in the product description. I measured per the website's instructions prior to ordering and asked which size to order based on my measurements. The vest is a snug fit when compared to the jacket (which is the same size). It fits me well now, but woe to me if I pack on the pounds.
I would recommend this product to anyone else looking for a new vest, just be sure to measure.
Black waist coat
Posted by John M. Bierens on 22nd May 2015
The waist coat is excellent and very pleased with what I received and was well worth the money. The fit is perfect and I could not ask for a fine waist coat.