Boys' Irish Step Dancing Costume Garments: Vests

Figure 1.--HBC has noted some younger boys wearing vests instead of blazer jackets during the 1990s. We are not sdure how wide spread this is.

HBC has noted some of the novice dancers in America during the mid-1990s wearing vests rather than jackets. The vests were an advantage during outdoor summer feises. They also reduced the expense to outfit a boy. This seems to have been orimarily for the younger dancers. We are not sure how wide-spread this fashion was. The blazer jackets appear much more common. Like the jackets, the vests are made to either match or contast with the kilts or kneesocks. Also like the jackers, they are worn with the back sashes. The boys wear the standard long sleeved white shirts and ties with them. Standard vests were normally made with suit material in front and satin lining material in back. These dancing vests appaer to ne made of the same material all around.

Christopher Wagner

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