The Old Czech Man and the Vest

The Old Czech Man and the Vest

If there is one thing that is damned near a universal truth about the old men you see in the Czech Republic, it’s the fact that they love vests. Man do they love vests, but not just any vests. They have to be vests with a bazillion pockets on them to store god knows what; perhaps the plan for world peace and a cure for AIDS, although they’ll never let you know.

The first one was pointed out to me in Prague. Then I saw a few more and then a more than a few more until I realized that the fashion scene in the older men’s clothing lines is dominated by the highly-pocketed vest. It’s like one of these guys accidentally went to a fashion show once (thinking it was a free newspaper giveaway) and some nubile young model came out with nothing on but a pocketed vest and the fellow who was there thought to himself, “Why yes. While my hips aren’t so slender nor my breasts so perky, I do love the idea of being able to have a place to put everything I don’t want my wife to touch.” And thus, the highly-pocketed vest craze was born.

The vests are original unto themselves, but they are often seen in the accompaniment of sandals with socks, rather tight shorts that the owner has had since turning 25, and maybe even a hat if one was feeling “jaunty” that morning.

This fashion sense has been spotted in other regions such as Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary, but everyone that the original vesters were those in the Czech Republic. Truth.