Gray suit.. Orange vest?

posted 2 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I cannot recommend this look.  Odd vests are a very difficult thing to do well.  If you want to do an odd vest, I would reccomend buff with a charcoal suit, and wool, not satin or brocade, etc.  But, in order, I would recommend:

Matching waistcoat<br />No waistcoat<br />Odd waistcoat<br /><br />Ivory could be made to work, but orange will look dreadful.  However, this decision should be made solely by the groom.

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

mrsdevries:  what he said. An orange vest will make a nice suit look like a costume. You can bring in orange and plum in the mens’ ties or boutonnieres.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

mrsdevries:  I would not do orange vests. stick to something neutral if you will be doing vests under gray and use the mens bouts as a pop of color.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

mrsdevries:  why not go with a grey tie and maybe a purple pocket square?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

mrsdevries:  What is the season of your wedding? Looks like fall? I think these colors will be lovely, with a lighter grey suit for groomsmen and a darker one for FI. For FI I might stick with an ivory bowtie to match the ivory vest, and for groomsmen matching bowties to vests. Maybe give FI a tiny bit of color in the boutonniere, and ivory rose with an orange or purple flower like alstroemeria or something else small that’s in your flowers. 

We actually opted for no vest and did bow ties in wedding theme colors. This looked good with the tux we picked and I think our GMs will be more comfortable for it if it’s hot out! With a bow tie you can get away with bright colors because it’s smaller so not glaring to someone’s vision. 

Ultimately it is up to you and what you want! And really, in this day and age, anything goes!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Our Backyard/Steakhouse

mrsdevries:  Sample of dark grey suit with orange tie

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you’re going after fall colours, you might consider tweed jackets in earthy tones.   You could then get away with a burnt orange country waistcoat.  The best way to do this kind of thing is to let the guys shop vintage, which means mismatched, of course.  I’m not a fan of matchy matchy, in general, but it especially won’t work with the country gentleman look.

Pink and grey are good together, but light grey with an odd vest is really going to look confused.  I don’t think that light grey works with an odd vest at all, but if you’re determined to do it, the general rule is, top layer is darkest, bottom layer is lightest.

A three piece light grey (if you are thinking light grey) suit is great to wear to any day time wedding, or other day time social event, from April through September, so it’s a more useful sour than you’d realize.  I could see a salmon vest (wool!) working better than other colours, but this is a really high risk thing to try, with, in my opinion, not much potential reward.  Ivory (wool!) could also be ok.

If you go to charcoal, you’re going substantially more formal, so then the odd vest, if done right, recalls the morning coat. An Ivory/buff wool waistcoat would be your best bet there, but you could also do dove grey.  In this case, the darkest charcoal you can get is best, but not black.   Outside those waistcoat colours, you could be getting something that is a confused combination that can look part prom, part country, and/or part morning dress, but none of them very successfully.

 

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