(Closed) Buying mens vest ONLY?

posted 8 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We looked around for grey vests and we were only able to find black 🙁 Let me know if you have any luck!

Post # 5
2154 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Grey vests is also an idea that we were also toying with, Nola – I’m so sorry to hear that grey vests are hard to find.

I’ve been looking around, though, and thought I’d share.

This is probably a bit above our budget, but looks lovely (even if they call it “brown”): http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=56575&vid=1&pid=762224&scid=762224002

Also, I notice you’re in MI – if you can nip up to the True North Strong And Free for a shopping trip, a store called Rainwater&Co has a nice grey vest – they’ve paired it with a casual ensemble in this pic, but if you look at the rest of their lookbook they have grey pants to match.: http://www.rw-co.com/default.aspx?action=collectiondetails&language=en&id=689&topid=19

Good luck with this – like Nola, I’d deeply appreciate any tips. Our dream is to have our handsome groomsmen look something like the groom in the photo, but maybe with fancier pants! Keep me updated if you can, Nola – and of course, congratulations on your fabulous taste.

Post # 6
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Jcrew has some that I liked!

Post # 7
2154 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@janicegiraldo: Oh yes! They are fabulous! I was looking at those yesterday, trying to work up the nerve to ask people to buy them. I think they’re worth it!

Post # 8
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011


Macy’s has suit separates, so you can just buy the vest from this set. Fi bought the pants & jacket – it’s a very nice material (especially for the price). When he went to have it tailored, the woman at the tailor shop kept complimenting it and eventually asked where he bought it because she thought it would be perfect for her son’s wedding. (since I dont know a ton about men’s formalwear, I took that as a pretty big compliment for the suit! I mean she sees suits all the time at work~)



Post # 9
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Nola: We had our Groomsmen wear gray slacks and gray vests.  They looked great!  I didn’t care about them all matching exactly, so I just told them to buy whatever fit and they could afford with a couple links to examples.  Some of the guys bought them at JCrew, some at Express.  Of course some of them waited until the very last minute, but they all showed up in gray vests and slacks!

Post # 10
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

My fiancee and I are also doing vests instead of jackets for our groomsmen. I unfortunately also had a difficult time finding actual slim-fitting, brown vests that are meant to be worn without a jacket, so I found a Vogue sewing pattern online and ordered that instead. This pattern (http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=1521) comes with four different vest styles to choose from- a simple one without a lapel, and 3 with a lapel. They are very vintage styles. We are going with the more modern lapel vest, b/c the wedding is “black tie optional” and we are doing a 1930s old hollywood vibe for our theme. With that being said, having a lapel vest will automatically make the men look a lot dressier, rather than doing one without. I work at a bridal salon, so our seamstress is going to sew each vest for us using the pattern and material that John and I are purchasing for the groomsmen at Fishman’s in downtown Chicago. Its only going to be about $35 bucks to make each vest, and thats what the guys are paying for. My fiancee and I are paying for the fabric. If you are able to find a bridal boutique or a seamstress or tailor in your area to make the vests for you (show them the pattern and have them give you a $ quote first) it actually ends up costing less than it would to have the guys rent or purchase a suit/tux vest themselves. Plus, you would get to choose your own suiting fabric and color ahead of time, and then the guys can better match their pants and dress shirts to the vest fabric. We’re just telling the groomsmen to get brown, slim-fit, flat-front pants and trim-fit, pale pink, long-sleeve dress shirts. All a seamstress will need to from each of the groomsmen is their measurements, in order to know what size pattern to cut. Then, once the vests are all sewn you’ll want to have each of the groomsmen come in and get custom-fitted into their vest. This all sounds very complicated, but its actually very easy. FIRST, order the pattern, THEN find a seamstress who will sew them for a reasonable price. If anybody on here is interested in talking to me about it just drop me an e-mail. [email protected] Hope this helped someone!

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