(Closed) Will a bigger guy look good in a vest?

posted 6 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
46673 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This pic from an old post shows three different sized guys wearing vests

AHH HELP!!!?  What should my Groom wear? :  wedding attire groom help question rustic suit vintage Rr7

5’10” 215lbs isn`t that big. I think he will look great.


Post # 4
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

FH is worried about this too, he’s a little shorter than your FH (5’9) but they weigh about the same. I can’t find any pictures either, so maybe someone else can find something.


Post # 5
82 posts
Worker bee

He doesn’t sound that big but guess it depends on how he carries it. A vest alone may be fine in his case. If concerned get a 3 piece take it to a decent tailor and ask them to add some waist suppression to the jacket. This curves the waist line in a bit and provides a slimming effect. If you go suit just make sure the jacket fits in the shoulders as that is the most difficult if not impossible part of fit for a tailor to adjust.


Have him try on a few vests I bet he looks fine with that height and weight.

Post # 6
985 posts
Busy bee

Yes. Vests look awesome on everyone. Go for it! As long as its tailored properly I think it will look amazing and probably slimming. (not that he needs it!)

Post # 7
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love that look, and that’s exactly what my groomsmen are wearing except in black.

I have one guy who is 5’7″ and probably 130lbs (VERY thin), and another guy who is 6’2″ and about 240lbs. I definetly think the bigger guy is going to look way more handsome in this outfit then the small skiny guy. Personally I just think bigger men are more attractive anyways, so tell him to be confident, I’m sure he’ll look great!

Post # 8
507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Cabin

My Darling Husband wore a vest, he’s 5’10” and about 220.  He didn’t look bad! It looked slimming.  Tell him to go for it! 

Post # 9
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

I’d definitely try have him try it out before you decide/order one online. I went shopping for a wedding outfit with my fiance today and the vest look wasn’t as flattening as I thought it might be for him. (6’5″/290lbs)

Post # 10
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m having the same concern! My Fiance is over 6 ft and has huge shoulders……he’s a 2xl in just t-shirts due to his shoulders.  I’d really like him in a vest for an outdoor farm wedding but I’m concerned it won’t look right.  Guess we will have to go shopping to see

Post # 11
3256 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Pumpkin_Bee:  Mych better in a vest than inno vest, but tailoring will be the key.  Make sure you have both the pants and vest altered properly.

Also make sure it overlaps with the waistband of the pants, and that he wears suspenders, not a belt.

Post # 12
1143 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our best man is a bigger guy, and he wore a vest, but one where it didn’t have a back. So it tied around his neck and then had an adjustable strap that went around his waist. You can’t tell if he isn’t wearing the jacket, but I don’t think it looked bad either when he wasn’t wearing the jacket. He felt much more comfortable with this type of vest than with a “regular” one.

Post # 13
3256 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Backless vests are meant to be worn with a jacket, because they aren’t as hot in the summer.  They are preferred by rental companies because they are somewhat adjustable, and can fit a wider range of bodies.  This means that they can carry fewer sizes, however still tend to have too few sizes, even at that.  You don’t really see them much anymore, except for rented tuxedos, because men these days like to take our jackets off.  The backless vest was invented in a day and age when it was unthinkable for a gentleman to remove his jacket during outside the company of intimates.



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