Cummerbund Or Vest for Your Wedding?

You’re get­ting clos­er to pick­ing your look for you wed­ding. Next stop is decid­ing between a cum­mer­bund or a vest. Each is great in its own rite, but know­ing the best times to wear each can some­times be a lit­tle tricky.

Vests are def­i­nite­ly the more ver­sa­tile option since you can wear one with either a suit or a tuxe­do. So, if you know you’re going with a three-piece suit, stick with a vest. But don’t lim­it your­self either. Not only can vests class up your look, but you can real­ly make your style pop more if you go with a dif­fer­ent col­or vest than your suit. There are so many options for giv­ing your suit an upgrade and we high­ly rec­om­mend play­ing around with vests.

groom and groomsmen in black tuxedos

What we’re real­ly here to talk about is tuxe­dos, where you have your pick of a vest or a cum­mer­bund. We real­ly rec­om­mend choos­ing one or the oth­er instead of going with­out for a tux. Tuxe­dos are the ulti­mate classy look and you deserve all the bells and whis­tles when wear­ing one.

You have the option of wear­ing a long tie with a tuxe­do, but for the best look, we say go with a bow tie. They show off your shirt studs way bet­ter, espe­cial­ly if you wear a cum­mer­bund with it. If you do choose a long tie, it’ll look bet­ter with a vest, rather than a cum­mer­bund.

Anoth­er way to decide, if you’re stuck between the two, is to think about your stom­ach. Hefti­er guys look bet­ter in a vest, while a cum­mer­bund will only accen­tu­ate their waist. It may sound super­fi­cial, but trust us.

Don’t for­get: if you’re wear­ing a cum­mer­bund, the pleats go up. It may seem kind of strange, but that’s how they’re tra­di­tion­al­ly worn since at one point they were used as a crumb catch­er. Or if you’re feel­ing ultra-classy, you can use it to store your opera tick­ets.

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