DIY Big and Tall Wedding Attire - Summer Edition

For big guys, creating a look in the style you want and the size you need can be a difficult, time-consuming experience. You know how hard it is to put together a casual look that works, but what if you’re looking for big and tall wedding attire? That’s even more difficult, especially if that look is the one you’ll be wearing on your wedding day. Our wedding was going to be a bit less traditional, as we planned to get married in Las Vegas. Because we were going to be doing the ceremony at the Venetian, and we were skipping the Elvis impersonator, I wanted my look to be laid back, yet well-put together and formal enough to stand out.

[threecol_one]Bruce's Big & Tall Wedding Look[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]McTavish Oxfords by Allen Edmonds[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]Sovereign Beck Calypso Necktie[/threecol_one_last]

Deconstructing Bruce’s Big and Tall Wedding Attire

With temperatures forcast to be in the low 100’s in Las Vegas that day, wearing a tuxedo was out. Besides, most of the tuxes I’ve worn aren’t very flattering; they’re boxy and do strange things with my body shape. We decided to go for more of a classic look, with a few unique touches. The shirt is an IZOD big and tall button down from J.C. Penney (Big & Tall XL), and the vest is an Egara Slim Fit Vest from Men’s Wearhouse (5X). The jeans are 559’s from Levis (44×29), and the amazing shoes are McTavish black wax-infused leather wingtip oxfords from Allen Edmonds (10 EEE).

[threecol_one]Big and Tall Summer Wedding Style[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]More Big and Tall Wedding Style[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]Summer Wedding at the Venetian[/threecol_one_last]

The additional accents used to finish off the look included the Calypso necktie from Sovereign Beck’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Fighter Black socks from Richer Poorer and a unique looking paper boutonniere from FlowerThyme, a store we found on Etsy. Our concern was that organic flowers wouldn’t hold up well in the summer heat, so the handcrafted quality of the paper flowers appealed to us. I also brought along a cap from Stetson, but ultimately chose not to wear it.

Summer Wedding Style for Big Men

In all, my big and tall wedding attire cost me about $530, though half of that was the price of those sweet, sweet, shoes. For me, the price was well worth it; I was able to wear a look I put together from scratch that suited the feel of our wedding, and I felt great when I had it on. Special thanks to photographer Gaby Jeter for taking these amazing photos on short notice. She specializes in using film cameras, and you can see more of her work at


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Kamala Lane
Kamala Lane

This dude is stylin! His clothes are sharp as the look on his face! WERK


I LUV his look!  His preference for all black with splashes of color throughout is catchy! He obviously has impeccable taste in bags. I'm so dying over the Ted Baker bag in that second photo.  He rocks!


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I've shopped old navy and seems like they are one of the only people that try remotely to cater to plus size mens clothing, however i find their jeans fit wonderful through the thigh area but not so much through the legs... i wear a 46 to where the jeans fit they look good, but i have found that the leg area they use too much fabric... even when I've tried their slim & skinny jeans. I just wish that they would test more and try making them look more tailored, without them being to tight or to big through the leg. I feel like a lot of stores really don't pay attention to this side of the size spectrum, probably because it costs them money. You don't see very many extended sizes in store for some reason and what you do find a lot of the time is over sized generic clothing basically drapes which seems like they guessed at what the size it might look like. Although stores like Casual Male XL has decent clothing... and you can find most extended sizes, its completely over priced, and since I'm young i do feel like they don't have styles current with younger generations, feel sorta like shopping with my dad. Although  it might seem like I'm bitter, not gonna lie kinda am I'll take what i can get and make it work, just wish some of these companies would pay us big guys and gals a little more attention and give us something stylish current and with a great fit!
I love wearing socks but sometimes wanna try to not wearing it but still doesn't find the shoes that match with pants. Yea brogues is nice. Great explanation and answers U0001f44d
Azharul Azhar
Yeah Mathew!
Azharul Azhar
You're making me blush - thanks!
You are the best Bruce!
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