How to Wear a Tuxedo


A tuxedo, or dinner jacket, is a semi-formal two or three piece suit for evening wear, distinguished primarily by satin or grosgrain jacket's lapels, and similar stripes along the outseam of the trousers. As traditionally prescribed ever since the 20th century by the informal Western dress code, also known as "black tie", it is typically black or midnight blue worn with a white dress shirt, link cuffs, black bowtie and other accessories.

There are many forms of Tuxedo fabrics to choose from. Wool, satin, silk, polyester, and velvet are some of the materials. While buying a tuxedo, you have to consider various factors. Relying on the referrals of friends can be a good idea. You can also go and check out ready-made collections at various tuxedo shops and stores around your area or browse through online suits stores.

Wool Tuxedo: Generally, a wool tux can be worn during cold weather hence it wouldn’t be comfortable to wear it during hot or summer weather. You must also avoid buying low grade wool. This can be determined by the spin that is used on the wool. Wool is usually spun somewhere between 90 and 200, the higher the number better the quality.

Satin Tuxedo: The satin tuxedo is a sort of material which is pure like silk and often used in bridal wear and evening functions. It comes in gorgeous colors. The only problem with this type of tux is the high possibility of receiving a stain.

Silk Tuxedo: A silk tuxedo is made up of one of the smoothest materials on the market. This tuxedo is known for its pure softness and beauty which beholds the luxurious look. It is said to be one of the higher fabrics which gives you comfort and suits all types of weather. This material has the ability to keep one’s body cool in summer and warm in winter. It’s considered to be one of the strongest natural fabrics in the world.

Polyester Tuxedo: A Polyester tuxedo is well-known for its smooth feel and wrinkle resistant nature. It is also one of the most economical materials you can come across.This tux is created with different textures according to the occasion or where it will best suit. And if you need to buy a shirt for this tux you must go for the best matching color with a suitable style.

Velvet Tuxedo: It is a very unique fabric made of various fibers woven together and it is known for its luxurious feel. Many people prefer this material over traditional wool because of the increased comfort levels. This tux is created with different textures hence it is advisable for you to hang it rather than fold it as it wrinkles faster and cannot be ironed. You can go for a dark color which is easier to clean and can be worn with a white shirt. Consider this type of fabric for indoor occasions and events where the climate will be controlled artificially.

As an evening ensemble, a tuxedo should only be worn at night. Traditionally, this means any semi-formal event that begins at or after 6 in the evening. The tuxedo shirt is traditionally white and takes either a wing collar or a regular turndown collar with a pleated front. The tuxedo shirt is traditionally white and takes either a wing collar or a regular turndown collar with a pleated front. The bow tie should be black and match the facings’ material on your lapels. If you opt for a waistcoat, it should traditionally match your jacket and trousers. Studs that take the place of shirt buttons and cufflinks are all the jewelry you’ll need.

DO NOT FORGET: you shouldn’t wear a watch, as it’s considered rude to check the time at an event you’re supposed to be enjoying.

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