A tuxedo is the most formal attire a man will ever have the pleasure of wearing. Nothing makes a man feel as elegant and classy as when donning a tuxedo. It represents man at his finest.
There are all kinds of traditional rules which are no longer enforced by the modern day fashion men, but here are few key facts one should keep in mind while he dresses up to dress down.
Let’s take you through the basic yet important ideas about tuxedos.
Tuxedos are for evenings.
Nail the fit
The perfect jacket
Nothing beats the fit. Tuxedo is a minimalistic suit with essential details.
A tuxedo jacket is a tail-less dinner jacket made of black or midnight worsted wool. The jackets are single- breasted as well as double-breasted depends on the preference of the person. The lapels are faced in black silk. The satin silk provides smooth, high-lustre surface that emphasises the lapels.
The most formal style of lapel is ‘peaked’ and ‘shawl’. Peaked lapel style is worn with a tie or a bow tie, but the ‘shawl’ collar is the one where the lapels are joined to the collar to make an unbroken loop around the shoulder and back of the neck. With this style of lapel, only a bow tie would work the best. However, in all styles, the tie and lapel should be made up of the same fabric and the left lapel should have a functional buttonhole so that a boutonnière may be worn.
The vents are the slits at the back. A jacket can have a single slit or a twin slit. Double vents are highly preferred as it is functional as one would not sit over the rear hemline.
The pockets on the jacket should be the one with slits and not flap, however, a welt-breast pocket would work the best for a pocket square.
A tuxedo goes with a crisp white shirt. The shirts vary in terms of the placket hidden placket and student front.
A shirt with a hidden placket is the one where the buttons are covered by the layer of fabric, whereas the shirts with studded front are the ones where the buttons are replaced by metal shirt studs). Shirts with pleats and pin-tucks are widely worn to complete the tuxedo look.
The French cuff is the standard for semi-formal evening shirts,fastened with cufflinks. The buttons or studs should match or should be from the same colour family with the cufflinks.
The trouser should perfectly match the tuxedo jacket,goes without saying. Likewise, the braid of the trouser should perfectly match the material of the jacket lapel.
The waistband of the trouser should always be covered by a waistcoat or a cummerbund, therefore the trouser should be high- waisted, and should not have belt loops.
A cummerbund is a pleated sash that wraps horizontally around the waist. It is made up of the same silk as the jacket lapel facing.
A formal waistcoat vest is different from the vest of a three piece suit. It is low cut and wide. Some are backless and fastened with a buckled or buttoned strap. The vest is made from the same material as the jacket. Both single breasted and double breasted waistcoats would work with a tuxedo.
Formal patent pump shoes or lace ups.
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