6 Tips You Must Know For Wearing A Tuxedo

Posted on August 28 2018

Tuxedos, when properly pulled off, have a way of making men appear stylish yet formal. The big issue is,they can be a bit difficult to pull off. Every man hopes to wear a tux with style, charisma and success and that is achievable; you just need to understand the basics.

6 Tips To Help You Properly Wear A Tuxedo

Here are six basic tips to help you properly rock a tux :

1. Make sure it is well fitted :

If you are going to wear a tux, make sure it is tailored to suit your body shape. Do not go for something uncomfortable in any way. A tuxedo should not be big or loose. Ensure you are able to move your arms freely and the jacket should sit properly on your shoulders without any tugging, pulling or creasing and the shoulder pads should fit properly..Half an inch of your shirt should be visible from your jacket sleeves, the aim is to show off your cufflinks. Ensure the back of the suit jacket falls neatly when fastened and the fabric around the stomach areashould be close to your body but should not hug or be tight in an uncomfortable way.

2. Choose a dark color :

The classic tuxedo color is black. Dark colors have a way of creating a sharp contrast that highlights how formal the event is. They give you this classic manly look that increases your confidence. Although black is a given, you can experiment with other dark shades like midnight blue. Under artificial light, this color looks darker and gives your look an edge too.

Resist the urge to go for a lighter shade, especially white. It can be extremely difficult to look good in a white tux, in fact it takes a lot of effort. So, keep it dark, but feel free to experiment with small touches. You can look for interesting button and lapel details to spice things up.

3. Use a white colored dress shirt :

A white dress shirt is the best option for nailing a tuxedo look. When worn with a black jacket, it creates a sharp contrast that oozes style and class. You can either go for a winged collar or a turned down collar. Depends on the event.

White Shirt

Blue Suit

Winged collars are usually for very formal events while turned down collars are meant for less formal occasions. However, they both look good with a tuxedo. Pair your dress shirt with black or silver French cufflinks, anything other than this puts you at the risk of making a fashion blunder. 

4. Wear a bow tie :

For someone new to tuxedos or who is yet to get a hang of how to properly pull it off, it is best you stick to a bow tie.As much as you should acknowledge the black bow tie look, you can also experiment with pinstripe, grayscale or blue hues. However, only do this if you are absolutely sure that you can pull this off. Using a bow tie on a tuxedo, underscores the V shape created when you button up the coat. This in turn ensures that your shoulders appear broader while your waist look slim, which is the exact body shape you need to perfectly pull off a tux.

5. Pay attention to your shoes :

When you decide to pull off a tux, it is best you do it right, from head to toe. Yourshoes form an important part of your dressing, so do pay attention to them. You can pair a tux with ordinary leather or even patent leather, in the form of formal pumps, with a black ribbon tied into a bow across the top. Avoid loafers, slip on styles or sneakers. Recently, People have begun to experiment with Oxford dress shoes and they seem to go well with tuxedos too. If you are confident, you can try this.For stylish tux shoes, you can look to Jimmy Choo or Giuseppe Zanottifor classic variations.

6. Cross your Ts' and do your Is' :

Pay attention to little details like pocket flaps, pocket squares, buttons, lapel and so on. Go for pockets that are jetted and avoid flap pockets as they give a sport look. Silky white pocket squares are usually the best option. Also, for single breasted jackets, ensure there is only one button with a peaked label or shawl collar. All these tiny details work together to give you a stunning tuxedo look.

Finally, when standing, the tuxedo jacket should be closed to highlight the natural form of the body. However, when seated, the jacket should be undone as it can get a bit uncomfortable. The key to pulling off a tuxedo look is confidence and modesty. Do not do anything that will jeopardize your comfort. 

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