How to wear a tuxedo is a little complicated, but at the same time, not quite so complex. That makes very little sense, but you’ll understand the logic once you read a bit more into the article. In order to properly wear a tuxedo, you need to know what exactly a tuxedo is and how to appropriately wear one. Contrary to ignorant belief, any old suit is not a tuxedo; those tacky, shiny mint-green suits the nerdy jockholes wore to the prom to match their dates’ dresses, for example, are not tuxedos. The white jackets waiters sometimes wear with butter and parsley down the backs are also not tuxedos. Read on to find out how to assemble a suitable (pun intended) tuxedo, from top to bottom.
- Black and blue. No, you don’t have to get hurt for the sake of looking good, but you should know that a tuxedo is always either solid black or dark blue. Anything in a different shade or pattern is not a tuxedo and should not be worn to an event listed as ‘black tie’.
- No clip-ons. You need a bowtie if you’re intending to wear a tuxedo, not a neck tie. And you really should get an actual bowtie, not one that clips on like a bloody nametag. Come on, don’t get all gussied up in a nice dinner suit and get lazy on the tie; if you need help tying one, have someone at a tuxedo rental store show you how to do it.
- Style. There are several different styles of tuxedos available, the most popular choices being the single- and double-breasted versions, with the shawl collar style following close behind. Notched collars are another, but slightly less, popular option. As far as jackets go, you can wear either a regular one or a tailcoat, both of which look great at a formal event.
- Extra stuff. It’s pretty typical to wear a tuxedo along with a little something extra, such as a vest or a cummerbund; despite its humorous name, a cummerbund is an item very often worn with a tuxedo. Basically, it’s that sash that goes around the man’s waist to cover the area where the shirt is tucked into the pants, and it’s usually black or red and makes a tux look very stylish and proper. There’s other stuff you can include, like a ruffled shirt or a tuxedo scarf, both of which look stupid, so include at your own reputation’s risk.
- Wear a suit, not a costume. When you wear a tuxedo, there are a couple things you should refrain from wearing with it, or at least if you want people to take you seriously. Firstly, don’t wear a top hat – seriously, do you ever see anyone wearing a top hat with a suit except that dork in Sailor Moon? And no white gloves either – they’ll make you look like a ringleader more than anything. And while walking sticks look cool, they’ll also just make it look like you’re trying way too hard to be Mr. Epic Fancy Suit, unless you actually need a stick to walk.
Don’t assume the people who are at the event with you are morons who can’t tell the difference between a proper tuxedo and a suit. There aren’t that many places where a tuxedo is mandatory or appropriate, so if you have to wear one, consider it an infrequent occurrence and wear the bloody thing right. You never know whose eye you might catch.