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How to Buy a Tuxedo

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A tuxedo is an elegant formal suit for men. Tuxedos are typically worn for evening events requiring black tie attire. Many formal events such as weddings, proms, and galas are appropriate to attend in a tuxedo. Buying a tuxedo is a good investment for a man with a busy social calendar. Because tuxedo styles have remained relatively the same for many years, you can buy one classic tuxedo and be set for life.

Steps

Choosing a Style

  1. Pick a jacket that suits your style.A standard tuxedo jacket is a single or double breasted dinner jacket without tails. Browse online catalogs or visit a local menswear retailer to view the different styles.
    • Double breasted jackets usually have four buttons, and can either have one or two buttons close the jacket. Single breasted jackets should close on only one button. You might find tuxedos that close on more buttons, but those are simply incorrect.
    • Don't wear a tailcoat unless you're going to a White Tie event, which has a similar, yet more refined dress code.
  2. Select a color, fabric and trim.Classic black is a good choice for a versatile tuxedo that can be adapted to fit most formal events. A tuxedo is typically made from worsted wool with satin trim on the pants and lapels.
    • Midnight blue and is a common color for tuxedos as well, because once the evening lights come on, midnight blue can appear to be blacker than black.
    • An off-white or ivory dinner jacket is also acceptable, however generally only when it is warmer out, and everything else in the ensemble is classic.
    • A grosgrain ribbed silk fabric is sometimes used for the lapel and pant legs trim. This fabric provides an elegant touch without as much flashy reflectiveness as satin trimmings.
    • Velour or all silk jackets are also available from some retailers. These non traditional fabrics often appear less formal than the standard worsted wool.
  3. Choose a lapel facing.The collar, or lapel, around edge of the tuxedo jacket is an important element to the look of the tux. Not only is the sheen of the fabric essential to creating the formal look of the tuxedo, the way the lapels are cut contribute to the look immensely.
    • A shawl collar is the traditional choice for a tuxedo. Shawl collars are rounded and provide an elegant minimalist look. People with round faces or figures may want to avoid the shawl collar as it may over accentuate these features.
    • A peak lapel has pointed corners that provide a flashy trim to your jacket. Peak lapels are good for men with a smaller frames to help the shoulders appear broader.
    • Try to stay far from any notch lapels. You'll see them popular in the 1920's and now, but they aren't a classic look, and they are less formal than the shawl collar or peaked lapel.
  4. Decide on a style of accessories.When wearing a tuxedo, a man should also wear a bow tie, cummerbund or low-cut waistcoat (a formal low cut vest), cufflinks, and studs.
    • The sheen of the bow tie’s fabric should match that of the jacket lapels. Shiny satin lapels should be accompanied by shiny satin bowties.
    • Cummerbunds or waistcoats depend on personal preference. A cummerbund often provides a more relaxed look, and pairs nicely with the shawl collar, while a waistcoat can provide more opportunity to show off individual style, and be more formal. When purchasing accessories, keep your color choices conservative to maximize the appropriateness and level of formality of your outfit. Cummerbunds generally are safe if they're black or sometimes maroon, but waistcoats can be black, white, or a combination thereof. Burgundy is a tasteful alternative, as well. If you chose a waistcoat, make sure it is cut low in the front so in can expose more of your decorated shirt bosom.
    • Cufflinks and studs help complete the formal look of the tuxedo. Gold or silver cufflinks should match the metal trim of studs for a complete look.
  5. Pick out a tuxedo shirt.Tuxedo shirts vary in style, so it is important to know what will look good as well.
    • The more informal option is to have a shirt with a pleated front, french cuffs, and a turndown collar (a collar like what is on most dress shirts). The pleated bosom can instead be piqué, a special kind of woven cotton. The shirt can close with studs, or it can close with regular buttons hidden by an extra piece of fabric over the shirt placket.
    • The more formal shirt will have a high wing collar, and single cuffs. This shirt will usually have a piqué bosom that should be starched as stiff as a board. an alternative is to have pleats with this collar and cuff arrangement, just make sure the pleated bosom is ironed crisply, and the collar is very tall. Detachable wing collars can provide a nice crisp formal look.

Finding a Retailer

  1. Visit a store that sells men's clothing.Department stores or specialty men's clothing stores are the best bet for tuxedos. Most department stores have a men’s department and sell formalwear. Other retailers specialize in men's clothing and sell only menswear. High end stores will typically have a larger selection of tuxedos and formal wear.
    • Ask to speak with a fitting specialist to help decide on the right size jacket and pants for your body size.
    • Ask about tailoring services at the time of purchase to see get the fit just right.
  2. Browse the racks of a thrift store.You can often find tuxedo jackets and pants at highly discounted prices at local thrift stores. Because most thrift stores sell items separately, it may be difficult to find exact matches of brands or designers. If you are on a budget, this can be a good alternative to visiting an expensive men’s clothing retailer. You won’t be able to get any specialized fitting assistance or tailoring from a thrift store.
  3. Look at local consignment shops.Purchasing a used tuxedo can be a budget friendly option if you are concerned about getting a matching set from a particular designer. Some consignment shops perform in house tailoring for a fee when you purchase an item. Before to ask about these services before purchasing so that you can get a tuxedo that fits your body well.

Tailoring the Fit

  1. Have the measurements of your body taken.A formal look requires the clothing to fit just right. The jacket should fit snugly, but not so tight that it is stretched. Pants should be worn around the waist and come to just above the heel without bunching around the shoe.
    • Measure around your neck. The fit of your shirt will depend on the diameter around your neck. Make sure that your collar is not too tight around the neck or your formalwear will quickly become uncomfortable.
    • Measure the length from the shoulder to the wrist. This measurement is important for your shirt size and in tailoring the jacket for the perfect fit.
    • Get the measurement of your chest. Measure under your armpits fully around your body. This measurement will determine your jacket size.
    • Measure around your waist. Remember your waist measurement is higher than your hips just under your navel. This measurement determines half of your pants size.
    • Measure your inseam. The inseam is taken from the crotch to the ankle. This determines the length of your pants.
    • Take your overall height and weight. These measurements will help a tailor determine the length of your jacket and any additional considerations when tailoring your tuxedo.
  2. Arrange for a tailor make alterations to the tux.Many retailers provide tailoring services in house or contract with a local tailor for fittings. Tailoring the tuxedo is an important part for getting the perfect fit.
    • Many local dry cleaners also offer tailoring services. Research local vendors to find a tailor near to you.
    • Ask friends or family for recommendations on tailors to find quality and trusted service.
  3. Test the fit to ensure that it is right.After tailoring is complete make sure to try on the tuxedo to determine if any final adjustments need to be made. If the tuxedo does not fit right, the formal look of the outfit may be compromised.

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  • Renting a tuxedo is a good budget choice if you are only wearing it for one specific event.
  • High end stores often have personal consultants that can provide advice on styles and fit.
  • Stick to black colors and traditional stylings to maintain an elegant look that will last.
  • Consider how often you will wear the tux and cost of purchasing a tuxedo when deciding what to buy. Tuxedos range from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand for designer brands.
  • Make sure to try on each piece of the tuxedo before you buy and after any alterations are performed.





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