Basic tuxedo rules
- The fingertips should reach the bottom of your jacket when standing.
- It shouldn’t be too loose or too tight – you be the judge on this one.
- The sleeves of your shirt should extend past your jacket by only one inch.
- For those with a wider neck or face, avoid thin ties or wing tip collared shirts which will only enhance this feature.
- If you want to fake more muscle than you have, look for jackets with a bit of a shoulder pad to make the body look more bulky.
- Avoid cummerbunds if you’re on the shorter and stockier side, because they can draw attention to the mid-section. Stick to the good ol’ fashioned vest.
- Your pants should skim the heel of your shoe in the back and break slightly over the top of your shoes.
Determine your style
Your bride-to-be may have already decided this, but if not, think about whether you want to go with a traditional style or a more formal ensemble. You’ll have to decide what type of jacket you want to sport for the occasion. Here are some of the most common:
Traditional tuxedo or black tie: These are often for formal weddings and often appear in black or grey. It’s equipped with matching trousers, a bow tie, suspenders and a vest or cummerbund.
Tailcoat: This is for a super formal evening wedding and has two tails in the back.
Morning coat: This style is traditionally worn for formal daytime weddings and is short in the front and longer in the back.
A dinner jacket: This works for a more formal occasion and is perfect for a destination wedding or a summer affair.
Decide whether you want to rent or buy
If you know you’re never going to wear a tuxedo ever again after your wedding, I would recommend renting one – it’s the cheaper option. They can run anywhere between 25 and 50 percent of the original purchase price of an average tux.
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