A tuxedo is a must-have in every man’s wardrobe. It has a timeless appeal for all black-tie occasions, which is why we should explain the rules.
Keep it classic and traditional in terms of colour. Black is always the perfect option.
Take the right size and opt for a slim silhouette with sharp shoulders and proportional collars.
The shoulders should lie flat and both have a seam on top of them that should be the same lengths as the bone under it. If you´re a bit heavy on the belly, try to avoid a double breasted one and choose a two button piece instead. Keep in mind that the buttons should close easily and there should be no wrinkles around the closing area. Your leg cuffs should rest on top of your shoes, not too far and not too close.
Styling your tux with a casual V-neck T-shirt is fine if the party is at your sister’s garden and the meal is a bucket of KFC. Otherwise, it’s a traditional white tuxedo shirt.
It’s in the dress code. When “black tie” always go for a – black bow tie. No one ever won a best-dressed award for their purple one.
It you want to stand out from the crowd please do so with a pair of understated cufflinks, instead of wearing your tux with a pair of white sneakers. Black, patent-leather derbies are always the answer.
As for your watch: ditch it. Controversial, because there are some lovely dress watches out there, but wearing a watch at a black tie dinner may insult your host, as it’s a signal that you might be concerned with the time. If you do insist on wearing one then make it a slim dress watch – James Bond only wore that chunky Omega with his tux because he was sponsored to do so.
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