QHow to Rent a Tuxedo
That's a question we hear quite often. It's a very simple process really, but one that most people may not be familiar with. Actually, you can complete most of the process right here on our website in terms of making a tuxedo selection.
Here's a simple list of points showing you how to rent a tuxedo from NYCTUX:
- CHOOSE YOUR TUXEDO
you may accomplish this by browsing through the TUXEDOS section of NYCTUX.com. Most styles we offer at our stores can be viewed here.
- CHOOSE YOUR TUXEDO ACCESSORIES
- CHOOSE A NYCTUX Store
visit our interactive Store Locator to find the Jim's Retailer closest to you. You'll have access to their store address and phone number. Some of our Retailers have websites, too - you'll see their links.
All Jim's Formal Wear Retailers listed in the Store Locator of our website (Find A Store) have access to the same tuxedos and accessories. In other words, you will be able to rent or purchase any tuxedo or accessory item you see on our website at the store of any Jim's Retailer.
- VISIT a NYCTUX Store
you may place your order at this time. Expect to have your measurements taken. Style advice and wedding planning advice is readily available; don't hesitate to ask as our retailers are formalwear experts.
You may be asked to place a small downpayment on your rental. Before you leave, you will have confirmed availability of your tux and accessory styles for your wear date.
- PICK UP YOUR TUXEDO
when you return to an NYCTUX Location store, you'll have the opportunity to try your tuxedo on for a final fitting. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have.
- ENJOY YOUR EVENT
we'll leave this part up to you!
- RETURN YOUR TUXEDO
NYCTUX will expect your tuxedo returned to the store the next business day after your event. Inquire about their return policies; late fees may apply!
- CHOOSE YOUR TUXEDO
Where Are Your Prices Posted?
You won't find any tuxedo rental prices listed on our site! Why? Each NYCTUX store sets their rental prices and policies based on their local market conditions.
Tuxedo rental prices can vary dramatically from market to market. It would be impossible for us to post accurate prices on this website for each retailer. Many of our retailers run special, localized promotions and pricing programs to benefit the consumer.
A Timeline for Ordering Wedding Tuxedos
3 to 6 months before the wedding...
- Find the nearest NYCTUX Tuxedo shop here. You'll have access to the stores address and phone number.
- Visit the store to register your wedding and begin the tuxedo selection process.
- You may also browse various tuxedo styles on our website before or after you visit the store. We carry a large select of tuxedos, accessories, limos, and more.
2 to 5 months before the wedding...
- Select your Tuxedo and Accessory Styles with an NYCTUX Tuxedo shop and place your order.
- Contact any out of town groomsemen you may have, and arrange for them to acquire their measurements localy.
- Consider sending an e-mail with a link to our website showing your groosemen the styles they will be wearing.
6 to 8 weeks before the wedding...
- Out-of-Town Groomsmen measurements should be collected and given to your local NYCTUX Tuxedo shop.
- The Groom and any local Groomsmen should visit your local NYCTUX Tuxedo shop to be measured and fitted for their tuxedos.
1 week before the wedding...
- The groom and groomsmen should visit your local NYCTUX Tuxedo shop 2-3 days before the wedding for final fittings, adjustments and to pick up the tuxedos. Make sure that each person tries on his tuxedo before leaving the store.
The first business day after the wedding...
- Return the tuxedos to your local NYCTUX Tuxedo shop. Late returns may be subject to a fee! Consider having the Best Man be responsible for this duty.
Measurements for Out of Towners
The groom's brother (the best man) lives in Los Angeles. You live in Atlanta and that's where the wedding will be held. His flight arrives the day before the wedding. How do you acquire his measurements to order his tux if he's a whole country away?
Don't worry! You can solve this problem by downloading the Out-of-Town Groomsmen Measurement Form available here! Use the form as a tool to collect the tux measurements from anybody who is too far from your chosen NYCTUX Tuxedo shop to be measured.
Become familiar with the form and the information required. Gathering measurements is simple, but very critical for a proper fit!
If your groomsmen have access to the Internet, they can visit this webpage and print the form themselves.
You may also choose to print a form for each of your groomsmen and drop the forms in the mail.
Have your gentlemen visit an NYCTUX Tuxedo shop to be measured. If a NYCTUX Tuxedo shop is not close, a professional tailor or menswear shop is a good alternative.
Once your gentlemen have their measurements taken and the form completed, have them send the form to you!
Collect the forms and deliver or send them to your NYCTUX Tuxedo shop at least four to six weeks prior to the date of your affair. Your NYCTUX Tuxedo shop will pick up the tux ordering process from here!
Once the gentlemen get into town the week of the wedding, have them visit your local Jim's Retailer to pick up their tuxes!
They should all try on their ensembles to make sure they properly fit before leaving the store. Your local NYCTUX Tuxedo shop will be able to handle any last minute alterations at that time.
Can I Measure Myself for a Tuxedo Rental?
NYCTUX.com - DO NOT Measure yourself for a tuxedo!
It may seem really simple to measure yourself for a tuxedo, but it's important to remember that it's next to impossible to acquire accurate measurements!
An inaccurate measurement that may be off by only an inch may get you a tuxedo coat that's one or two sizes too big or small.
It's best to count on your local NYCTUX Tuxedo shop to measure you for your formal affair. They have been professionally trained in proper measuring techniques.
Tuxedos For Little Boys
Yes, We Have Tuxedos For Your Littlest Gentleman...
We carry Tuxedos & Formal Accessories for little boys!
Every one of our Tuxedo Styles starts at boys' size 3. A few styles even start as small as a boys size 2.
If you're thinking of including a little guy in your wedding party as a Ring Bearer or Mini-Groom, we'll be able to offer a style in his size.
Are Tuxedos Available in Other Colors?
Let us answer that question by saying most tuxedo available in our rental line is shown here on our website. If a tuxedo is available in multiple colors, all of the shades will have their own image shown here on our website.
If you aren't able to find a specific tuxedo color on our site, it may still exist or be available in the marketplace. We have the contacts and avenues to help you find what you want, so don't hesitate to contact us with your needs.
Should I Rent or Purchase a Tuxedo?
It's important for you, as a consumer, to make informed purchasing decisions. If you are on the fence about renting or purchasing a tuxedo, the brief article below will give you some important points to consider before you make your decision.
In recent years, you may have noticed that many 'big box' and chain retailers are carrying inexpensive retail tuxedos. In many of these stores, you can purchase a coat and pant for $99. These garments have been termed 'disposable tuxedos' by many because of the poor quality in which they were constructed. Before you consider purchasing one of these tuxedos, we ask that you become aware of the following points:
- The advertised $99 price only includes a coat and pant. Adding a shirt will cost an additional $20-$30, a vest and tie will cost an additional $30-$50, and a pair of shoes will cost about $50. The total cost for a complete tuxedo ensemble can be over $200.
- Typically, retail tuxedo accessories (ties and vests) are only worn once, to match a dress: bridesmaid, prom or other. Assuming your date will be wearing a different colored dress to each event, you will likely have to purchase a $30-$50 vest and tie set every time you attend a function.
- Prior to purchasing a tuxedo, you should take into consideration the cost of maintaining the garment. A typical dry cleaner will charge over $20 to clean the entire tuxedo (coat, pant, shirt, tie and vest). Don't forget that there is an ongoing expense every time you wear your own tuxedo.
- If you wear a tuxedo rental to each of your functions, you have the flexibility to change both tuxedo and accessory style for each event. Simply choose different styles when you place your order!
- Depending on how often your weight fluctuates, there is the possibility that your tuxedo will not fit the next time you need to wear it.
- You should also consider the useable life of a tuxedo that can be purchased for only $99. In a recent experiment, we purchased a $99 retail tuxedo from an undisclosed retailer. After five dry cleanings, the tuxedo experienced some de-lamination in the frontal area (this is when the fabric on the outside becomes separated from the fusing on the inside of the jacket.) This de-lamination causes a "puckering" effect on the outside of the tuxedo. While the garment can still be worn, it is a matter of personal preference as to whether or not it is acceptable for continued use. It is also important to remember that this was simply dry cleaning the garment, and didnít take into consideration the abuse that occurs when the tuxedo is actually worn.
- It is important to remember that the times in your life when you'll be wearing a tuxedo are some of the most special times in your life! These are the times that you should look and feel your very best. The quality of the rental tuxedo you'll receive from any NYCTUX Tuxedo Shop is far superior to the quality of any tuxedo you can purchase for $99. There's no question - you will look and feel better in a higher quality tuxedo.
If you are certain that purchasing a tuxedo is the best thing for you, keep in mind that you can purchase tuxedos from NYCTUX. In addition to many of our rental garments being available for sale, new tuxedos are available for purchase as well. Our tuxedos will last much longer than some of the cheaper alternatives in the marketplace, and you will look and feel much better when you're wearing it! Find a NYCTUX retail location nearest you, here.
Important Finishing & Fitting Tips
Button Your Jacket!
During a fitting, make sure you button your jacket. If it produces an hour glass shape, the coat may be too tight. If it looks 'boxy,' it may be too big. No matter whether you are slim, stocky or muscular, a properly fitted jacket will taper slightly at the waist.
Pay Attention To Your Shoulders...
The shoulder padding of your tuxedo jacket should not extend beyond the tip of your shoulders and hang down your arm. If so, your jacket is too big! Conversely, if a significant crease or roll appears below the jacket collar in back, your jacket may be too small.
How Many Buttons Should be Buttoned?
You should never button all of the buttons on your tuxedo coat! As a general rule, you should leave the bottom button undone. This rule applies if you are wearing a two, three, four or five button coat. If you're wearing a one button style, however, you should button the one button!
The Pant Leg Should Break Where?
The perfect length pant leg breaks slightly on top of the shoe and angles a bit downward.
To properly judge the fit of your trousers, you should wear your formal shoes when trying on your pants.
Your Trousers' Waistband...
Our formal trousers come with an adjustable waist band of three inches. Fear not, your pants won't be too tight! With the adjustable waist band, you'll have some flexibility and a comfortable fit.
On a properly fitted pair of formal trousers, the waistband should be even with the gentleman's navel.
How Much Shirt Sleeve Should We See Under the Coat?
Shirt sleeves should extend one quarter to one half inch beyond the jacket's sleeves.
A Properly Fitted Collar...
A formal shirt collar should wrap smoothly around the neck. If you can slip more than one finger between the collar and your neck, your shirt is too big. If no fingers fit, your shirt is too small.
Do The Wing Tips Go On Top or Behind?
The tips or flaps on a wing collar shirt should sit BEHIND your bow tie; not on top of it.
How Do Cufflinks & Studs Get Inserted Into The Shirt?
We have a web page showing you how to handle Cufflinks and Studs.
Rules for the Bottom Button of a Fullback Vest...
If your vest is a six button fullback vest, it is OK to unbutton the bottom button. This also keeps the vest from bunching when you sit down.
If the vest has five or less buttons, all buttons should remain buttoned.
Cover Up Your Waistband with your Cummerbund or Vest...
Both cummerbunds and vests should cover the top waistband of your formal trousers when worn properly.
Fullback Vests Just Look Better...
If you think you may remove your tuxedo jacket during the reception, opt for a fullback vest. It's a much cleaner, well-dressed look when your coat is off.
When To Wear Suspenders...
You may wear suspenders with a cummerbund. However, you should not wear suspenders with a vest unless you desperately need them to help keep your pants up!
The Pleats Face Up On Your Cummerbund...
Cummerbunds are worn with the pleats facing up. It's said they are worn that way to hold your opera tickets and catch any crumbs that fall in your lap!
How Do I Fold A Pocket Square?
We have a web page showing you three methods to fold a pocket square.
Flowers Go On The Left Lapel...
A boutonniere should be worn on the left lapel and tilted slightly outward.
What Color Shoes Do I Need?
Allow your pants color to dictate your shoe color...
Black formal shoes and socks should be worn when your tuxedo pants are black. When your tuxedo pants are white, choose white formal shoes and socks. Likewise for ivory and brown...
Formal Shoes Are The Best Choice... Always!
Any old pair of black leather shoes are not appropriate with a tuxedo. Black patent formal shoes are the best way to go! Be sure to wear the correct color socks, too. Black socks with a black tuxedo, white socks with a white tuxedo, ivory socks with an ivory tuxedo and brown socks with a brown tuxedo. We have all the colors of socks you may need, so please ask your NYCTUX Store to order!
About Cufflinks and Studs
Cufflinks and Studs are generally worn with most formal shirts and may also be referred to as 'Formal Jewelry.' We receive a number of questions asking how to insert the Cufflinks and Studs into the shirt. The information below should be just what you need to properly wear your jewelry.
When you rent your NYCTUX tuxedo, it will come with a small bag containing two Cufflinks and four Studs. The color of your jewelry may vary depending on your choice of tux style.
With your shirt on, pinch the cuffs of your sleeve together in the manner shown.
You may be tempted to fold the edges of the cuffs together to form a cylinder shape, but it's best to wear your cuffs in the manner shown. This way is more appropriate and stylish.
Insert the Cufflink through both holes in the shirt's cuff. The colored part of the Cufflink (usually black or ivory), should face the outside when your arm is at your side.
On the backside of the cuff, flip the bar to hold the Cufflink in place.
Locate your set of Studs for the next step...
Most tuxedo shirts will have specially designed Stud holes in place of button holes.
Each Stud should first be fed through the back Stud hole on the formal shirt. Ignore the pearl button that may be present on your shirt. It is not needed if studs are worn.
Then, with the Stud acting as a button, feed it through the front hole in the formal shirt. This will secure the shirt front closed.
Smooth out any wrinkles your fingers may have made and move on to the next three Studs. After that, you're ready for your formal event!Please Note:
If you're wearing a bow tie with your tuxedo, you will definitely need to wear Studs in the front of your formal shirt.
If you are wearing a windsor tie with your tuxedo, you will only receive Cufflinks with your NYCTUX Tuxedo. No Studs are necessary as they would be covered by the tie.
If you need additional assistance, do not hesitate to call your local NYCTUX Store where you rented your tuxedo.
How To Fold A Pocket Square
Three Ways To Fold A Pocket Square:
'Square Folded' Style
This is a really easy way to wear a pocket square, and it still looks great.
All you have to do to prepare the pocket square is to fold it into quarters and insert it into your tuxedo's pocket.
Make sure the fold is lined up parallel with the top of the tux pocket as seen in the picture.
For lack of a better term, we call this method the 'poofy style' of folding a pocket square.
To prepare your pocket square, lay it down flat on a table. Now, grab it by the middle and let the fabric bunch up slightly in your fingertips.
Insert the pocket square straight into your tux pocket with the corners down. Straighten and 'poof' the pocket square a bit so it looks like the photo.
Tug the pocket square to make it fill the width of the tux's pocket.
'Corners Up' Style
As its name implies, the 'corners up' method of folding your pocket square allows the corners to peek out the top!
Again, place the pocket square flat on a table and pick it up by the middle. However, this time, insert the 'bunched up material' down into your pocket first.
The corners of your pocket square should stick up and out of the top of the pocket.
Traditional and Contemporary Wedding Etiquette Guides
The attire you wear for your wedding will depend largely on the kind of wedding you and your fiancee' want to have.
The size of the guest list, how many attendants you'll have, the time and location of the event - all of these things will help determine how formal your wedding will be. There's a formalwear style for every kind of wedding, day or night, traditional or modern.
The guides below will give you a brief rundown of the two most common types of weddings - traditional & contemporary - and the men's formal attire that goes with each.
To illustrate, tuxedo and accessory examples can be seen by clicking the links within the Traditional and Contemporary Etiquette charts themselves. The examples shown are very helpful!
Finally, use these guidelines, but remember your choices should reflect your own personal tastes as well - particularly when it comes to the use of color and themes...
A Traditional WeddingParticipantVery Formal EveningFormal EveningVery Formal DaytimeSemi Formal EveningGroom
Black Fulldress (tailcoat) with white wing collar pique' shirt, pique' vest and bow tie. May wear sprig from bride's bouquet as boutonniere. Black Tuxedo, white pleated formal shirt, bow tie, vest or cummerbund to match tuxedo lapels. White dinner jacket with formal trousers for summer or tropical climates. Cutaway coat, grey striped trousers, grey vest, ascot or striped four-in-hand tie. Optional
top hat, spats, grey gloves.
Grey stroller, with striped trousers, grey vest, four-in-hand tie with white pleated formal shirt. Gloves are optional.Best Man, Groomsmen, Ushers, Junior Groomsmen Identical to groom with different boutonnieres. Same as groom, perhaps with different boutonniere. Similar to groom in style with possible variation in tie or shirt. Identical to groom with different boutonnieres.Fathers, Grandfathers Identical to groom with different boutonnieres. Same as groomsmen. Same as groom or same as ushers. Same as groom or same as ushers.Ringbearer Identical to groom. Identical to groom. Identical to groom. Identical to groom.Guests May wear tuxedos or, if you specify 'White Tie' on your invitations, guests should wear fulldress identical to groom. Should be formally dressed. Specify 'Black Tie' on invitations. You may suggest 'Traditional Morning Attire' on invitations if you would like your guests to be formally dressed. Formalwear optional.
A Contemporary WeddingParticipantVery Formal EveningFormal EveningVery Formal DaytimeSemi Formal EveningGroom
Black Fulldress or other color tailcoat applicable. Formal shirt, vest or cummerbund. If wearing black fulldress, wear white wing collar shirt with white vest and bow tie. Tuxedo or tailcoat in range of colors - dark for fall/winter, lighter shades for spring/summer - or white for any time of year. Formal shirt should be white. Cutaway coat, grey striped trousers, grey vest, ascot or striped four-in-hand tie. Tuxedo or tailcoat in range of colors - dark for fall/winter, lighter shades for spring/summer or tropical climates.Best Man, Groomsmen, Ushers, Junior Groomsmen Similar to groom, or same as ushers, or in a classic tuxedo. Similar tailcoats or tuxedos to groom. Choose colored vests to match bridesmaid dresses. Similar to groom in style or can wear matching stroller coats with striped or matching trousers. Similar to the groom. Coordinated in color with bridesmaid dresses.Fathers, Grandfathers Same as groom, or same as ushers, or in a classic tuxedo. Similar to ushers or in classic tuxedo. Same as groom or same as ushers, or in classic tuxedo. Either similar to male attendants or own choice of tux.Ringbearer Same as groom. Same as groom. Same as groom, or wear stroller. Same as groom or groomsmen.Guests Formalwear similar to groom. Consider specifying 'Black Tie Invited' on invitation; guests should wear black tuxedos. Formalwear optional. Consider specifying 'Black Tie Invited' on invitations. Formalwear optional. Formalwear optional.
Black Tie Events: What To Wear and When
When you receive an invitation that says: 'Black Tie'
If the event you are attending is 'black tie' and the invitation says the same, you are expected to wear a tuxedo.
All guests invited to this function are required and expected to wear formalwear. However, this term does not mean you have to wear a black tie!
Feel free to choose any color of accessories to complement your date's attire.
When the invitation says: 'Black Tie Preferred'
This means the host of the party prefers to see all guests in formalwear. You could wear a dark suit, but tuxedos are preferred.
When the invitation says: 'Black Tie Invited or Optional'
In this case, it is not mandatory to wear a tuxedo. However, you will probably see more tuxedos than dark suits at these affairs. Black tuxedos and white or ivory dinner jackets with black trousers are appropriate. However, dinner jackets should only be worn between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
When the invitation says: 'White Tie'
This term means you must wear black tails with black trousers and a white pique' formal shirt, bow tie and vest. This ensemble is known as the 'ultra formal look' and if your event calls for it, you should not wear anything else!
What to wear on a Destination Wedding or a Cruise:
Almost anything goes for a Destination Wedding... even a black tuxedo. Choosing vests with lighter colors is a wise choice. Our Stephen Geoffrey Alfresco is just one appropriate style that we offer.
Many cruises will have a formal event when formal wear is appropriate. It may not be required, but it is suggested that you wear a tuxedo.
Any black tuxedo will be suited for a cruise with the exception of tailcoats. Dinner jackets are great choices as well. If you have multiple formalwear nights on your cruise, consider a black tuxedo and a dinner jacket!
Tuxedos and Body Types
Choose A Style That Looks Good On You!
Many women find that all men look better in a tuxedo. But contrary to appearances, not all tuxedos are alike. Subtle differences in jackets, collars and pant styles can be flattering or fatal, depending on your body type. Pick the tuxedo that's best for your body type!
Short and slender gentlemen...
should look for single breasted jackets with long lines (it elongates the body). Selection of the right pant style is key, too. Double pleated trousers are a good choice for gentlemen with short, slender frames. And the perfect pant leg should always break slightly on top of the shoe and angle a bit downward in back.
This body type can wear vests and ties in colors and patterns.
Short and stocky gentlemen...
with athletic or muscular body types look best in tuxedo jackets with slim collars. The top button should fall at the small of the waist to give the torso a leaner look. Pants should extend as low as possible on the foot, angled slightly in the back to elongate the leg. Be sure to avoid too much of a break on the foot, otherwise the pant will look sloppy.
Choose colorful vests and ties carefully.
Tall and husky gentlemen...
with broad shoulders and muscular frames look best in shawl collar tuxedos. Jacket length is especially important. To determine a good fit, we suggest that the gentleman place his arms at his sides and relax his hands and fingers. His fingertips should touch the bottom of the jacket and his shirt sleeves should extend one quarter to one half inch beyond the jacket sleeve. The fit of the jacket may need to be just a bit loose to provide ease of movement.
Also, gentlemen with thick necks and wide faces should avoid narrow ties and wing tip collared shirts that look constrictive. Instead, opt for a laydown collar shirt and bow ties.
Choose colorful vests and ties carefully.
Tall and slim gentlemen...
look well in just about every tuxedo style! Jacket buttons closed up high on the waistline look especially good and a high shoulder line is better than a natural one. Garments should be full, while still following the lines of the body, and trousers should have a higher rise with more of a break in the pant.
This body type can easily wear vests and ties in colors and patterns.
The Differences Between a Tuxedo and a Suit
There are a number of significant differences between a Tuxedo and a Suit. It's important to know these before you make a decision about which one to wear to your event!
A TUXEDO will be adorned with satin lapels, satin covered buttons and satin stripes down the pant legs. Pocket trims may also be satin covered. In addition, some tuxedos will feature special lapel designs that add interest and style to the tuxedo coat. It's these satin trimmings that make a tuxedo the only choice for formal affairs. Black tuxedos are typically tailored of wool and lighter colored tuxedos are usually made of polyester.
SUITS do not feature any satin trimmings at all. Suits are much simpler in design and feature a notch or peak lapel. Suits are also typically made of wool or polyester and are available in solid or striped fabrics.
Accessories vary between Tuxedos and Suits as well. Formal shirts may or may not have pleats on the front of the shirt, and they will never offer a pocket on the front of the shirt like a suit shirt will. Vests, cummerbunds, bow ties, and pocket squares, which are worn with tuxedos, are generally made of satin. Many of these items should not be worn with a suit.
Lastly, shoes should not be forgotten and are important to finishing your ensemble. Formal shoes made of patent leather are the shoes of choice with a tuxedo. Shoes with a more subtle, matte finish should be worn with a suit.
A Tuxedo Rental is the appropriate choice if you find yourself in these social situations:
» If you are a Groom, Groomsman, or Usher in a wedding » If you are attending a 'Black or White Tie Invited' event » If you are attending a Prom or Homecoming » If you are going on a cruise and expect to attend a Formal Dinner on some evenings
A Suit Rental is the appropriate choice if you find yourself in these social situations:
» If you are going on a Job Interview » If you are making a Court Appearance » If you are attending a funeral or have been asked to be a pallbearer » If you are having Family or Graduation Photos taken
See a Glossary of Formalwear Terms
A cravat with wide square ends; secured with an ornamental pin.
Narrow welted edging on coat body above pocket lip.
BLACK TIE INVITED
An event where a tuxedo or dinner jacket is encouraged but not required. If not a tuxedo, proper dressy attire (coat and tie) is necessary.
BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
An event where a tuxedo or dinner jacket may be worn but is not required. Proper dressy attire (suit, not a sport coat) is necessary.
BLACK TIE REQUIRED
An event where a tuxedo or dinner jacket is required. Don't even think about attending without one.
A flower or small bunch of flowers worn in a button hole. From Old French, buttonhole.
Standard formal attire. Wide array of fabrics, colors and patterns. Black is always the preferred choice. Available usually pre-tied with a neck band to wear on a wing-collar or dress-collar shirt. Be bold, buy a black silk tie that you tie yourself. Very James Bond-like.
The English term for suspenders. Usually of the button-on variety but also available as clip-on.
A straight black cane with white tips on both ends. Traditionally carried when wearing "white tie and tails". Usually accompanied by white gloves and a top hat.
CONTINENTAL VEST (aka waistcoat)
A backless vest designed to accommodate varied sizes of men. Available in a wide array of colors and fabric patterns. With the exception of boys sizes and extra-large sizes, vest comes as a 'one size fits all.' Includes adjustable strapping at the back of the neck for length and across the lower back to adjust the waist.
Traditional formal attire. Usually available in gold, silver, silver plate, gold plate, and nickel-plate. Normally coordinated with four shirt studs worn on the front placket of the shirt in lieu of buttons.
A broad sash, especially one that is pleated lengthwise and worn as an article of formal dress, as with a dinner jacket. Worn so the open side of the pleats are up (as if to hold opera tickets).
CUTAWAY (aka morning coat)
Classic daytime formal attire that used to be worn only for events prior to noon. Now acceptable up until mid-afternoon, but never for evenings. A charcoal grey or black coat with a long coachman back. The front of the coat "cuts away from the button down. Worn with a dove grey or black vest, striped or pin-dot ascot, wing collar shirt, and either striped or nailhead pants. Black formal shoes or dress calfskin shoes are a must.
Traditionally, for summer, white, off-white or Sahara tan. Panama weave, single or double-breasted, self-faced shawl collar dinner jacket with black formal trousers. Worn with a white pleated wing-collar or spread-collar shirt.
The number of inches smaller the trouser waist of a suit is than the coat. A size 40 regular suit, for example, usually has a 6 inch trouser drop... a 34 inch waist.
A soft felt hat with a fairly low crown creased lengthwise and a brim that can be turned up or down.
The simplest of neckwear knots to tie. Name comes from a coach being drawn by four horse in two teams, driven in tandem by a single person. Young blades took up the sport, organized into clubs and adopted the professional coachman's tie as a mark of distinction. A four-in-hand is a small knot for wear with a narrow-spread collar.
FULLBACK VEST (aka waistcoat)
Similar to a continental vest but with a full satin back like on a traditional three-piece suit. Usually found with an adjustable strap across the lower back to cinch-in any excess fabric. Available in as many as eight sizes.
The seam on a coat where collar meets lapel.
A slanted flap pocket on a coat. Rarely found in formal wear.
A silk or satin fabric square folded in a variety of manners and placed in the outer breast pocket of a tuxedo. Does not have to match the vest but should complement the colors in the tie and or vest.
Classic zigzag effect resembling the backbone of a herring. Achieved by altering the direction of a twill.
Contrasting warp and filling yarns giving a two-color effect.
An intricate, variegated, self-pattern weave with clear finish. Named for the Frenchman who invented the loom in the early 19th century.
The difference between inseam and outseam of trousers. Several inches shorter than normal rise depending on the designer. Favored by the young and slim.
The difference between the inseam and outseam of trousers. (Normal rise for size 32 regular, for example, is 10 7/8" (10 1/8" for 32 short and 11 1/8" for 32 long. Rise increases 1/8" for each increase in waist size.)
NOTCHED (NOTCH) LAPEL
Type of lapel on which the top line slants down in line with the collar seam.
A fabric woven or printed with colorful curved (amoeba-like) abstract figures.
PEAKED (PEAK) LAPEL
Type of lapel on which the top line slants up from the horizontal.
Fine grade, long bred staple crossbreed of Sea Island and Egyptian cotton, developed in Pima County, Arizona.
One of the strands in a yarn, 2-ply would indicate that two strands have been twisted together to make one yarn.
Type of low-cut, slip-on shoe for formal evening wear. Does not have laces or straps. Usually has an ornamental grosgrain ribbon bow in front. Made of patent leather or dull calf.
An unnotched lapel with no gorge.
A plaid textile design of stripes of varying width and color against a solid ground, patterned to designate a clan.
A textile weave in which filling yarns pass over one and under two or more warp yarns producing a diagonal rib.
A yarn formed by twisting two or more strands together. Different colored yarns are often used for unusual color effect.
The temporary sewing together of two pieces of fabric to assure perfect pattern matches. Threads are removed at final pressing.
Pressing on the reverse side of the fabric to mold it so it will retain its shape.
Slit at center or sides on the bottom of the back of a jacket or coat.
A raised double edge, strip, insert, or seam for ornament or reinforcement.
The largest of the three neckwear knot styles. Worn with wide spread collar shirts. (Half-windsor is worn with medium spread collar).
A smooth, compact yarn form long wool fibers, used for smooth, firm, compact fabrics.
The Most Common Lapel Styles
The Basic Lapel Styles:
A triangular indentation is cut where the lapel joins the collar. come in three basic lapel styles: notch, peak and shawl. Choosing one that's right for you is merely a matter of taste.A triangular indentation is cut where the lapel joins the collar.A broad V-shaped lapel that points up and out just below the collar line.A smooth, rounded edge lapel.
Some of our more contemporary and fashion-forward styles will go one step further when it comes to lapel design - hints of a basic lapel are still present in some of these styles, but there's usually a little twist added to the shape and fabric.
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A Brief History of the Tuxedo
All variety of fact and fiction surrounds the origin of 'Tuxedo'and the elegant garment that bears its name. It is said, for example, that the custom of the Algonquins was to name a place after the chief whose tribe occupied it, and that there was a sachum named P'tauk-Seet, 'the bear,' who, in the 17th Century, ruled over a tract of land including what is now known as 'Tuxedo.' The name is derived from combing P'tauk-Seet-tough - 'The Home of the Bear.'
Another version holds that the Indians called this area of lakes and hills, P'tauk/Sepo, or so it was translated phonetically by the Dutch in their initial land grants. Since the Indians had no written language, these are the best records available.
In written records dating back to 1754, these are references to Tuxedo Pond and later on, Tuxcito Pond, Tuxetough, Tucksito, Tugseto, Tucsedo, Tuxedo, Texedo and Toxedo. The Marquis de Chastellux, in 1780, writes it as Duck Sider and Duck Seeder. And in histories of the area dated 1857 and 1875, the name is corrupted to Duck Cedar with the explanation that the region is overgrown with cedar trees and is a favorite haunt of wild ducks.
The Lorillard family began acquiring land in the Tuxedo area in 1800's and by 1852, had come into possession of most of what had been known as the Cheescock Patent. They turned it into an elite hunting and fishing resort. With a labor force largely imported from Italy by Pierre Lorillard, they constructed a series of homes within the walled park in a matter of several months that stand today as a testament to the skill of the artesans. It was known as Tuxedo Park.
As the gilt-edged society of Tuxedo Park developed its own social schedule, some new names began to appear. For example, there was James Brown Potter, one of the founders of Tuxedo Park, who was elected to membership in the Tuxedo Club at the organizational meeting held at Delmonicos, in New York City in November 1885. According to the archives, Mr. Potter was introduced to the idea of the Dinner Jacket by the Prince of Wales, who later became Edward VII.
The first Autumn Ball, held at the Tuxedo Club in October 1886, is marked as the official first appearance of the Dinner Jacket. Then, it is said Griswold Lorillard and his friends startled the people attending the Ball by wearing a scarlet satin lapelled Dinner Jacket, without tails, while all others were attired in the traditional white-tie and tails. And thus was born the elegant garment forevermore to be know as the 'Tuxedo.'
The tuxedo was adopted by people rich and poor as the symbol of celebration, good times and special occasion. It was designated by the motion picture industry as its symbol for high society, class and elegance, and the tux even became a symbol of hope for better days during the Depression Days of the Thirties. And, it was defined by the tastemakers and standardbearers as the appropriate garb for those events in an individual's life when only a tradition of elegance will do.
Have You Considered a 'Black Tie Invited' Wedding?
Back in the old days, when a host printed 'BlackTie Invited' on the invitations to an event, they expected their guests would show up in tuxedos. These days, that's no longer the prevailing etiquette. But why shouldn't it be?
Despite their grousing, most men don't mind getting the tuxedo out of the guest room closet and wearing it for a really classy party.
Asking your guests to join you in wearing formal attire will help you make your ceremony and reception a truly festive event.
By simply printing 'Black Tie Invited' on your reception cards, you'll be requesting that the men attending your wedding wear tuxedos and that the women wear something equally fabulous - anything from a floor length gown to a dressy cocktail dress would be appropriate. Most of all, you'll make your guests feel like they are an important part of the celebration!
Not only will the day itself be more exciting, but the photos of all your family and friends dressed their best will make beautiful momentos to treasure forever.
Some of your guests may already own their tuxedos. Those that don't can be directed to your nearest NYCTUX Store for special attention.
A 'Black Tie Invited' wedding isn't for everybody, however. If many of your guests don't own tuxedos, or will find it a financial burden to rent one, don't make them uncomfortable by asking them to wear a tuxedo to your affair. Instead, you may suggest 'Black Tie Optional' on your invitations or nothing at all.
Tuxedo Formal Wear
A tuxedo is worn for formal wear for many occasions. If you have a wedding to attend or if you go to social gathering many times a year, a tuxedo should be in your closet. You can find a tuxedo formal wear vendor online or offline. To find the tuxedo of your dreams, one that is going to fit just right, that is going to feel good while you are wearing it and that will look good even many times after wearing it, you should invest in tuxedo formal wear that will be made to last.
Measuring for your tuxedo can take place in your own home. All you need to do is follow the guide when purchasing online and you will find that you can make the measurements, enter them online and then complete the purchase online. If you prefer, you can also rent a tuxedo formal wear suit online as well.
Enter your measurements, the length of your arm, your chest, your shirt size, the shoe size and even your pant measurements. The lengths and measurements are then entered into the computer, and the retailer will send you what you need to look great. Send your tuxedo formal wear back through the shipping method preferred and you will find your refund will be waiting on your credit card.
Who rents a tuxedo formal wear suit online? Many people actually do. You are planning for a wedding, or you are planning your prom, or perhaps you are going to a movie screening, or a gathering wear it is black tie only, these are the social events of your life, and they will require you to wear a tuxedo formal wear suit that is going to fit nice, look good and that will be waiting for you to wear it again as you make quite an impression with the ladies throughout the night.
A tuxedo formal wear suit is one that will be tailored to fit your measurements. A tuxedo is going to also come with a cumber bun that will match the dress of your date if you are taking one. Often times, there are various shades of the rainbow that can be chosen from so you may want to have a snip of her dress if you are trying to match colors exactly.
Tuxedo formal wear is worn when you are traveling to meet someone who is important, such as the president, the queen or if you are traveling to an opening where stars are going to be present. Make a splash and wear a tuxedo every time the evening is calling for dress that is formal. Formal tuxedo wear is going to make everyone look their best, and you can look your best when dressed in a tuxedo as well.
Tuxedo Formal Wear Suit
Tuxedo formal wear suits are available for your purchase and for your rental needs. Who is going to be purchasing or wearing a tuxedo in the coming months? If you are off to a formal wedding or if you are heading off to prom you most likely are going to need a tuxedo formal wear suit that is going to make you look your best while you are out on the go.
Going out on the town for a splashy evening meal with a hot date, you can look your best in a tuxedo. She may not expect you to be so dressed, but the ultimate effect is one that will give you an appeal that she just can't refuse.
A tuxedo formal wear occasion is any occasion that you feel you need to dress up for. When a regular suit, and tie are just not going to cut it. Get into the social world by dressing the part, and this will include a tuxedo that is tailored to fit your personal size and your personal preferences.
A tuxedo can include the use of a shirt that has ruffles on the front of it or it could be that the shirt is flat on the front. The tuxedo shirt is going to be stiff, with the smaller corners of the front of the shirt ironed so they fit nicely over the jacket.
The cummerbund is going to be a color of your choosing. You can keep a wide stock of cummerbunds in your closet if you wear tuxedos quite often, and you want to match what ever your date or your significant other is wearing. Tuxedos themselves are also found in different colors, ranging from shades of black, to blue, and even white. White tuxedos are hard to care for because they can get dirty easily, but there are those special occasions that are going to call for white.
If you are getting ready to go out on a date with a star you most likely are going to need tuxedo formal wear. If you are getting married, if you are in the wedding party, or if you are parents of the bride and groom; chances are you need a tuxedo as well. A tuxedo is worn to the prom, to the special ball, to the sweet sixteen parties you are going to attend, and to the bar mitzvah and the special holiday occasions that you will be planning for with the family. Take a look at the many sizes, shapes, colors and the types of tuxedos you can rent, purchase or consider now.
How to Buy or Rent a Tuxedo Formal Wear
Whether you decide to buy or rent tuxedo formal wear, there are some things you should understand. Tuxedo formal wear occasions continue to grow and include some of the following events; wedding tuxedo, prom tuxedo, homecoming tuxedo and other events may include after hour parties, holiday events, family religious occasions and many more. Tuxedo options are abundant and may include designer tuxedos by Calvin Klein. Regardless of why you need a tuxedo formal wear here are some things you should know about your tuxedo.
First of all you should know that buying a tuxedo is much less than you would expect. You will find the purchase of a tuxedo is equal to that of a rental. Do the necessary research so you can make an informed decision. With many online vendors for tuxedo formal wear purchase you can find out from the comfort of your own home.
The rule of thumb is that if a lady wears a floor-length dress, the gentleman should wear formal attire, and that style is dictated by the time of day and the level of formality.
Give yourself enough lead time. If you are purchasing online you will need to plan on one week to receive the package and if a tailor is necessary you will need some time for any alterations you might need for your tuxedo; overall, two weeks minimum.
Do a search for tuxedos online. Many have a photo gallery and explanation for ordering a tux. Tuxedo formal wear websites allow you to choose the elements online.
Consult with the website store when considering the wide range of options. Jackets have a notch, peak or shoulder lapel. They can be ultra-formal full dress tails, a cutaway jacket suitable for formal events before 6 p.m., or a tuxedo jacket, appropriate for any formal affair. Shirt choices include a lay down, wing and cavalier collar, finished off with a bow tie, ascot or lay down tie.
Choose colors according to the time of day and the nature of the event. Gray is traditional before 6 p.m., and black for all formal evening affairs. You may wish to consult your date for the evening and coordinate cummerbund or vest as desired.
Tuxedo selection for a wedding should be guided by the color of the bride's gown and bridesmaids' dresses. Wedding-party specials may include a jacket, trousers, vest or cummerbund, shirt, suspenders, cufflinks, studs and a tie from $50 to $100 or more. Or with a certain number of groomsmen's tuxedos, the groom's tux may even be free.
If you are buying a tuxedo, prices range according to the style, options, fabric, and if you are purchasing a designers tuxedo such as Calvin Klein or a Fiorelli tuxedo formal wear.
When buying a tuxedo, choose a style that will fit right in at weddings, gala evenings, and any formal occasion. Steer toward the classics so it will not go out of style.
Buy a tuxedo that has a black tie and black cummerbund. This will provide you with a basic, elegant "black-tie" look that will match any formal outfit your date may wear. You can always rent white or colored accessories if neeed be.
Personalize your look by selecting a jacket and shirt unique to your taste and build. Jacket cuts vary from cropped to smoking. Shirtfront options include fine pleats or delicate ribs, black enamel or pearl-like buttons.
Tuxedo Formal Wear FAQ's
Tuxedo formal wear occasions continue to grow and include some events such as wedding tuxedo, prom tuxedo and homecoming tuxedo Tuxedo options are abundant and may include designer tuxedos by Calvin Klein or Fiorelli.
First of all, you should know that buying a tuxedo is much less than you would expect. You will find the purchase of a tuxedo is equal to that of a rental. Do the necessary research so you can make an informed decision. With many online vendors for tuxedo formal wear purchase you can find out from the comfort of your own home.
Does it really matter what style lapel I have on my jacket?
Nope. All three lapel styles that we offer are classic, and can be worn to the most exclusive black tie event. They are as appropriate to wear now as they were fifty years ago. Your lapel style is merely a personal preference. If you are having trouble choosing, keep in mind that the notched lapel is the most popular.
Do you have any advice on single breasted jacket or double breasted jacket?
A double breasted jacket should be buttoned at all times to look appropriate. Also, if you have a short stocky build, it is not as flattering. A single breasted jacket may be more comfortable because you have the option of leaving it opened. Other than that, they are both considered classic styles.
Should I buy a poly/cotton tuxedo shirt or a 100% cotton tuxedo shirt?
The difference is very clear. A 100% tuxedo shirt looks and feels great. For just a bit more get the fabric that feels the best. We strongly recommend the 100% cotton shirt. Although for the price the poly/ cotton will do its purpose.
Would you recommend winged-tipped collar or laydown collar for my tuxedo formal wear?
This is a personal preference. There are no standards in this matter.
Do I really need to wear studs and cufflinks with my tuxedo shirt?
You should always wear a pair of studs and cufflinks when you wear a tuxedo. You can find a wide range to choose from and to fit any budget.
What is the difference between "adjustable" and "non-adjustable" tuxedo pants?
Adjustable trousers allow you to adjust the waist size about 2Ĺ inches. The benefit of adjustable is that if you gain or lose weight, you have the option of adjusting the waist yourself. Many tuxedo packages include adjustable trousers.
What is the difference between worsted wool, Super 100s wool, Super 110s wool, and Super 120s wool?
The worsted wool tuxedo is the most popular fabric that is sold. Most tuxedos that you see in tuxedo formal wear shops are made of worsted wool. Worsted wool has 60-75 threads per square inch. The Super 100s, Super 110s and Super 120s contain that many threads per square inch, and therefore they are much softer fabrics. A Super 120 wool tuxedo is simply the best quality tuxedo you can buy.
Do I really need to buy the patent leather shoes?
Patent leather shoes are inexpensive, and really look the best with a tuxedo. If you absolutely must for financial reasons, you could get away with wearing a good clean pair of black leather shoes.
What does "Black Tie" mean when indicated on an invitation?
"Black Tie" on an invitation is an indication that it will be a formal event (tuxedo required). Today, however, black tie does not mean that you have to specifically wear a black tie. Many colors and styles are acceptable.
Do you have any advice on taking correct measurements?
Taking measurements is not as difficult as you may think. You can view a measurement guide for help. Tuxedo formal wear measurements are no different than that of any other men suit. We suggest that you try on a suit that fits you well, and place your order using those measurements. Just as a guide, there is usually a 6" difference between the average male chest and waist (i.e. a 42" chest or jacket will usually have a 36" waist).
How do I know if I am a Short, Regular, Long, or Extra Long?
5 feet 4inches to 5 feet 7inches = Short
5 feet 7 1/2 inches to 5 feet 11 inches = Regular
5 feet 11 1/2 inches to 6 feet 2 1/2 inches = Long
6 feet 3 inches and up = Extra Long
Please note that this is only a guide. For example, quite often a gentleman will be 6 feet tall, and feel more comfortable with a Regular. Always wear what you are most comfortable in.
Do I hem or cuff my trousers?
Tuxedo trousers should never be tailored with a cuff; they should always have a straight hem.
Buying Your Tuxedo Formal Wear
Very few men actually own a tuxedo and there is a misconception that you need to rent tuxedo formal wear instead of buying. It sounds expensive, but even a high-end used tuxedo can be bought for about what it would cost to rent three times; and most evening wear, if bought wisely, will never go out of style. So the purchase of your tuxedo formal wear will last and can be used at anytime without having to continually plan for an event.
Buying your own tux is great. You will be the only one who has ever worn that particular tuxedo and you will always have one when you need it. In the future if you want to change the look of it, you can simply accessorize it differently to change its appearance.
You can never go wrong with a basic black tuxedo and in most cases; it is the only acceptable form. As with suits, there are various styles of button patterns and lapels. The most common are the most simple: single-breasted with one button and double-breasted with two buttons. However, designers like Calvin Klein, Fiorelli, Perry Ellis and Tommy Hilfiger offer up to four buttons as the latest in style on both single- and double-breasted suits. Pants should have a silk or nylon strip down the side and be uncuffed at the bottom.
As far as accessories, there are many variations for vests, cumber bunds, bow ties -- it is usually best to choose the tuxedo first and then experiment with a variety of tuxedo formal wear accessories.
Lighter is better. Choose a modern design that is made of lightweight material. A lot of older tuxedos are made of heavier material that is very hard to deal with during formal affairs. Keep in mind that you will be wearing your tuxedo all night long, and may also be dancing. The lighter, the better!
Stick to the basics. Even though it may look intriguing, do not buy a tuxedo that is not black or dark blue. Black and dark blue are the two standard colors, and can be worn to any occasion. If you want to wear a different color, such as white, be aware you will most likely stand out.
Coordinate. Select pants that compliment your jacket. If you are wearing a jacket with tailcoats, choose pants that have two stripes. All other jackets should be accompanied by pants that have a single stripe.
Know What Different Jacket Styles Require. Know what kind of jacket you are buying. A single-breasted jacket requires a cummerbund and is worn open; where as a double-breasted jacket is worn buttoned when standing.
Look Closely. Just like anything else, be sure to examine the tuxedo formal wear before purchasing it. Purchasing a tuxedo that has been retired from rentals can be a great way to get a bargain, however, you do not want to end up buying a tuxedo that has a hole in it, or is terribly worn out.
A tuxedo formal wear occasion is any occasion you need to dress up. In most cases you will have been invited and the invitation will tell you. A regular suit and tie are not going to be acceptable. Get in to the social world by dressing the part and this will include a tuxedo that is tailored to fit your personal size and your personal preferences.
Understanding After Six Formal Wear Tuxedos
After Six has been the leading provider of Men's Formal wear Fashion for over 100 years. After Six tuxedos and accessories are designed for the fashion-conscious consumer and manufactured to the highest quality standards. Dig a little deeper and see all that After Six has to offer.
The venerable company that literally put America into tuxedos recently celebrated its 100th year. Over a century of change whenever America celebrated, After Six formals were always on the scene. What a run it's been. After Six has remained the largest men's formal wear manufacturer from its inception through today. It all began at the turn of the last century when men going formal wore tails and wing collars. Fast-forward to today and the elegant black tuxedo still sends a message of personal style. But as much as fashions have changed, After Six tuxedos have always meant good times and good taste.
After Six Tuxedos Razor
Featuring an inset satin notched lapel, Razor is another original After Six design that is sure to turn heads at any formal function. Available in a standard 32" length in black or white, and a 35" length in black, Razor is contemporary and unique. Take note...there are no buttons on the front of Razor.
After Six Tuxedos Hilton
The Hilton is the perfect tuxedo. Inspired by the classic looks of two of the most formal of tuxedos in history - the tailcoat and cutaway - this modern version features one button, asymetrical flap pockets and a new narrower lapel not seen recently in formalwear. Hilton is an original design for any formal event, be it wedding or prom. Hilton is available in solid black or a white on white tonal stripe
After Six Tuxedos Century
After Six's shawl lapel tuxedos put a contemporary spin on this classic look. This coat features 1/2" satin piping on the collar, lapels and front. The Century II is available in a two-button model. Available in black only.
After Six Tuxedos Centennial
The Centennial is an elegant notch lapel tuxedo that features high lustre full satin lapels and satin trimmed pockets. The Centennial comes in a two-button and three-button version in solid black and in the Jaguar version, which is a tone on tone black pinstripe.
After Six Tuxedos Millennium
The Millennium collection offers a wide array of tuxedos to fit whatever your taste. Available styles include: one-, two-, three- and four-button models in notch, shawl and peak lapels; single-breasted, double-breasted and tailcoat designs. All models available in black and some models are available in white and ivory. Dinner jackets are also available.
After Six Tuxedos Avalon & Zoot
The Zoot Suit and Avalon are long (38") four-button coats with notch lapels. The Zoot Suit is a black with white pinstripes and the Avalon is available in solid black and solid white. Now available in white with black pinstripes.
After Six Tuxedos Nuvo
A new twist on fashion notch tuxedos. The Nuvo III features a triple-pleated satin notch lapel. This coat is available in three-button style and is available in black, white and ivory.
After Six Tuxedos Trafalgar
The Trafalgar is a classic cutaway tuxedo. Features peak lapels and a one-button design. Available in black and gray.
After Six Tuxedos Mystique
The Mystique by After Six makes a statement with its sleek design and satin stand-up collar. To add to the unique style, it is designed without lapels or front buttons. Available in black with white pinstripes only.
After Six Tuxedos Suits
The Newport and Hampton tailored suits give you the latest styles without the expense of purchasing. Newport is available in a three-button model in black with white pinstripes and solid black. Hampton is a two-button suit available in solid black. Both have matching pants. For Newport a matching pinstripe vest is also available for a timeless three-piece look.
Tuxedo Formal Wear Etiquette
There are respected traditions to follow in the selection of your tuxedo formal wear. Your individual choices should be based on the time of your ceremony, the season, and the level of formality.
This look creates the most formal wedding you can plan. It centers on the Black Full Dress Tailcoat with a white vest and tie for the groom and his wedding party (fathers included). At your option, the guests can be outfitted in a similar full dress look or a slightly less formal tuxedo. Gloves, top hats, and canes are often used.
The groom can choose from a black tuxedo year-round or a white dinner jacket for warmer weather. Both can utilize complimentary accessories. The men in the wedding party dress the same as the groom, perhaps with different accessories or a boutonniere. "Black Tie Invited" is recommended for the guests.
This look utilizes the "morning suit" and is recommended for weddings before 4 p.m. The groom is dressed in the cutaway coat with stripped pants, a grey vest, striped ascot or a 4-in-hand tie. The attendants and the fathers are outfitted the same, or they may choose the matching stroller coat with possible variations in the tie and shirt.
With a ceremony before 4 p.m., the groom chooses a grey stroller with striped pants, pearl vest, 4-in-hand tie with a white lay down collar shirt. The ushers and the fathers are dressed identical to the groom with a different boutonniere.
The Contemporary trends allow tuxedos to be selected with modern interpretations of the formal dress code. This category's guidelines are relaxed with freedom of choice.
With this look, grooms can choose from a black, white, grey or colored tailcoat and matching accessories, or formal white. The ushers' style will be similar, with the most formal look sporting identical tailcoats. Vests and ties can be used to coordinate with the bridesmaids' dresses. Fathers can be outfitted identically to the ushers or in matching tuxedos. An added plus, "Black Tie Invited" is recommended for the guests.
This look is the proper choice when you want to express your personal preferences. Grooms can choose from a tailcoat, tuxedo, dinner jacket or any of the new high fashion coat styles. Any color is acceptable, with light colors popular in the summer. New fashion shirts, vests and shoes can help you choose your individual style. The wedding party can be dressed similar to the groom, but if the groom chooses tails to stand out, the ushers may wear similar color tuxedos. Fathers can choose coordinating tuxedos, and the guests are invited to dress "Black Tie".
This features a traditional daytime look with a modern twist. The groom dresses in an updated cutaway with pleated, striped or matching pants. The ushers dress in matching stroller coats, which really sets the groom apart. Fathers have a choice of either style.
This is the most popular style for today's weddings. You set the style! The groom's choices include ALL types of formalwear in any color. Ushers can match the groom or utilize tail and tuxedo combinations. Colored accessories compliment the bridesmaids' dresses, while the fathers choose coordinating formalwear. Guests are welcome to wear black tuxedos with fashion accessories.