A tuxedo is an extremely formal outfit designed for special occasions. A tuxedo respecting the classic style requirements will be timeless, which will allow you to amortize its purchase. It will be fashionable for many, many years, just like it was fashionable decades ago. The end of the year is the time when a tuxedo can be very useful, rightly so for evening galas, balls and the end of the year celebrations. So, we want to devote the last article to this year's blog to this classic outfit.
The tuxedo is traditionally found in black fabric. However, “tailor-made” offers many more possibilities, such as a tuxedo in a beautiful navy blue. In the case of a classic tuxedo, there isn't a lot of space for too many modifications. However, you can personalize the jacket by choosing the type of lapels (shawl or peaked lapels), their width and the cut of the jacket (1 button or the double-breasted jacket). The lapels must be covered with satin, black or navy blue depending on the color of the selected fabric, as well as the welts of the pockets and of course the buttons. Traditionally the tuxedo’s pockets are double welted and the jacket has no slits at the back.
The pants of such an ensemble should traditionally be finished with satin stripes on the sides of the legs and worn without the belt. To fit the waist well, it is recommended to hold the pants with white suspenders or insert tightening side adjusters. The belt should be covered with satin as well. Made to measure gives a little more possibilities when personalizing a tuxedo and more and more often men decide to choose tuxedo elements only for a jacket thus eliminating the satin fabric on the trousers.
An addition to this classic outfit can be a waistcoat, most often cut in a "horseshoe" shape, fastened with three buttons. Today, you can also find double-breasted tuxedo vests, but it is a definitely less classic solution.
What shirt should you wear with a tuxedo? It should be white, finished with a semi-Italian collar and cuffs with cufflinks. It is recommended to wear a shirt with a pleat hiding the buttons, since you will wear a bowtie. If you are looking for something more elegant and chic, ask your tailor to finish your shirt with a piqué bib that closes with studs.
As for the accessories, think of the white pocket square and a black or navy blue bowtie to match the satin color of your jacket’s lapels. Concerning the shoes, a nice pair of Oxfords, preferably in patent black color, will add a touch of elegance and style to your outfit.
The purchase of a tuxedo should be treated as an investment for years - when choosing classic elements of this outfit you are sure that its use will extend over the years. However, not everyone is ready to spend money on a tuxedo, especially when it comes to one-time use. A good idea is to borrow this outfit with the possibility of making minor tailoring adjustments to look your best. Ferala has just launched a tuxedo rental service, so don't hesitate to contact us for details.