A tuxedo is the height of formal wear dressing for a man. Knowing when to wear one and what type to buy or rent can be a little trickier. Here's some help:
When to Wear a Tuxedo
- When the invitation states Formal, Black Tie, Black Tie Invited or Black Tie Optional
- To the opening of the opera, ballet or symphony
- Ball or formal dance
- Formal dinner party or reception
- Dinner at a formal restaurant (some folks think you should be dressed at least as well as your waiter)
- Buy, don't rent for a quality garment tailored to fit you.
- Stay traditional and avoid colorful cummerbunds, socks, etc.
- Keep it simple for the most elegant look.
- Follow the same rules for buying a tuxedo as for a suit. Double-breasted styles look best on trimmer men, while single button styles are the most flattering.
- No clip-on bow ties, tie it yourself (and get a formalwear sale person to show you how)
- Cummerbunds should match the fabric on the man's jacket (and the pleats face up)
- Double Breasted
- Single Breasted Peak (the most traditional)
- Shawl Collar - flattering for heavier men
- Notched Collar