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How to Pull Off The Ultimate Tux


For many of us it isn’t every day you put on a tux, but when you do, it has to be on point. There’s also a lot of terminology floating around that you should probably get a handle on as well, so when you go to pick your tux out, you know exactly what you’re talking about. For your convenience we’ve pulled together the lingo as well as a couple tips on what is in at the moment. For some of the info we’ve enlisted the help of Sam Clode from Working Style.

COLOUR

Midnight blue has become a lot more popular recently, and will help you to stand out and look extra modern. The traditional tux is always worn in black.

LAPEL

There are three tuxedo lapel styles, namely Shawl, Peak and Notch lapels. When it comes to deciding between them, think about the occasion and your body shape and which will most complement your look.

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As it notes in the name the Midnight Grosgrain Peak Lapel Dinner Suit features a peak lapel.

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the Black Shawl Lapel Dinner Suit, for a slightly less extravagant look.

SHIRT

An immaculate white shirt is the only way to go. If you dress it up with musketeer cuffs, a French collar and a bib front, this will help define your shape too.

SHOES

Wear black patent leather shoes or high-shine Oxfords with a black tuxedo. If you have a navy tux, opt for brown or blue shoes.

Your black patent leather shoes should be reserved for only the most special occasions – red carpets and black tie events. Get them polished regularly to keep that immaculate shine. Working Styles’ Smith Patent Leather Dinner Shoes are a personal favourite and are $599, a necessary investment for the ultimate gentleman.

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CUFFS

The rule is to have your shirt a nail’s length longer then your jacket. For a more casual look, unbutton one or two of your sleeve cuffs. Doing so subtly shows off the hand made detailing and gives an air of nonchalant imperfection.

CUMMERBUND

This band that wraps around your waist was designed to cover where the shirt tucks into the trousers, which also helps refine your waist.

BUTTONS

If a tuxedo has two buttons, only do up the top one; by doing this you will accentuate your shape, giving you a more flattering look. Tuxedos can come in 1, 2, or 3 button versions and various double breasted versions. The bottom button acts as a vestigial detail. You could use it but doing so won’t make the suit look as good as just having the top button done.

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