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Tuxedo Etiquette

How to wear a tuxedo?

TUXEDO ETIQUETTE

Selecting Formal Wear

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Traditional Fit

A classic, fuller cut tuxedo.

Slim Fit

Contemporary styling with a slimming appearance.

Modern Fit

Fashion-forward styling with a flattering silhouette.

Common Lapel Styles

Three main lapel styles included the Notch, Peak and Shawl. When choosing your lapel, you should consider:

  1. Type of Suit
  2. Body Type
  3. Setting/Occasion

A triangular indentation is cut where the lapel joins the collar. The notch lapel is the most common lapel for a reason – it’s the most versatile.

A broad V-shaped lapel that points up and out just below the collar line. Traditionally the most formal of the lapels and tend to look a little more fashion-forward.

Characterized by a smooth, rounded-edge lapel shape most common on dinner jackets/tuxedos. Ideal for tuxedos and many body types.

Pleated vs. Flat Front Pants

The difference between Pleated and Flat front pants are that pleated pants have creases at the front of the pant along the waist.  The creases have been created by folding the fabric and sewing it down before attaching a waistband.  Flat-front pants, on the other hand, have a contouring feature called a dart that allows for the pant fabric to lie flat against the body.  What pant looks best on you depends on your body type.  Generally, slim men should stick to the flat-front while larger men and athletic men benefit from pleat pants’ extra room.

Pleated Front

Pleated – Pleated pants are more generous around the middle, allowing for comfort and ease of movement.  Because of this, pleats are a constant option and don’t go in and out of fashion.  The pleated style helps to make a larger man’s front look flatter.  Pleats are also ideal for men with a large back-side or athletes with large thighs.  Men who have physically active jobs or lifestyles also find that pleated pants are roomier and easier to move in.   Pleated pants should be worn just above the hipbones at the natural waist.  Slender men, especially if tall, should avoid pleated pants because there will be too much extra room and the silhouette will appear sloppy.

Flat Front

Flat Front – Flat front pants are slimming, snugger-fitting and since they go in and out of fashion, are generally better suited for the style-conscious.   Since there are no pleats, the silhouette is more smooth and straight, accentuating slimmer figures.  These pants should be well tailored, a bit loose around the waist, and worn just on or below the hipbones.   It’s important to keep in mind that flat-front pants are an unforgiving cut.  On larger men, this style may be too tight and uncomfortable around the waist, belly and thighs.  Flat front pants will not only accentuate a slim figure, but also emphasize a belly.

Modern Slim

Stylish Modern Slim Fit Trousers with an updated, slimmer fit than our Flat Front Trousers. Tailored with a clean crisp front and an adjustable waistband for comfort. These pair well with coordinating jackets in the Slim Fit Collection.