Choosing a Tuxedo 101

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. 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…

Vocabulary

Full Dress –
The Fulldress style is the most formal. It features an waist length jacket in the front with a center vented tail and satin notch lapel and satin covered buttons. Worn with a white Pique’ backless vest, bow tie and formal shirt. Includes black pleated formal trousers. This ensemble is for “White Tie Invited” affairs.

Cutaway –
The traditional Cutaway style is a longer coat in the back that is coordinated with a hickory striped charcoal gray pleated trousers. It features a pleated back, center vent and self top collar.

Stroller –
The Stroller is a gray jacket with a length of with a traditional tuxedo length in the front and back. It is worn with a gray striped pleated trouser.

Classic Tuxedo –
The Classic Tuxedo is what most people think of when you say ‘tuxedo’. It’s available in one, two and three button models. This is worn with the matching trousers with a satin stripe down the leg.
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