Intermediate Guide to Suits: Part II

September 10, 2009

Each week, I will present a post on the ins and outs of custom suits AND suits in general at an intermediate level. It is recommended that the beginner’s guide be read first.

Tuxedo

 Picture1A tuxedo is a well known term that is often misused. Usually, a tuxedo is referred to when one is looking for a formal suit. The question remains is if the person is attending a wedding or black tie event that requires a higher level of formality than a 3-piece suit.

A tuxedo is made up of a ventless jacket with satin peaked or shawl lapels, and 1 to 2 buttons that are covered in fabric. The matching straight leg trousers are cuff-less and have a satin stripe on each pant leg. This 2-peice suit may be worn with a wing tip collared shirt, matching vest, bowtie or cravat and cummerbund. Over time, this has been subject to alot of changes such as adding colour in the lapels or vest or ditching the bowtie, cummerbund and stripes. But, would a tuxedo remain a tuxedo without these details? The answer is no – striping away these details change the tuxedo so that it is no longer considered a tuxedo.

It is popular to rent a tuxedo for weddings and special occasions which can be a challenge as often times the tuxedo turns out to look worn and are either too tight or too big. Investing in a tuxedo may be an expensive option especially if black tie events are not frequently attended, it may be better to forgo renting and invest in a black wool/silk 3-peice suit that can be worn again to other special occasions.

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5 Responses to “Intermediate Guide to Suits: Part II”


  1. […] A satin lapel is the modern definiton of a tuxedo. However, this one detail does not classify a suit as a tuxedo – there are other elements that make up a tuxedo. […]


  2. […] The most common formal attire is White Tie or Black Tie, this refers specifically to the colour of the bowtie to be worn. Black tie refers to a black bow tie which is traditionally worn with a tuxedo. […]


  3. […] A satin lapel is the modern definiton of a tuxedo. However, this one detail does not classify a suit as a tuxedo – there are other elements that make up a tuxedo.   […]


  4. […] The most common formal attire is White Tie or Black Tie, this refers specifically to the colour of the bowtie to be worn. Black tie refers to a black bow tie which is traditionally worn with a tuxedo. […]


  5. […] A satin lapel is the modern definiton of a tuxedo. However, this one detail does not classify a suit as a tuxedo – there are other elements that make up a tuxedo.  […]

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