Formal wear alert: the grey tuxedo is making a comeback! The most versatile color available to a man’s wardrobe is being worn by celebrities all over. During the past month alone, prominent men like Jamie Foxx and Ryan Seacrest hit the awards show scene masquerading in fashionable shades of grey.
During the 2013 Oscars, Jamie Foxx suited it up in a 2- button single breasted grey tuxedo with black peak lapels. He also wore a black tuxedo bow tie and a black tuxedo shirt, which gave the outfit a hip and modern feel – while still staying classy. Ryan Seacrest, on the other hand, sported a similar gray tuxedo but matched it with a white fitted tuxedo shirt and white pocket square. However, if you ask me, the hair really completed his outfit – he looked sharp, smart, and was just oozing with class.
There’s a good reason for this emergence of colored formal wear for men. The versatile nature of this color paired with the formality of a tuxedo looks brilliant when matched with any hue and if worn by any person. It truly has the effect of turning the looks of any ordinary man into that of a reputable celeb. Going for a grey prom tuxedo would be a sterling choice and will keep you within the limits of modern celebrity fashion.
The best aspect of a grey tux is the availability of formal wear accessories that will accentuate your ensemble without making it too flashy. Pieces like tuxedo vests, bow ties and cummerbunds can be of almost any color with respect to your chosen shade of grey. However, keep in mind that proper planning of your auxiliary pieces allows for a stress free night with a stress free prom date (hint: most ladies prefer to match their dresses with their date’s tux). Prom is the occasion for dapper appearances and unique combinations of formal wear, and with that in consideration, adding distinct colors like dark red or lapis purple into your appearance will draw in praises for boldness. If you are hesitant about adding jazzy colors, you can still change up the style by choosing a tux with contrasting lapels (take Foxx and Seacrest, for example). Add some bling to your outfit by choosing cufflinks and studs that will highlight – but not overpower – your tame gray tux.
Don’t hesitate to see past people’s limited expectations when it comes to men’s prom tuxedos. If conventionality is your thing, then by all means check out black tie standards. A black tuxedo is a remarkable choice, but is also common and very typical. If you truly want to stand out, look into going lighter. Try out the respected elegance of grey. It’s impossible to go wrong.