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Guide: The Right Tuxedo For Your Next Black Tie Affair

Choosing the Right Tuxedo for Your Next Black Tie Affair
A huge part of enjoying yourself during a black tie affair is looking your very best. The old adage is true: When you look good, you feel good. When it comes to selecting the right tuxedo, though, many men are unsure about how to proceed. Whether it's your first time buying one or your hundredth, it pays to get things exactly right. Luckily, there are plenty of tried-and-true tips about selecting the right tux; a few of the best ones are highlighted below for your convenience.

Basic Black Tie Tips

Choosing a Color - In terms of color, it's generally best to stick with basic black, sometimes, a deep, dark blue (midnight blue) is a reasonable choice. Remember that light colors, including off-white, should only be word in warm climates or during the summer.

Accessorizing - Personalizing your look while wearing a tuxedo is easier than you probably think. These days, there is a wide range of options in terms of cuff links and studs. Take your time and select a set that will let your personality shine through.

Tuxedo Jackets

One of the most important aspects of choosing a jacket concerns comfort. More than likely, your black tie affair will be held indoors. If it's being held outdoors, it's probably warm outside. In either case, it pays to select a jacket that's made out of a lightweight, breathable material. Furthermore, breathable fabric makes it easier to move around on the dance floor. If you go with a single-breasted jacket, you'll have to pair it with a cummerbund; if you go the double-breasted route, it will be kept buttoned and a cummerbund isn't mandatory. Only go with tails if you're attending an exceptionally formal event.

Tuxedo Shirts

Make sure that the front bib of your tuxedo shirt fits properly. It should fit securely beneath the waistband and it shouldn't extend past the suspenders. Pay attention to the collar of your shirt, too. A turn-down collar produces a pleated, soft look; a wing collar will have a front that is clean and stiff.

Formal Trousers

Look for formal trousers with vertical pockets, since they tend to look the classiest. Make sure that the waist is high enough to be covered by the cummerbund or tailcoat. If your ensemble has a tailcoat, opt for trousers with two stripes; for any other style, a single stripe is the best way to go.

The preceding tips should help you narrow down your choices when it comes to selecting a tux for your next black tie affair. More importantly, they should allow you to find an option that's as comfortable as it is stylish.

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