Understanding Your Tuxedo Options
“People with a great deal of personal style can appear well-dressed by virtue of the ease with which they display their clothing. Generally, a well-dressed man never looks out of place, as opposed to most people who consider themselves well-dressed when they are really over-dressed. A three-piece suit at a picnic looks out of place as does a bathing suit with black tie at the opening of the opera.” — Alexander Julian “If the invitation reads black-tie, and the desire is to effect a less traditional, more contemporary look, one must move to the softer and more chic side of the fashion spectrum. This means replacing the starched high contrast of black-and-white attire with something less buttoned-up and self-consciously stiff.” — Alan Flusser For men less comfortable with formal styling, it’s probably best to start experimenting with rule-bending in less conspicuous parts of your ensemble—your waistcoat or your pocket square, perhaps. However, with the knowledge and confidence to pull off a stylishly subtle rule-bending tuxedo, you are unquestionably the master of your personal style. Even if you’re not ready or don’t want to step too far outside the box where your tuxedo itself is concerned, it’s still a good idea to be aware of the various options open to you. As Alan Flusser notes, when putting together a black-tie look—even a fairly classic one—you must construct your ensemble around the jacket. Your dinner jacket is the main focal point as far as your attire goes, so it’s important to fully understand the type of jacket you’ve chosen in order to select accessories and other components that work best together.