Picking A Tuxedo
A tuxedo is pretty much a suit with a few extra details to consider — like cummerbunds and cufflinks. The key when picking one is to remember that a tuxedo doesn’t need any help. You don’t need a vest, a kooky bow tie, or a champagne-hued cravat—those things make you look like a
jackass fool. The rest is pretty simple.
The personality of a tuxedo lies in its lapels, but regardless of which jacket you choose — be it one with a shawl collar, notch lapel, or peak lapel — it should always reveal at least a half-inch of shirt cuff when your arms are by your side. The white in your cuff will frame the rich blackness of the suit. You also want to make sure everything beneath the jacket fits as well as the jacket itself, because at some point in the night you’re going to ditch the jacket, and you don’t want to be the guy with the puffy shirt ballooning out the back.
If your wallet allows it, I suggest that you buy your tuxedo—versus renting one—and have it tailored and hemmed to fit your specifications. Of course, the thought of renting a tux is usually an immediate one especially if you think you’ll only use it once, but depending on where you rent from, you can easily end up in a sorry-looking, ill-fitting tuxedo that someone else wore three nights ago. That’s not an attractive sight. Plus most renters won’t allow you to tailor a rented tuxedo.
Here’s the deal: tuxedos never ever go out of style, and as long as your body stays the same, you can consider it an investment that will save you cash for years to come—and make you look stylish at that.