The Tuxedo is the go-to staple for any ‘black-tie’ event, sophisticated ceremony or exclusive ball. Unlike a daytime suit which is suitable to wear to the office or out to lunch, the tuxedo is classically referred to as dinner clothes – to be worn exclusively in the evening. Here is our guide for looking sharp and debonair…

The centre piece of the ‘black tie’ look is the tuxedo which has certain attributes that set it apart from formal/daytime wear:

THE LAPELS | Whether you decide upon a peaked lapel (the most formal form) or shawl collar (equally acceptable), the classic tuxedo jacket should have lapels covered in black satin/silk.

TAIL OR NO TAIL | Unlike formal wear the tuxedo should be tailless and single breasted – although double breasted jackets are acceptable, the single breasted tux is suitable for those who are a stickler to tradition.

THE VENTS | For purists vents (slits at the back) should be avoided, however double vents are acceptable for comfort. Nevertheless, avoid a single vent as this is considered too informal for evening wear.

THE POCKETS | The pockets of a tuxedo should not have flaps; a classic tuxedo will always have jetted (slit) pockets.

MATCHING BOW | Traditionally the lustre of the lapels should be followed through to the bow, if the lapels are satin then a satin bow should be worn, the rules are equally the same for silk lapels.

THE BUTTONS | The buttons on a tuxedo should be matching and covered – preferably in the same material as the lapels. Like a suit, the sleeves should have four touching buttons.

Here are our favourite tux looks this season from Dolce & Gabbana…

Rich Hobson


Head writer @ In The City Magazine, obsessive music, film and events fanatic.

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