Men’s Tuxedo Suits

When picking attire for an event, men typically have the options between a tuxedo or suit. A tuxedo, also called a tux, is the most formal attire a man can wear for many special events like a wedding and prom. Many designers such as Brooks Brothers have various tuxedos available in different styles.

What are the components of a tuxedo for men?

Choosing a man’s tuxedo can be a difficult task because of the variety of colors, designs, and styles. Wedding tuxedos are available in black and a variety of other colors such as burgundy and white. The most traditional is the black tuxedo. However, you can add details to make you stand out in the crowd such as a different color bow tie. A helpful guide regarding the components of a tux can assist in narrowing the available options.

  • Jacket: This garment, also called a tuxedo or dinner jacket, is the defining component of a tuxedo. A tuxedo jacket is generally available in black, the traditional color of a tux. However, it is available in other colors as well. It typically features detailed lapels. The length of a dinner jacket varies. A man can choose between tail-style and cutaway. The latter ends at the waist. A cutaway jacket has an elongated “tail” fabric in the back.
  • Dress Shirt: The formal shirt must be clean and crisp. It is traditionally white but can be black or another color depending on the event. The shirt should have a wing-tip collar.
  • Pants: Trousers typically have a satin strip down the outer part of the pants leg. Some pants do not have the striping. The strip may or may not match the tuxedo jacket’s lapels.
  • Cummerbund: The cummerbund is a belt-like piece of fabric. It is wide and worn around the waist and underneath the tuxedo jacket.
  • Vest: This is another component, but it is optional. The vest covers the shirt and is available in different colors.
  • Bow tie: A bow tie is a small piece of fabric worn around the neck. It wraps around or clips on underneath the collar of a shirt.
What makes a tuxedo and a suit different?

Picking formal attire means choosing between a tuxedo and a suit. Here are the basic differences between the two.

  • Satin: Both types of menswear have lapels. However, a suit does not have satin lapels or pants.
  • Neckwear: A necktie is traditionally worn with a suit.
  • Suit components: A suit typically has two or three pieces. A cummerbund is not a component.
What are common tuxedo accessories?

Aside from the clothing, several accessories are available to complete the look of a traditional tuxedo:

  • Top Hat: A black-tie event may require a top hat.
  • Cufflinks: Cufflinks are decorative fasteners that hold the sleeve cuffs together at the wrist instead of a button. They are available in a variety of different colors and shapes.
  • Dress shoes: Dress shoes are typically black.