If you are invited to a black tie ball or wedding then you have no option but to get online or walk into a store and buy or rent a tuxedo {unless you already happen to own one}. There are a number of different types of tuxedo and this guide will help to refine your choice and make it easier to pick the right one. Before making the purchase or rent decision i thought it might be beneficial to very quickly run through the different names that people have for this most renowned piece of sartorioal elegance.First and foremost we have the name Tuxedo which can be abbreviated to a “Tux”.In Ireland we are still very much in favour of calling it a dress suit or in more colloquial terms a “monkey suit”. A dinner jacket or dinner suit is also commonly heard in our store.

The most popular style at the moment is the two button, Single Breasted Tux. The jacket has a notch lapel and like all authentic tuxedos this is made from satin.Remember that it is this satin braiding that distinguishes a tuxedo from an ordinary black suit.For a more contemporary take on this classic style there is always the peaked lapel one button tuxedo. This tends to have a slimmer,more fitted appearance and does not really suit a broader shaped person. This one button peaked lapel tuxedo is really derived from the double breasted coat. The double breasted jacket folds across from right to left and is definitely recommended for the larger man.

Currently the double breasted jacket is not in vogue but if worn correctly there is a timeless elegance about it. The next distinct style of tuxedo is the shawl collar. As the name suggests the lapel goes right around the front of the jacket in the shape of an oval. Also known as a smoking jacket this tuxedo is again suited to the broader man and if worn properly it can be very effective. In the picture below you can see the cream shawl collar tuxedo.A final thing to bear in mind is that all tuxedo jackets should come with satin lapels on the jacket and a satin braid on the trousers. There may be atemptation to try and pass off a plain black suit as a tux but if you are intent on achieving the authentic look this is a no-no. For a sample of the range of real Tuxedos we sell please visit our online tuxedo store

 Cream shawl Tuxedo Jacket

Cream shawl Tuxedo Jacket

Peaked lapel Tuxedo

Peaked lapel Tuxedo

 Two button notch tuxedo

Two button notch tuxedo

After an unbelievable finale to the Suit Factor, we have finally got a winner, in Corks answer to 007, the one and only Derek O’ Rourke. Right up until around 11pm last night, there was nothing between the two finalists in votes. All day yesterday, the 17th of January, Derek and Stephen O’ Leary were neck and neck and constantly swapping the lead in their respective bids to become Ireland’s best dressed man in a suit. I looked at the count yesterday morning at 10am and with Derek ahead by almost 100 votes I was convinced that he had finaly killed off O’ Leary’s challange. Imagine the shock then when i returned to my pc yesterday at 6pm to discover that O’ Leary was after moving into the lead by 50 votes.At that stage he had about 1500 votes to Derek’s 1450. I really was stunned that the man behind the highly sucessful company O’ Leary analytics had come back from the dead to lead the competition going into its final few hours.What a competitor.

Derek O’ Rourke however has repeatedly shown throughout this competition that he does not take kindly to being pushed into second place. He got the extended O’ Rourke clan in on the act and our facebook page became a shrine to the man widely known as “the tux”. Slowly as the night moved on O’ Rourke began to claw his way back and by about 9pm he was 20 votes ahead again. His supporters, fans and family came out in force and rallied together in a bid to get him over the finish line. By 11pm he was once again looking  invincible with a lead of 40 votes. Nobody however could write off O’ Leary and there were many who felt he might have one more trick up his sleeve, that he was saving for the final hour. His friend Eoin O Callaghan was bombarding the page with shout outs and support and like Steve was in this until the bitter end.Alas, this was not to be as O’ Rourke became even stronger after 11pm and Stephen just couldn’t live with the pace.

At this stage, the rate at which the votes were flying in to our website was truly unbelievable. All day yesterday the votes were coming into the site with such ferocity that it looked increasingly likely that our server might not be able to cope with the pressure. The last hour was the most bizzare with the vote count going up in double digit figures every 30 seconds. James Northridge of island clothing who is part of the Suit Factor judging panel became increasingly anxious that the site might crash. The pressure on the server was becoming unbearable and I was getting texts, e-mails and facebooks from people saying the page was no longer loading.

The amazing thing was that the site held out until a minute to twelve before crashing temporarily.It could no longer cope with the number of hits. Nobody was able to see the results that we had promised at the stroke of midnight.People were on the facebook page clamouring for confirmation of who had won but we could not confirm it because the site was down.It was a bit like the end a world title fight when everybody is waiting for the referee to hold up the hands of the winner.You think you know who has done enough to win,but you need confirmation.The suspense was unbelievable.People were coming onto the page and tentatively congratulating Derek.But no one was sure.Peoples’ hearts were in their mouths.And then James came from nowhere and at 12.10 announced the site was back up and there it was -the screen shot of Derek’s and Stephen’s final tally.It read Derek O  Rourke-1941 votes and Stephen O Leary-1903 votes.The page was hopping with congrats for Derek and commiserations for the most gallant of loosers in Steve O leary.Afterwards I stayed on the page for an hour or so to keep the page running as virtual celebrations stayed going into the early hours of the morning-and in the case of the O Rourke clan I am sure,real celebrations as well.

Derek O Rourke-Irelands best dressed man in a suit

Derek O Rourke-Irelands best dressed man in a suit

I am sitting in the islandclothing.ie office enjoying a cup of coffee between print runs and James bursts through the door. ‘Tom-murphy.ie is running a suit factor competition and islandclothing.ie will sponsor some prizes – what do you think’. I kinda knew it didn’t matter what I thought so I just went with it.  Little did I know the madness that would follow.

I logged into my facebook page and I was being asked to vote for friends in suit factor. Obviously being a sponsor we didn’t vote. A quick jump on the information highway and I took the exit for my linkedin page. First thing I see…….vote for me on suit factor. This is crazy. Suit factor is consuming people. I really did not want to open my twitter page!!

The reason suit factor is a great competition is very simple in my opinion…..great prizes and tom-murphy.ie makes great use of social media. If you are connected with tom-murphy.ie you feel you are starting to know the store and the people involved. Then you go to the store and you are served by people you feel you know. There is a real connection with the customer. The online store is really great…….being male I like buying online and spending the rest of the day ‘not shopping’ :-).

Islandclothing.ie provide contract clothing and clothing printing service for clubs, events, gyms and much more. We also run a surf brand called designersurf.com which connects artists, surfers to create amazing surf clothing and boards.

We are proud to sponsor a great competition like suit factor and are waiting the final result with baited breath. It is like watching a race that is extremely close. When you are the neutral supporter you nearly always favour the person who is just behind and hope they catch up. The lead is changing so much in this race it is impossible to favour anyone. Well done contestants and well done tom-murphy.ie for running a great competition with great prizes.

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The battle for third position is heating up as the public vote for the Suit Factor is nearing its last few days.With the two leaders Steve O Leary and Derek O Rourke after moving way ahead in the last few days it seems that the rest of the field will have to battle it out for the bronze medal.The good news is that the Cartlon Hotel in Kinsale have kindly donated a two night break including breakfast and evening meal for two for the person who comes third.Peter O Callaghan was the leader of Suit Factor for the first few weeks of the competition but in the last week his votes have not been accumalating as well as they did earlier on.It has to be said that his PR lady Amanda put in sterling work on his behalf and no one blames her for running out of steam this week.My advice lads is push yerselves for the last few days and that prize could be for ye.The main threat to Peter is coming from ladies man Dave Gaffney.He has been reeling in the votes in the last few days and has been getting rave reviews on the radio airwaves.He was singled out for special attention by none other than Dave Mac of red fm who is lending ssupport to the Gaffs campaign.I have to say i am delighted to see a guy i grew up with and probably had my first beer with{at the horrifically young age of 13} doing so well in this competition.Good luck Dave and well done and the same goes for everyone else too.

Dave Gaffney in the Suit Factor

Dave Gaffney in the Suit Factor

Ìt is january the 12th and there are only 4 more days to go before we find out who irelands best dressed men is in a suit. Yesterday was an unbelievable day as Derek O’ Rourke and Stephen O’ Leary swapped the lead position constantly. It was the first day in a while that O’ Rourke felt someone really breathing down his neck. The man with the pint of Guiness i.e Stephen O leary  is so determined to win the title and yesterday it seemed he might get his way.

The dapper Derek however has not taken kindly to being overtaken yesterday, and early this morning he passed the 800 vote mark. As of now he has 898 votes to Stephens 838 votes. The two of them have clearly taken this competition very seriously and i would like to congradulate them both on their sterling performances.

Dave Mac of Red Fm gave me a call today to get the latest updates on the competition. We spoke for a few minutes and Dave even lent his support to one of our competitors, Mr David Gaffney. The interview will be going on air on tommorows show.Alas, David is out of contention for the main prize but he could still feature in the shake up for the bronze medal. Thanks again to Dave Mac of Red Fm who did a lovely feature on the competition a few days ago.Don’t forget to tune in to his show tommorow for some Suit Factor soundbites.

Suit Factor-O Rourke strikes back

Suit Factor-O Rourke strikes back

SteveYesterday was an amazing day in the suit factor competition. It saw a new leader for a while in Stephen O’ Leary Who moved past Derek O’ Rourke by a vote. Stephen had 505 votes to Dereks 504 on the mourning of January 11th. Derek has been leading the competition from the very start and it must have been a shock to see Stephen moving into the lead.

Stung by his movement down the leaderboard, the man who is being talked about as Daniel Craigs replacement on the next 007 movie responded with a flurry of votes yesterday. He regained pole position last night and when i last checked he was 10 votes ahead. In their relentless persuit of victory it seems these two guys have frightened off all other competition.  Peter O’ Callaghan and his PR lady Amanda Bradley have faded into the distance despite leading the competition for the first few weeks. Peter is currently on 328 votes and could be still in line for the 3rd prize.

David Gaffney however is hot on his heels for the not to be scoffed at bronze medal.He has been getting plenty of votes in the last few days since he recieved sterling reviews on Red Fm. Just this morning on the 11th of january I have taken another peek and seen that Stephen has regained the lead. He is now on 628 votes against Dereks 625.Unbelievable stuff from these boys.It is neck and neck.Stay in touch and we will be announcing the last day for voting this evening.

Emma Murphy – January 7, 2011 at 10:20pm

Lads its official, the competition has gone viral! I was expecting the competition to be successful but the notoriety that this competition has received has exceeded all expectations! I got a phone call this morning telling me that Suitfactor was being spoken about for a good period of time on Red Fm yesterday and the DJ was saying what a super competition it was.He even knew some of the contestants and was encouraging everybody to get out and vote. People were talking about how the competition was such an original idea and a good one at that! Im meeting people on the streets who are coming up and asking me about the Suitfactor competition, everyone wants to be a part of it! Unfortunately the competition is well under way, however with all the success of this competition no doubt we will have to have a Suitfactor 2!!

RTE radio one will be doing a documentary next week featuring the Suit Factor and a number of other media channels have been on to us looking for interviews and soundbites.

The leader with well over 400 votes is Derek O Rourke, Derek has had his campaign well established since day 1! He is taking no prisoners by all accounts and his votes are flooding in hourly! Obviously Derek is putting in the good work by getting his friends to vote for him! Derek would want to watch his back at this stage as Stephen O leary is on his back ready to pounce!

Stephen had a huge amount of votes come in last night, he too must be heavy at work on the campaign trail! David Gaffney was doing great work at the beginning of the competition but he seems to be tiring and falling behind! If he wants to remain a contender he will have to start getting the public behind him again!His campaign has been reinvigorated since he received special mention on the radio yesterday.

The pre competition favourite according to the girls was Ross Forde! Apparently Ross is the hunk of the competition therefore I thought he would be getting all the ladies on his side! Maybe the Ladies are waiting to vote at the last minute but if you want Ross to win u better get his challenge going as he is lagging right now!

There is just about a week left in the voting poles so if you are eager for one of your lads to win now is your time to vote! I would recommended getting your vote in because we are considering runner up prizes! The reason for the runner up prizes is that we see a huge effort made from all contestants in getting their votes!

Thus far this has been a thrilling competition. The most exciting aspect for me is people coming up to me on the street wanting to talk about it! They love the idea of it! For those of you who missed out on the competition, fear not! Suitfactor 2 will be coming soon!!I would love people to come onto this blog and tell me what ye think of the competition and how we can make the Suit Factor 2 even better.Dont be afraid to shout out yere support and contestants feel free to post comments here as well.Please feel free to make suggestions for new competitions as well.