Tuxedo-A Guide to choosing the right one for a black tie ball

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

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