You’ve been invited to a formal occasion and you have nothing to wear. A tuxedo would make you look sharp but where do you start? From pressed pants to a colorful pocket square, here are the items you will need to pick up for your night on the town.
Once you step into the tuxedo shop, the first thing to check out is the jackets. There are many different styles of suit coats available. What will work best for you will be determined greatly by your body style. You can choose from a shawl, peaked or notch lapel and an assorted number of buttons to close it. Be aware that the shoulders don’t stick out too far and that the back of the jacket lays correct against you when the coat is closed. Also make sure that it isn’t too long, giving the appearance of being too large.
Although the suit coat might catch someone’s eye, the trousers in a tuxedo need to be sleek and stylish as well. You will need to be fitted to ensure that the pants are comfortable when you sit or stand. The satin strip along the outer seam gives it a formal look that typical dress slacks cannot. You might be a fan of back pockets in your jeans, but don’t expect them in your tuxedo trousers.
The big debate with a dress shirt is the type of collar. A wing collar is meant to go with a tuxedo and works well with a bow tie if that is what you choose to wear. A spread collar is a little less formal than the wing collar but may look better depending on the appearance you are trying to achieve. You will also have to choose between pleats, which give a more formal look, or a plain shirt which might be better for you.