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The Best Wedding Tuxedos for Men

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Tuxe­dos have long been the go-to attire for grooms and grooms­men alike. With the rise of casu­al wed­dings, how­ev­er, has come a renewed inter­est in suits and oth­er options. While suits are per­fect­ly accept­able under some cir­cum­stances, how­ev­er, noth­ing can match the for­mal­i­ty and sophis­ti­ca­tion of a tuxe­do. Below, we explore the endur­ing appeal of the wed­ding tuxedo—and trends to be aware of as you select the per­fect style for your spe­cial day.

WHY TUXEDOS?

Suits are far from taboo at wed­dings, so why make the extra effort to get gussied up in a for­mal tuxe­do? A few main argu­ments in favor of tuxe­dos are out­lined below:

CLASSY

Tuxe­dos are inher­ent­ly classy. Whether they fea­ture ample satin or a sim­ple strip down the pant leg, they add instant ele­gance to your big day. While suits are reg­u­lar­ly worn for inter­views or on the job, tuxe­dos are reserved for select occa­sions. This rar­i­ty of use makes them extra spe­cial.

Bride and Groom in black tuxedo

UNIFORMITY

Each mem­ber of your bridal par­ty is unique—and each per­son holds a unique sense of style. On your wed­ding day, how­ev­er, you don’t want an ill-fit­ting suit or oth­er inad­vis­able wardrobe choic­es to take atten­tion away from you and your future spouse. Tuxe­dos can give your wed­ding a classy, yet coor­di­nat­ed look that might be dif­fi­cult to accom­plish with oth­er attire.

FLATTERING

Brides are far from alone in want­i­ng to look their best as they tie the knot. Grooms also want to look and feel attrac­tive. Thank­ful­ly, tuxe­dos have a way of flat­ter­ing a vari­ety of body shapes. No mat­ter your com­po­si­tion, you’ll look unde­ni­ably hand­some in your tuxe­do.

CONFIDENCE

Wed­ding nerves are almost uni­ver­sal, but the last thing you want is to put those jit­ters on full dis­play as you recite your vows. Some­how, a tuxe­do has the pow­er to ban­ish those nerves, leav­ing you feel­ing more con­fi­dent than ever.

Groom and groomsmen wearing Black Shawl Lapel Tuxedos.

TUXEDO TRENDS

The tuxe­do may seem like a straight­for­ward gar­ment with lit­tle room for per­son­al­iza­tion, but trends are always evolv­ing. A slim­mer fit has dom­i­nat­ed tuxe­do style for the past sev­er­al years, with qual­i­ty tai­lor­ing help­ing each groom look his best. While black was once the expect­ed col­or, grooms have been increas­ing­ly will­ing to take risks with alter­nate col­or schemes, such as navygrey and cobalt.

SELECTING LAPELS

You may be sur­prised to learn that tuxe­do lapels come in sev­er­al shapes and styles. Notch lapels with an inden­ta­tion near the col­lar pro­vide a tra­di­tion­al­ly classy look that will fit in no mat­ter the cir­cum­stances. Peak lapels point upward from the seam and are typ­i­cal­ly regard­ed as mod­ern, yet for­mal. Con­verse­ly, shawl lapels pro­vide a vin­tage look, with a nod to the styles of yes­ter­year.

Bride and Groom wearing Black Shawl Lapel Tuxedo.

HOW TO ACCESSORIZE

Acces­sories can make or break your for­mal look. Ide­al­ly, any acces­sories that accom­pa­ny a tuxe­do will be sub­tle, yet sophis­ti­cat­ed. Tra­di­tion­al­ly, all men in tuxe­dos have also donned vests, cum­mer­bunds, sus­penders, and bowties. Recent­ly, how­ev­er, many grooms have done away with the most for­mal acces­sories. Ulti­mate­ly, it all comes down to per­son­al pref­er­ence.

CUMMERBUNDS AND VESTS

Sash­es worn around the waist are known as cum­mer­bunds. The main pur­pose of the cum­mer­bund is to pre­vent your dress shirt from unat­trac­tive­ly bulging or oth­er­wise peak­ing out at the bot­tom of your jack­et. Depend­ing on your per­son­al pref­er­ences, your cum­mer­bund can also pro­vide a wel­come splash of col­or.

Vests are accept­able for tuxe­dos, peak lapels are usu­al­ly paired with a vest. Gen­er­a­tion Tux car­ries match­ing vests for all tuxe­dos they offer.

TIES

When you pic­ture a tra­di­tion­al tuxe­do, you prob­a­bly assume that it’s accom­pa­nied by a bowtie. This look is no longer expect­ed, how­ev­er. Increas­ing­ly, grooms pre­fer to wear long ties that would typ­i­cal­ly be paired with suits. Bow ties are dap­per, of course, but it all comes down to pref­er­ence.

groom wearing black shawl lapel tuxedo

MIXING AND MATCHING

While grooms tra­di­tion­al­ly have asked all of their grooms­men to wear match­ing tuxe­dos, this expec­ta­tion has gone by the way­side in recent years. While there’s some­thing to be said for uni­for­mi­ty, mixed and matched tuxe­dos can add visu­al inter­est to the bridal par­ty while still pro­vid­ing the cohe­sive look you desire. Each grooms­man can wear the lapel of their choice if you decide to go with the tra­di­tion­al black.

When mix­ing and match­ing, be sure to con­sid­er not only how var­i­ous tuxe­dos look togeth­er, but also how they look along­side the select­ed brides­maid dress­es and with the wed­ding decor in gen­er­al.

FORM AND FUNCTION: CHOOSING THE TUXEDO BASED ON VENUE

Mod­ern tuxe­dos come in a vast range of col­ors and fits. While this can be seen as a huge oppor­tu­ni­ty for per­son­al­iza­tion, it could also prompt unwar­rant­ed stress if you have no idea what you want or what looks best.

Some­times, it helps to nar­row down your options based on the venue and the time of the wed­ding. Casu­al or dar­ing looks tend to work best with day­time wed­dings held in less for­mal venues, while a tra­di­tion­al­ist approach may prove wise for an evening black-tie affair. For exam­ple; an evening cathe­dral cer­e­mo­ny fol­lowed by a fan­cy ball­room recep­tion calls for a tra­di­tion­al black tuxe­do with plen­ty of satin. Con­verse­ly, a quirki­er wed­ding at an art gallery or brew­ery may war­rant a slim­mer fit or non-tra­di­tion­al col­ors and pat­terns.

groom wearing black peak lapel tuxedo

The right tuxe­do can class up your wed­ding and deliv­er an instant boost of con­fi­dence on your big day. Look to Gen­er­a­tion Tux to pro­vide wed­ding day attire that will have you look­ing and feel­ing amaz­ing.

No mat­ter your style Gen­er­a­tion Tux is here to help you find the right look for your big day, our home try-on allows you to expe­ri­ence the best qual­i­ty and fit before you com­mit. Cre­ate your look, try it on, and ship it back. It’s that easy! 

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