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The Great Groom Debate: Suit Or Tuxedo


On the fence about a suit or tux? Here are some serious and semi-serious thoughts to ponder that will help you know what to choose so you’ll look your most stunning for any event.

First off, here is the main difference between a suit and a tux: satin. There are a million websites that’ll give you the breakdown, so let’s just go over the highlights.


Tuxes have satin lapels, satin-covered buttons, no belt loops, bespoke lining story, flap or besom pockets, and no barcodes.

In general, you don’t wear belts with tuxedos because you have suspenders to do the job. If you want to showcase your snazzy studs, be aware that a long tie will cover them. Your shirt should have a winged collar to show off your bow tie. Traditionally, cufflinks match your shirt studs (but you don’t have to). At least try to keep the metal the same.

Your shoes could be shinier, sure, but the most fun thing about a tuxedo is, everything just feels sharper because of these few changes.

cufflinks and a black tuxedo

It’s hard to say exactly all the right occasions for a tuxedo. Obviously black-tie affairs, proms, weddings, operas or symphonies, but you could wear one at milestone occasions or even a more formal group or private event.

We also think it’s becoming more and more about how you want to feel. At Generation Tux, we believe that tuxedos are a state of mind and a feeling. So, if you’re looking for that extra boost of good looking that comes from a few studs and some cufflinks, we think it’s well worth it to show up in a tuxedo for almost any occasion. Except when the groom isn’t in a tux. then for everyone’s sake, don’t ever out-dress him!


Suits, of course, are in a league of their own. Suits are the gold standard when it comes to looking good, or at least more conservative, for almost any occasion. Depending on the cut, you can pretty much feel comfortable pulling off a suit from your workplace to a bar or even a beach wedding. The only difference you’ll experience is the number of heads that turn your way.

If you’re the groom and you’re not sure which way to go, follow your bride’s lead. If her bridal dress is more of a gown, then a tuxedo will match her, and the occasion, better. It’s up to you guys to set the type of vibe you want for your guests and for your memories. Fancy is always fun, casual is always comfortable. The time of day for your event can also be a defining factor of whether it’s better to go with the evening formality of a tux or less formal suiting for day time occasions.

groom in blue suit

When it comes to our suiting, we have modern and slim fits. Our modern is more slim than a classic modern, more tapered through the torso while keeping the classic length, and is made of luxe super 140s and 130s merino wool. Our slim fit lays close to your body with a slightly shorter jacket length and is tapered through the torso to accentuate a slimmer frame.

For us, we value suits and tuxedos equally so that’s why we kept it all one price point, plus free shipping. We want to keep it simple for you. That’s it.

So, whether you go with a suit or a tuxedo for the big day, we support you either way. We just want to make sure we have the selection so you can show the world how you’re feeling, no matter where you end up.

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