Mens Formal Wear Style Fit And Occasion

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Black tie or white tie? Which tuxedo to wear and when? Which tuxedo style best fits your body type? -- And answers to the most formal wear questions

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Mens Formal Wear Style Fit And Occasion

  1. 1. Since 1886, tuxedos have been the pinnacle of men’s style, representing high society and celebration.
  2. 2. <ul><li>‘ Black tie’ or ‘white tie?’ Surely the dress code on that invitation you received can’t be that simple? </li></ul><ul><li>Those words are code for ‘proper attire’ and you must be in the know to ensure you dress appropriately. </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll decipher the code right here so you’re always dressed just right </li></ul><ul><li>Black Tie & White Tie – Mens formal wear for Black Tie includes tuxedos. White Tie is the ‘top of the top’ in formal wear, meaning ultra-formal with white tie, vest, and tuxedo shirt. </li></ul><ul><li>Black Tie Optional – Also called ‘Creative Black Tie,’ this means you can substitute a dark suit for a men’s tuxedo. </li></ul>‘
  3. 3. <ul><li>Semi-Formal – Men are not required to wear a tuxedo, but should wear a dark suit for evening or a light suit for a daytime event, also called ‘informal’. </li></ul><ul><li>Festive Attire – The same as informal or semi-formal, but incorporating a holiday theme. For example, dark suit and a red or green tie for an evening Christmas party. </li></ul><ul><li>Casual – The least formal requirement. Sometimes you run into ‘dressy casual,’ which is a half step up from casual where you might wear nice trousers and a sports coat. If there are no real requirements, then go casual. </li></ul>‘
  4. 4. <ul><li>Men’s tuxedos and suits must fit properly for the look to work. </li></ul><ul><li>A suit that hangs off the body or clings tightly looks worse than casual attire at a black tie event. </li></ul><ul><li>Matching body type to tailoring is the best way to achieve that flawless, classy tuxedo look. </li></ul><ul><li>Shirt cuffs should ride about an inch beyond the jacket sleeve. </li></ul><ul><li>Jackets should be loose enough to allow ventilation, while still highlighting the body without being baggy. </li></ul><ul><li>Trousers should be slightly wider to accommodate the upper thighs. </li></ul>‘
  5. 5. <ul><li>If you are tall and slender to medium , tuxedos should fit your body well. Look for a double-breasted jacked with added padding in the shoulders and have the waist taken in slightly. This complements the body perfectly by creating a statuesque and manly look. </li></ul><ul><li>Tall and larger than medium build and muscular men should stick with a shawl collar mens tuxedo with a smooth, thin collar without notched lapels. Choose a one button single-breasted jacket with the length running down to the tips of your fingers. Select a tie proportionate to your face. Avoid thin ties and gigantic bow ties. </li></ul>‘
  6. 6. <ul><li>Shorter men should choose a single-breasted jacket with one button near the belt line. This will help give you a taller look. </li></ul><ul><li>A notched lapel works well for thinner men to fill out their frame. </li></ul><ul><li>Huskier men should look for shawl collar tuxedos. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you match the tie to the size of your </li></ul><ul><li>build for a symmetrical and proportional look. </li></ul>‘
  7. 7. <ul><li>Coats come in three different lapel styles, from notched with a V indent to peak with a V indent, which means it comes up like a mountain peak. </li></ul><ul><li>Shawl style has a rounded lapel. </li></ul><ul><li>Single-breasted coats button down the middle where double-breasted styles cross over the center for buttoning. </li></ul><ul><li>A wool tuxedo with a high thread count is top end, but polyester is cheaper and better for men with fabric allergies. </li></ul>‘
  8. 8. <ul><li>Buying 100% cotton tuxedo shirts and dress shirts gives you the highest quality. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are renting a shirt or trying to save money, look for a polyester/cotton blend. </li></ul><ul><li>Microfiber shirts feel extremely light and soft like silk. They are a great buy for comfort during a long event. </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase dress trousers like any other pants by matching the pants to your waist size. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you have a satin stripe down the length of tuxedo trousers. </li></ul><ul><li>Get your pants hemmed to fit the length of your legs. Don’t try to get away without a proper hemming. </li></ul>‘
  9. 9. <ul><li>Mens tuxedo vests personalize your look. They come in a wide range of colors. Purchase a fullback vest instead of an open back vest that just secures with a clasp. </li></ul><ul><li>From the classic bow tie to the western bow tie with its distinctive T shape, you can add style with neckwear. For an upscale look, wear a Windsor style. A button cover can take the place of a tie for a modern look. </li></ul><ul><li>Bump up the formal feel with silver or gold cufflinks or studs. </li></ul><ul><li>Wear suspenders for a traditional style. </li></ul>‘
  10. 10. <ul><li>In the end, achieving the best look for men’s formal wear includes following the dress code, matching your body type, and paying attention to details that polish your look. </li></ul><ul><li>Express yourself through ties, accessories, colors, patterns, and prints. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t feel constrained by dress codes </li></ul><ul><li>and etiquette. Use guidelines to provide </li></ul><ul><li>the framework for your own unique look. </li></ul>‘

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