Wednesday, June 8, 2011

DOs and DON'Ts of Wearing a Tuxedo

A well fitting tuxedo creates a classic look

We want you to look your best in your tuxedo!  Here are some tips to keep you on track.

  • Wear formal shoes - preferably black lace-up patent leather oxfords, with the emphasis on the patent leather
  • Wear suspenders if you want to - tuxedo pants don't have belts, so there's no reason not to
  • Wear a white pocket handkerchief to bring together the look
  • Make sure your tuxedo is fitted correctly - about a half inch of your shirt cuff should extend past the end of the coat jacket when your arms are down
  • Wear black formal socks
  • Wear special cufflinks to set yourself apart
  • Remember to check the pockets of your tux rental before returning to the store- you don't want to forget your camera or anything else


  • Don't use the plastic buttons of the tuxedo shirt if it has them - use studs instead - they come with the tux rental - but to make it easy, put the studs in the shirt before you put your shirt on - that way, you can just close the shirt up as if you were using buttons 

  • Don't wear cufflinks backwards - the cufflinks should be facing up
  • Don't button the bottom button of a 2 or 3 button tuxedo
  • Don't wear a black shirt with a tuxedo unless it's a look that you're specifically going for (the look, by the way, unless you're a rock star, is that of someone that does not know how to dress properly or refuses to do so)
  • Don't wear brown or white socks with a black tuxedo (Just because MJ did it doesn't mean that you can)
  • JUST DON'T!!
  • Don't take off your bowtie and leave it hanging around your neck (like you're trying to look like Frank Sinatra) if you're wearing a pre-tied bowtie.  If you really want to rock the look later in the night, you can bring along a regular bowtie and switch it out
  • Don't wear a cummerbund with the pleats facing down


  1. Hi, I really like your presentation with information.

    Special Cufflinks

  2. Great read!! Love reading your blog! Keep posting good stuff like this

  3. The tips and advice are shared in this post should make use by the engaged men's while they are hunting for the wedding dress. For need an assistant help to search the tuxedo and formal wear vendor, they may use the free wedding planner iPad app will be useful for them.

  4. A superb post on how to wear a Tuxedo the right way! Thanks for these useful tips my friend. We have been invited to a destination wedding at one of venues in atlanta and was thinking to wear a Tuxedo. Glad that I found this post at right time.