The tuxedo is an icon of the wedding day. Instantly classic, yet infinitely customizable. There are cufflinks to play with, boutonnieres to pin, and vests to match. It's each man's opportunity to be 007 for a day. Whether purchasing or renting, be sure to follow a few tips on style so that the look is perfect at the altar.
Decide on your jacket style. Try on multiple styles to see which flatters you most.
- Will it be single breasted or double?
- Don't forget the option of tails.
- Is your wedding outdoors and summery? Try an alternative to black, such as grey or chocolate brown.
Remember your buttons.
- A two button coat has only the top button fastened.
- A three button coat has the middle button fastened, with the option of buttoning the top.
- Never belt a tux. The vest or cummerbund is the proper choice. It can match your tuxedo or compliment the wedding colors, and generally a deep color will look best.
Choose either a boutonniere or a pocket kerchief. Never both.
- Choose a boutonniere if the lapel has the specific buttonhole for it.
- Never put a boutonniere on a satin lapel without the buttonhole. You'll never be rid of the pin mark.
- Experiment with different types of pocket squares. For a modern look, use just a rectangular sliver of color peeking out of the pocket. For a more traditional look, create a peaked fold.
Always bring a spare dress shirt and spare dress socks.
- A spare shirt is a lifesaver when summer heats up.
- Dress socks should come up over the calf so that when seated, no skin is visible at the ankle. A spare set will almost always come in handy for a forgetful groomsman.
Deciding on the tuxedo can be as challenging as determining whether to rent or to buy. The general rule is to forecast whether or not the tuxedo would be worn about once a year. If so, a purchase can be a great investment. If not, renting is a wise option.
If you decide to rent, there are a few points to consider:
- Firstly, it must be tried on.
- Make sure sleeves hit at the right length.
- Try on the pants with the actual dress shoes that will be worn to verify the pant length is correct.
- Find out how alterations can be made if they are necessary. Does the shop need to make them, or are you responsible for finding a tailor? Do they charge for having the suit changed?
- Are all zippers and buttons in good condition?
- How far before the wedding can the suit be picked up?
- What are the conditions if damage occurs to the suit?
- Can someone else return it if you are departing immediately for the honeymoon? If so, assign a specific person to this role and have a plan to get the suit to them.