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Tuxedo 101 – A Guide to the Black Tie

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So you’ve got a Black Tie event on your hands and you can’t seem to wrap your head around the idea of dressing up during this lazy weather? You’re not alone. But the thing is, if you think about it, wearing a tuxedo – and pulling it off quite nicely, might we add – can really be a mood-lifter. And to top it all off, there’s nothing quite like a dapper tuxedo that fits you like a glove to make all the ladies swoon. Did we convince you yet?

With that in mind, there’s a special art to pulling off a tuxedo like a true gentlemen. But first, there’s a common misconception that leads people to believe that wearing tuxedos can suit any kind of event. True? Wrong. These special types of suits must only be reserved to black tie events – and yes, tuxedo nights with the boys – so that they preserve their elite-factor. And so, to make this task a tiny bit easier, we’ve rounded up a few tried-and-true tips to make you feel like a true debonair man.

  1. A tuxedo is hardly an everyday wear. You might be shocked to know that some people find it rather fitting to wear tuxedos on a regular basis. And so the first thing to keep in mind is that this formalwear is solely considered eveningwear.
  2. If the suit and the trousers don’t fit like you were born in them, then something is not right. Make sure that the sleeves are not too short, yet not too long. Make sure the pads are not falling too far off of your shoulders. Also, make sure the trousers are not loose and shapeless.
  3. Whichever way you choose to go for with the cut, you will need to do a round-check at your tailor’s. No questions asked.
  4. Don’t underestimate the power of a waistcoat. If you want to pull a James Bond, add a black waistcoat and elevate your look in a matter of seconds.
  5. Finally, make sure your bow, your cufflinks and every other accessory to your tuxedo is on point. After all, it’s all about the way you accessorize your look!

For more tips on how to keep your “Dapper status” ongoing, click here!

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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