Tuxedo season is approaching....so here is a screen shot from an Urban Daddy post. It's a perfect example of Tuxedo do's and don'ts...otherwise known as Style and Funeral. The man on the left is wearing a tuxedo (he looks stylishly festive). The man on the right is wearing a black suit and tie (he looks like he is waiting to give the eulogy at a funeral).
Unfortunately, many men try to substitute a black suit and tie for a black tuxedo. Let's put some basic logic into the picture: black tuxedos are worn to formal events, ceremonies (weddings) and celebrations. A black suit and tie is traditionally worn to a funeral or a Blues Brothers revival. Do they seem like good substitutes?
For you rebels out there who want to break away from the traditional tuxedo, play with different lapels, cuffs, trouser styles, shoes and accessories. Just make sure it's still a black tuxedo after you have tricked it out.
If you aren't in love with the bow tie aspect of a tux, opt for a full vest and a formal tie instead. I love a full vest (waistcoat) because it allows the man to take off his jacket, yet still look dressed well (versus dressed like a waiter).
In summary, when attending a black tie event, please wear a black tuxedo. It's the one outfit every man can look fantastic in. Why waste that opportunity?
-Lisa Bruckner Founder & CEO Hendricks Park