What are tuxedos?
Tuxedos are formal
jackets accompanied by formal trousers and accessories. Visually, tuxedos
are differentiated from suits by their traditional satin lapels.
additionally, the accompanying trousers will have a satin stripe on the
outer side of each leg.
The jacket cut is based on
the general form of the garment. Typically you can buy tuxedos in the following
There are a few other styles
of men's formal wear that are not actually tuxedos, they are; Cutaway Jackets and Stroller Jackets.
Single breasted refers to the
button array on the front of the tuxedo jacket which is in a single line. One
jacket side overlaps the other by an inch or two depending on the manufacturer.
The amount of buttons on the front of a tuxedo can vary from 1 to 5 on
mainstream styles and all the way to 12 for high fashion tuxedos. Typically if
you wear a one button single breasted tuxedo, you wear the jacket open at all
times. For every tuxedo jacket with more than one button, etiquette tells us
that you must button every button except the bottom. There are exceptions to
this rule but it should be followed for photos of your formal event.
Double Breasted Tuxedos
Double breasted tuxedos have
two rows of buttons on the front of the jacket. The overlap on the front of a
double breasted tuxedo is much wider than its single breasted variant. Typically
the flaps end mere inches from the side of your body. Double-breasted coats must
be worn closed at all times. When buttoning these type of jackets note that
there is a button on the inside which need to be buttoned as well as the
outside. The inside button makes certain that the tuxedo jacket will keep the
right form when you are moving around by not allowing the inside jacket-front
flap move from its designated place on your body. On the outside you will
usually find one or two buttons to fasten and up to six total non-functioning
buttons which are used as styling cues.
Coat / Fulldress Tuxedos
A tail-coat which is more
formally known as a Fulldress tuxedo is a waist length tuxedo jacket that is cut
sharply in the front and fashions a tail of pleated fabric in the back to
complete the look. Tail jackets in the popular single breasted version do not
have functional buttons. Depending on the lapel of the jacket you will find two
to six non-functional buttons. Tails tuxedo accessories are very specific. You
should wear either a cummerbund and tie or a height adjustable vest and tie.
Canes and top hats are optional. If you wear a fullback non-height-adjustable
vest with a tail coat, it will usually show about four or more inches of vest at
the bottom-front of the jacket. The look requires only an inch or two and looks
less fitted otherwise.
An Eaton tuxedo is a waist
coat with a satin lapel. The cut is derived from a tail-coat but without the
tails. All other aspect of the Eaton jacket are the same as the above mentioned
tail coat / fulldress tuxedo.
Tuxedos: White Tuxedos | Tails
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