Is the tuxedo dead?



Everyone loves to picture the classic ballroom of a bygone era, the men in black tie, the women in glamorous gowns, champagne flowing…. Stop living in the past!

Forget black tuxedo’s. Blue is the new black and has been for the past several years. Be it on the red carpet at the Oscars or at a wedding. Classic yet stylish, midnight blue, navy blue, even indigo it all works.

A traditionalist? Have no fear, black will still work. Make it personal, big bold satin lapels, satin (or maybe gold??) buttons, patent leather shoes. A classic look that never goes out of style, pair it with a gold or stainless steel watch (even an apple watch to show off the technophile in you, and as a bonus you can look back in 20 years and laugh).

Truth be told, the color of your tux should not be your primary concern. The secret to looking good on the big day is simple: the fit. The biggest mistake you can make is to go out and rent a tux that will fit like a bag of potatoes. Buying a tux off the rack is only marginally better. To look your best bespoke is the only option.

Now before you roll your eyes and moan about cost, allow me to relate my story. I have been married for 7 years now, and EVERY SINGLE TIME I walk by our wedding picture I cringe. It pains me to say that I too considered going to a tailor but scoffed at the price. The bills mount, look to where you can save, I get it. I’ve been there. In retrospect, it was a huge mistake, instead of investing in a tuxedo that fits like a glove and that I would have worn several times since then. I chose for the instant gratification of saving a few bucks (ok several hundred dollars). The potato sac is in the garbage, and I spent the money on a tailor made tuxedo anyway (looks fantastic btw).

So take it from me, the tuxedo is NOT dead. Invest in a good one, it will be with you for life!

November 29, 2016 |

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