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10 Tips for Wearing a Tuxedo

There’s more to wearing a tuxedo than meets the eye. Let us help you in 10 easy steps look great for your event or occasion!

1. Shoulder fit is crucial. It’s worth sacrificing a little comfort to have a fitted look. Big and loose is not for formal attire.

a man in a tuxedo jacket snug around the shoulders

2. Your coat sleeves should be slightly shorter than your shirt sleeves to allow for a touch of shirt cuff to be exposed as your hands are by your side. Never judge your sleeve length by raising your arms in front of you (unless, of course, you’re planning on walking around like that).

proper coat sleeve length exposes a small portion of shirt cuff

3. Tuxedo trousers are never cuffed.

black tuxedo trousers that are not cuffed around the ankle

4. Tuxedo trousers should have a slight break on top of the shoe. You don’t want your socks showing, but you also don’t want your pants dragging on the ground or bunching up on top of your shoes and looking sloppy.

proper length trousers that break on top of the shoe but do not drag on the ground

5. Cuff links are formal jewelry and should always be worn on your tuxedo shirt.

a shirt cuff exposed beneath a black tuxedo jacket revealing a cuff link

6. Tapered tuxedo shirts allow for a more tailored appearance when the jacket is removed.

a man in a tapered white shirt without tuxedo jacket

7. Wing tip shirt collars are more formal than a laydown collar. However, either may be worn with a bow tie.

a comparison of a wing-tip collared shirt and a lay down collared shirt with bow ties.

8. Shirt collars are intended to fit snug at the neck. A loose collar looks sloppy and tends to make your tie appear farther away from your neck than it should.

a snug shirt collar with bow tie

9. Patent shoes are the finest way to finish the look of your tuxedo. They’re formal. Without them, its like a fancy car with plain tires instead of shiny rims. Patent shoes complete the look.

patent dress shoes

10. The breast pocket on your tuxedo jacket is there for a reason – and it’s not a flower. It’s made for a pocket square. Jackets look empty without one.

breast pocket of tuxedo jacket with a red and white pocket square folded neatly inside.

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