A tuxedo, or tuxedo to use their colloquial name, is the formal dress of choice for men attending events such as dinner parties and weddings. One of the reasons why many men prefer tuxedos over other types of formal menswear, is because tuxedos are so simple. All men look respectable in a well-tailored tuxedo.
The tuxedo gains instant aesthetic appeal and richness from the perfect color coordination of the various components: white shirt, black or white bow tie, black jacket and black pants, or any combination of red or white bow tie, white shirt, cream pants and coat or a cream jacket. In addition to the attractive component color combinations, tuxedos also come in a variety of sizes. As a result, all men, regardless of physical proportions, can find a tuxedo to fit. The key to looking sharp and dashing in any outfit (including formal wear like a tuxedo) is to only wear clothes that fit you.
Nowadays, it’s hard to find a good tailor to make customized clothes. Even if you are lucky enough to find one, it is very expensive to have a customized garment made, compared to simply buying a similar piece of clothing from either a traditional clothing store, or an online store. An easier and more affordable way to find clothes that fit you is to know your clothing size and physical measurements.
Of course, to buy a tuxedo that fits you, you need to know your measurements for each component of the garment, such as vest size, trouser size, shirt size, and jacket size. Therefore, it is important to measure the various parts of your body that are used to measure the size of these components. For example, to find your shirt size, you’d have to measure your neck, as well as your sleeve length. You calculate your jacket size by measuring the circumference of your chest and sleeves. Your vest size is based on your jacket size. For pants size, measure the length of the pants (out seam) and waist circumference. There are many YouTube videos that will walk you through these measurements. Alternatively, you can always ask a relative or friend to take these measurements on your behalf.
It is a personal choice whether you buy or rent a tuxedo. You should make this choice depending on your available funds and your social calendar. If you are going to several weddings/dinners each year, it may be wiser to buy your own tuxedo, rather than renting one. Then again, if you hardly ever attend formal events, renting a tuxedo whenever necessary is probably the best option. Choosing the right size for each tuxedo component is the secret to looking good in a tuxedo. Follow the advice above, and you’ll look smart and irresistible the next time you attend a formal event.