WAY TO GO NEW YORK!! Well now that that’s out of the way let’s talk Tuxedos. Why? Because I know a lot of us Dandies are going to be dropping down to one knee and asking our beautiful girls to be our one-and-only’s and while they go off to find that perfect wedding dress (our suit) we need to show up looking sharper than we’ve ever looked before.
Renting a Tux is one way to go but you do not want to look like you’re going to the prom on your wedding day. But tuxedo rental is certainly the most economical way to suit up the Dandies in your wedding party. But if you’re the Groom, it’s the biggest fashion day of your life so dont’ rent your tux, buy it and have it tailored to fit your body impeccably. Even if you are on a tight budget you can buy a very nice used designer tuxedo for around the same price you can to rent one three more times. I know you plan on only getting married once, but there will be many other occassions (like other weddings) to wear it to so why not be the cool Dandi that looks elegant in their formalwear everytime.
Those of us bigger Dandies should get a two or four button double-breasted jacket. Again, get your jacket and pants tailored to fit your body. If you are going to bind be sure and wear it the day of the fitting (if it isn’t something you always wear).
Again all black is the most elegant. Actually if you can get a midnight, let me repeat, midnight (not navy or royal) blue tux. It reads richer and blacker than black which can sometimes look harsh green in the wrong light. If you want to wear Tails do it! But take it all the way and get your top-hat to match your pants, wear fitted gloves (white or grey) and get spats for your shoes. In the case of Tails, go ahead and rent. Unless you are a might eccentric they will not work in every formal occassion and won’t be worth the expense.
As I mentioned in The Style you can get a top-hat, gloves, spats, but then there is also the cumberbund or vest, bow-tie or traditional tie, jewelery like a watch chain, cuff-links or tie-clips. Add a handerchief in your jacket pocket that contrasts with your shirt and/or add a flower to your lapel for added style. Play around with these ideas, remember to be yourself inside of this formal presentation. It is important not to lose the essence of who you are.
What I love most about this picture of Darren Criss in this Prada one button tuxedo is the shirt. To me when it comes to the shirt the last thing you want to wear is an actual tuxedo shirt. Here is your chance to really make the look your own. I feel there is very little you can do wrong here and once you pick the shirt you can accessorize with the ideas above to make the look complete. The shirt is also a great way to continue to wear your tuxedo for years to come and always have it look totally different.
Photo courtesy of GQ
I know you want to look nice for your bride and impress your bois so give your special day the attention and care you deserve. you want it to fit.