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7 Things to Know When Shopping for a Tux

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When choosing your tuxedo for your wedding day, there are a few key things to remember. You have to consider the color and style that will complement the wedding theme and, most of all, your partner’s attire. When it comes time to put the wedding party’s look together, you want to make sure there is a seamless flow throughout. Here are some of the things you should consider when shopping for a tux:

 

difference between a tux and suit

 

Difference Between a Tuxedo or Suit

 

Many are perplexed by the decision to choose either a tux or a suit. First, what is the difference? The main difference between a suit and a tuxedo is the presence of satin. Tuxes feature satin-facing lapels and satin-covered buttons, whereas suit lapels typically consist of the same fabric as the jacket and have plastic or fabric-covered buttons. Some tuxedo pockets may even include silk accents, while suit pockets have a simple opening.

Although the differences between a tux or suit don’t seem to be deal-breaking, they can make a difference in the wedding look/feel. A suit is often more casual, trendy, and versatile, while a tux is more traditional, timeless, and formal. It’s ultimately up to you as a couple to choose the vibe and dress code you want for your wedding. Thinking about the wedding’s feel, looking at pictures, and talking through options with a professional can help you decide what the best option is for you!

 

wedding party

 

Renting or Buying

 

When considering these options, you may want to look at the price to buy vs. rent. Tuxes aren’t something that you come out of your house in for everyday wear, not to mention they are expensive. You have to think–will I ever wear this again? A suit is more reasonably priced, and you are more than likely going to wear it again; however, once you add in all the accessories to complete your perfect look, things can get expensive. Most places have the option to rent or buy. While buying can be a great option if you plan to use your suit or tux on multiple occasions, about 90% of our couples usually rent.

Renting is an easy process, saves money, ensures everyone matches, and we take care of all the details! You pick out what you want to wear on your wedding day, from the jacket and vest to shoes and jewelry; we measure you and your party and order the tuxes! When they come in, we can get you replacements if needed to ensure you get the perfect fit for your perfect day. After that, you can bring them to us, or we can send you on your way with a direct ship form that allows you to ship them back to the source! Renting all tuxes or suits from one place helps create a seamless look throughout the wedding party because you don’t have to worry about an odd man out. Every shirt, jacket, pant, shoes, neck wear, and accessories are the same, and the wedding party looks uniform.

 

wedding party groomsmen and groom in tuxes at wedding

 

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

 

Although finding a tux to wear does not require as much time as a wedding dress that can take up to 6 months, you don’t want to wait until the last minute. Have your tux at least 2-3 months before the wedding, so you and your groomsmen can get measurements and make sure they fit! If there are any problems, this gives us time to order you replacements and resolve any issues with the fit of the tux.

 

grey tuxedo with colored bridesmaid dresses

 

Color

 

The color is one of the first things you want to decide when choosing a tux. It’s the most obvious factor about tuxes that can determine the fate of the wedding party look. You want to decide the color that will flow most flawlessly with your partner’s attire. Here is our take on colors:

Black is a classic

  • The color black is timeless and the perfect neutral that will match anything perfectly. If you are struggling to find colors that match your vision perfectly, you may want to stick with a black that will never let you down.

A pop of color makes a statement

  • Whether you go with tan or navy, or grey, we think that coordinating your suit or tux to match your partner is a fantastic way to incorporate your style into the wedding. You can even correspond your neck wear and pocket square to the wedding’s accent colors in a way to spice up the wedding party look–but that’s a discussion for another bullet point.
  • You can use color as a way to distinguish the groom from the rest of the party. For example: choose to put the groom in navy and the groomsmen in tan, or vice versa. You could even choose to mix and match tones. There are so many options when you start incorporating colors.

The tux or suit color can determine the whole vibe of the wedding, so it’s essential to think about it before going shopping.

 

getting measurements done for a tux

 

Fit

 

A proper fit is crucial when dressing the men of the wedding party. The typical fits that are offered are traditional, modern, slim, and ultra-slim. Here we will break down the differences:

Traditional-This one speaks for itself. This fit is more traditional and boxy that fits the average build. It doesn’t taper to the body, instead it flows for a less structured fit.

Modern-A modern fit is for someone who wants something modern but not too trendy. It tapers the body a little bit, so it fits most body types comfortably.

Slim-A slim fit hugs your shoulders to add more of a shape and tapers to contour your body. The slim fit is in right now for a clean and tapered look that will leave your wedding party looking fresh and neat.

Ultra-Slim-This fit will truly form to your body. It’s tapered to give you a trendy and fashion-forward fit that you can’t go wrong with.

tux neck wear and vest color

 

Vest

 

The vest is something that not a lot of people think about when shopping for a tux. After choosing a color and style that you want to go with, you can start customizing things like the vest. As a vest is apart of the tux, you have to decide if you want it to be the same color as the rest of the tux or if this is where you want to incorporate a pop of color. Some prefer leaving the vest the same color as the rest of the tux to create a more uniform look. Some take the vest as an opportunity to include more accent colors or match the bride’s flowers if they feature a pop of color.

neck wear on a tux and vest

 

Neck wear and Pocket Square

 

Neck wear is another place that you can incorporate a little more color. You can choose to wear a neck tie or a bow tie with your tux or suit, but either way this is where a lot of people choose to incorporate their color. Traditionally, a bow tie is worn with a tux because it works better with those details than a necktie. It’s all about personal preference and what you want your wedding party to look like. To differentiate the groom from the groomsmen, put them in opposite neck wear. You may want to bring swatches of your bridesmaids dresses or other colors in your wedding for color matching to create a seamless look among the whole party! The pocket square can match your neck wear or be a neutral color, it’s up to you!

Shopping for tuxes is another fun part of the wedding planning process. It’s one of the last steps you take in order to put the wedding party look together, which is a huge part of your wedding day vibe! Get excited, because you are one step closer seeing your vision come true, and saying “I do”! We would love to help you find the perfect tux or suit for your perfect day–and if you are a Sophia’s Bride, you get a super special discount that you can learn about at your appointment! (Hint: $40 off each rental & if there are enough rentals, the groom gets his for $35!) Visit any of our locations, or make an appointment here to get your vision moving!

 

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