The versatile fashion industry has generated many trends, fads, and looks over the past hundred years. If we talk about feminine fashion we come across a plethora of styles, trends, accessories, furs, jewels, and makeup. For men, the line is drawn at the attire and how to accessorize their whole ensemble. A fashionable man is incomplete without his trusted suit and his prized tuxedo. Let us first discuss the difference between a tuxedo and a suit. The tuxedo has gone through an evolution over the years, but it still has certain characteristics that differentiate it from a suit.
Fabric of a Tuxedo: The main difference between a tux and a suit is that of fabric. A tuxedo has satin details, the front lapels, the buttons, and the side stripes down the pant legs are all satin, while a suit doesn't have any satin details. In the first stare of fashion these days, tuxedos minimize the use of satin to a thin trim on the lapels and a svelte stripe down the pant leg.
A suit however is made as a whole with the same material. A suit doesn't have satin buttons but bone, plastic, or fabric-covered buttons.
Accessories to Wear with a Tuxedo: A cummerbund, waistcoat, suspenders, and bowtie are the main accessories of a tuxedo. Suits, in comparison, tend to be more versatile than tuxes and can be dressed up or down. They can be worn with vests for a more formal or festive look and without for an easy-going look. They look majestic with both bowties and long ties.
Shirt Style with a Tuxedo: A white shirt that has either a wing collar or a turn-down collar is the only perfect accessory of a tuxedo. Suits on the other hand are flexible and can be paired up with a variety of shirts and colors.
Footwear for a Tuxedo: A tuxedo needs to be worn with black patent shoes. However, with suits, the choices are diverse ranging from Loafers, oxfords, or slip-on shoes to patent dress shoes.
Occasions to Wear a Tuxedo: If we could name the time of the day a tuxedo is most appropriate and reserved for, it would be evening events only. They are reserved for formal occasions like black-tie weddings, charity galas, and nights at the opera. Suits can be worn at any time in the day. They are adaptable and can be worn for a meeting as well as a date.
A tuxedo is an exceptionally detailed formal wear for men. It dates back to more than a century. It has developed over time with use of innovative fabrics but the essence is that it's a very intricate suit that is stitched in luxury fabrics and requires extra trimmings and components than a men's suit does. A groom is often the one who wears a tuxedo to have that grand magnanimous look. Since the stitching of a tuxedo is an extremely intricate process with all the accessories to complete the outfit, they are custom-made and often cost a lot of money. They are formal attire hence worn sparingly a couple of times over a year so their usability is a bit on the lower side. There are rentals and off-the-rack options available when shopping for a tuxedo but the wise thing to do is to have them custom made. Tuxedos cost about $700 to $1,000 for the jacket and pants. Even if you can find a tuxedo on sale you will still be paying more for it than a suit as it needs to be bought with all its accessories, the shirt, vest, cummerbund, bowtie, and patent leather shoes. You will also have the added cost of alterations. As the key to a perfect outfit is in its fitting, an off-the-rack tuxedo will need to be altered and still would not look as good as the one made specifically for you. The accessories which include shirt studs, cufflinks, bow ties, cummerbunds, and more are all details that have to be included. Because of all these must-haves with a tuxedo, they end up being quite expensive.
Our word of advice is to shop according to the occasion if it's a casual event, a family celebration, or even a big promotion party at the office the prudent approach would be to go for a suit as they are more versatile and wearable. but if it is your wedding, be a little more extravagant and spend on a good tuxedo. It definitely will exude the perfect air of elegance and class and make you stand out in a crowd, and when else to be more illustrious than at one's wedding.