Tuxedo Styles: Classic or Contemporary

As a groom that’s still early in the wedding planning process, carve out some time to spend time with your bride to look at some of your tuxedo options. Whether you choose one of the classic tuxedo styles that Americans have used since the high society days of 1886, or a modern update that infuses formalwear with the passion of rock, jazz, and hip-hop, you can find a variety of options to look chic and powerful on your walk down the aisle.

Classic. Ever since wealthy denizens of Tuxedo Park, New York started wearing handsome dinner jackets to their private clubs, gentlemen of distinction have celebrated good times by donning classy formalwear. If you go all the way and choose top hats and tails, fashion experts recommend that you rent your garments for your wedding day. Since you will only be wearing that outfit once, splurge on the spiffiest rental tuxedo your budget will allow.

On the other hand, a less fancy tuxedo in a timeless cut can serve you well for as long as you can maintain your waistline. If you think that you’ll attend more than your share of black tie events in the near future, a basic tuxedo might not cost much more than a week’s rental.

Fashion experts suggest that, if you’re planning on buying a tuxedo for your wedding, you should choose a basic, elegant jacket and classic trousers. Remember that you can mix and match your accessories, so you can get more mileage from your tuxedo by wearing different ties and cummerbunds later on. (Your bride may want to store your wedding tie and cummerbund in her keepsake box!)

Seek inspiration from these classic tuxedo designers:

Oscar de la Renta:
Yves Saint Laurent:
Geoffrey Beene:

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