Tuxedos - Grooms you need to learn the lingo before going shopping for your wedding tuxedo.
Understanding the mystery of men's wedding attire is getting the terminology down. Knowing the lingo lets you, with a little help - translate your personal style into wedding day elegance.
The tuxedo is the suit that set James Bond apart from the others. The tux comes in a range of styles to suit every taste and is usually worn at formal or semiformal evening events.
Tuxedos are usually tailored in silk, wool, mohair, or a blend and come in black, grey white or ivory. Textured fabrics, a woven stripe or pattern are becoming very popular with todays grooms.
A tuxedo jacket can be single-breasted, or double-breasted, with shawl or notched lapels. A newer look, called a 5 button tuxedo, features a stand up collar and no lapels. Traditionally worn with black, satin-striped trousers.
Glossary of terms used when describing the wedding tuxedo....
Full dress,tails or tailcoat
This jacket has tails, with a 2-6 button front. Generally worn at ultra-formal evening weddings.
Mandarin or Nehru jacket
This jacket has a stand-up collar with no lapels and is worn with a Mandarin-collared shirt.
Cutaway or morning coat
For formal daytime weddings, the groom wears the cutaway coat -- short in the front, long in the back, and tapering from the front waist button to a wide back tail. Cutaway jackets are either black or gray and are worn with matching striped trousers.
This semiformal jacket is a semi-formal suit jacket cut like a tuxedo. Usually charcoal gray or black and typically worn in the daytime.
This lapel features a triangular indention where the lapel joins the collar. This is the least formal lapel style.
This is a smooth, rounded lapel with no notch
This broad, V-shaped lapel points up and out just below the collar line.
If you choose a formal tuxedo, your trousers should match your jacket in style and color. If you'll be in a formal daytime wedding and will wear a stroller coat or cutaway coat, wear gray or gray pin striped trousers.
This collar style crosses in front and is fastened with a shiny button.
Mandarin collar or band collar
This collar stands up around the neck, above the tuxs buttons. The most contemporary-style tuxedo shirt. If ties put you in mind of a hangmans noose, try this shirt: You can wear it without a tie.
This resembles a standard button-front shirt but folds over and around the neck with a wide division between points in front. The wider collar makes it a good choice with a Euro tie or a standard necktie tied Windsor style.
White pique shirt
This standard style dress shirt is made from white pique fabric, which has some texture. Wear it with a white tie and vest.
The most formal choice and the collar style most often worn with tuxedo jackets, this stand-up collar has downward points.
Standard dress-shirt cuffs held together with cuff links.
Cuffs which are folded over and closed with cuff links.
Cuffs that close with a button.
The choice is yours, but formal shirts call for cuff links.
A double knot tie with wide ends that fold over the chest and fastened with a stickpin or tie tack. Usually reserved for ultra-formal daytime weddings and worn with a winged collar tuxedo shirt, cutaway coat and striped gray trousers.
This is a new tie that is simply a band, usually black, worn with a stand up-collar-shirt. It may feature a decorative button or stud at the center.
The perfect tie for a classic tux. Bow ties come in several colors besides basic black and should match the color of the vest or cummerbund. White is reserved for very formal events, and colored bow ties are suitable for any occasion. Bur remember - basic black is classic.
A small flower arrangement, usually consisting of 1 or 2 blossoms and a few sprigs of greenery pinned to the left lapel.
This is a cross between an ascot tie and a regular necktie. Its a long, square-bottomed tie knotted at the neck and worn with a wing collar or spread collar shirt. The Euro offers a more formal look that's not as all-out as an ascot.
Perfect for more casual, yet still elegant wedding attire.
Vests or waistcoats
Available in either single or double breasted styles. A vest in an optional accessory that can be worn with almost any tuxedo ensemble. For an very formal evening wedding, choose a white tie and waistcoat. For a less formal wedding, match the vest color to the bridesmaids dresses.
These are pleated swatches of fabric worn around the waist. Usually basic black, but you can choose from colored cummerbunds to match the bridesmaid dresses or the wedding colors. A cummerbund is always worn with its folds pointing upward.
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