Tuxedo Style

"Style is everything."

The tuxedo style you choose should be comfortable, it should fit well, and it should go well with your particular build.

For a more indepth look into the different styles to choose from, check out the tuxedo styles below.

Notch Lapel Tuxedo

A Notch lapel tuxedo is named so because of the way the tuxedo's collar and lapel align with each other at an angle. The look that is created is the same that you would see on your everyday business suit.

This look is more formal than a shawl lapel tuxedo, but less formal than the peak lapel tuxedo. Personally I prefer the peaked lapel over the notched lapel tuxedo. I feel that if you want to go with a notched lapel, you might as well just wear a suit.

However, I would certainly choose a notched model over a shawl lapel tuxedo. The notched will at least provide some sort of formality.

Some people like this type of tuxedo over the peaked because they feel the peaked lapel makes the tuxedo look old fashioned and more like a costume than black tie apparel. Either way, you generally won't be called out on wearing either a notched lapel or a peaked lapel.

When you are buying a tuxedo for a wedding or something else that is very formal, I would stick with the peaked lapel. If you intend on wearing a tuxedo for something a bit less formal like a party or a get together, feel free to go with a notched or peaked model. When in doubt, try all three out and decide which one you feel looks best on you.

Notch Lapel Tuxedo

A Notch lapel tuxedo is named so because of the way the tuxedo's collar and lapel align with each other at an angle. The look that is created is the same that you would see on your everyday business suit.

This look is more formal than a shawl lapel tuxedo, but less formal than the peak lapel tuxedo. Personally I prefer the peaked lapel over the notched lapel tuxedo. I feel that if you want to go with a notched lapel, you might as well just wear a suit.

However, I would certainly choose a notched model over a shawl lapel tuxedo. The notched will at least provide some sort of formality.

Some people like this type of tuxedo over the peaked because they feel the peaked lapel makes the tuxedo look old fashioned and more like a costume than black tie apparel. Either way, you generally won't be called out on wearing either a notched lapel or a peaked lapel.

When you are buying a tuxedo for a wedding or something else that is very formal, I would stick with the peaked lapel. If you intend on wearing a tuxedo for something a bit less formal like a party or a get together, feel free to go with a notched or peaked model. When in doubt, try all three out and decide which one you feel looks best on you.

Shawl Lapel Tuxedos

Shawl Lapel Tuxedos were popular in the 70's and 80's but have since gone out of style. Many people do not even know what this type of tuxedo looks like.

The shawl lapel tux is similar to the other model tuxedos with the exception of its lapel. Lapels on this jacket are completely curved and appear to be very informal. The best example of this type of tuxedo lapel can be seen in Hugh Hefner's smoking jacket.

The lapels on both the smoking jacket and the shawl lapel tux are both the same, with the exception of a slot for a pin on the tuxedo's left lapel.

These types of tuxedos appear very informal and most people prefer not to wear them. You'll find that these tuxedos are hard to find and yet do not cost anymore to buy. This is simply because demand for them is very low.

If you prefer a toned down tuxedo look than you may want to get this tuxedo. However, most people would point out that you could simply wear a suit or some other piece of formal wear rather than bring down the tuxedo.

For those of you that are trying to decide what type of tuxedo lapel to get, you should really look towards either the peaked or notched. Peaked lapel tuxedos will look much more formal and notched lapel tuxedos will look more like hyped up versions of business suits.

Peak Lapel Tuxedo

The peak lapel tuxedo is the least common of all tuxedos worn for different occasions. Gentlemen who have thinner bodies are more likely to have this type of tuxedo because it tends to make them look bigger than they really are. Always make sure you have the bottom button is unbuttoned.

The demand for this type of tux is less than 80% of the market. They are reasonably affordable to rent and even more economical to buy. They can be worn with practically every tuxedo pattern you can think of.

An interesting point of notice is that this type of tuxedo is the modern version of the tailcoat. It is worn most often at awards ceremonies and offers a unique contemporary style to a person's persona.

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