Blue suit now most popular color pick!


Popular retailers selling two blue suits for every one black


         Nothing makes a guy look better than a nice, crisp suit. There have been endless surveys on the subject, all which produce the same results. In fact, a Complex article stated that when questioned about Tinder profile preferences, the only constant thing that women didn’t mind was seeing a guy in a suit.


But the suit itself has seen a bit of a metamorphosis in this decade. And that change is mostly geared toward the color of suits that guys prefer to wear. And according to the Dailymail website, a popular retailer is now selling Four times as many blue suits as black ones!


The rise of the blue suit, and the fall of the black suit


         I should probably make one thing abundantly clear here. Black suits will never completely fade out of style. Black suits will always look great, and there will always be occasions for them. For example, I think think I’ve ever seen someone specifically ask for a blue suit for a funeral.


I will talk about the theme of versatility quite a bit in this piece, because of it’s sheer relevance. A black suit holds almost unlimited versatility with the accessories you pair it with (tie, pocket square, cufflinks, etc.)


But what about the suit itself? There is only one color black, after all. So, other than different degrees of shininess or different fabrics, there’s not much you can do without incorporating other colors. And you can do all of that and more with a blue suit.


Why a blue suit?


         Blue suits and grey suits have always been strong colors for business and boardrooms. This is probably the only thing useful that I ever learned from the movie ‘Cheaper by the Dozen.’ But the rise in popularity for a blue suit can be explained with one word: versatility.


A blue suit can come in a very wide range of different shades. This way, people who don’t want to show off too much can pick one of the darker shades, like navy. On the other hand, lighter shades like royal or cobalt are head-turners.


“But you just said that grey can do the same thing,” you might be thinking right about now. Well, you’re right, I did say that. Thing is, grey suits have been in the spotlight much longer. In fact, I was just having a conversation about this with a suit store owner in Los Angeles. And, like he said, ‘grey never goes out of style.’ And he’s right; grey will most likely always have a sort of timeless quality to it. The same can be said for black suits. But right now, the blue suit is in the spotlight, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.


More than just a blue suit


         However, the new hip color isn’t just relegated to semi-formal or business wear. The color can also be commonly found now in the form of the blue tuxedo. Generally, the most popular shades have been either royal blue or navy blue. Local tuxedo shops have taken notice, and as a result the options for blue tuxedos are more plentiful now.


If anyone went and saw the movie ‘Casino Royale,’ you might have noticed a slight change in Bond’s wardrobe. 007 rocked a navy blue tuxedo, instead of his typical white or black attire. And when James Bond dons something, you KNOW that it looks stylish.


The blue suit in weddings


         Do a quick Google search for ‘blue suits in weddings’ and you will come up with thousands of results. Many people are eager to share their ideas for the theme on Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media sites. The blue suit hasn’t just taken the office or streets by storm, it’s done the same in wedding halls.


People pick the blue suit in weddings for the same reason they pick it for business or street-wear. It adds some color while still keeping the overall tone neutral. In other words, it’s a good way to throw some personality into your big event without going overkill on it.


Now personally, I don’t love the idea of anyone wearing a suit up on the wedding altar. Hold on, torches and pitchforks down, people. My opinion is not law or fact, but just thoughts. Weddings are a time to look your absolute best, so why would you wear anything less formal than a tuxedo?


And as I said, there are plenty of blue tuxedos to choose from. My personal favorite is the indigo blue one-button tuxedo by London Fog, with a black lapel. You can inquire about buying it here. But if you’re looking for a darker blue, can see my favorite navy/midnight pick.

But if you still like the idea of rockin’ the blue suit for a wedding, then I can still impart a recommendation. I’m a big fan of the cobalt blue two-button setup from Fino Uomo. It’s a slim-fit coat, pants and vest, and brings out the best features in anyone who slips into it.

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Picking the blue suit for prom


         Prom is another one of those events where I feel a tuxedo is better suited for wearing. But if your heart is set on suiting up, then take comfort in the fact that you certainly won’t be alone. Businesses saw lots of demand to stock the blue suit for more recent proms. Personally, I saw the popularity of the color blue soar in both 2016 and 2017. And all indicators point to that trend continuing in the future.


Some parting words


         As I said before, there’s no indication that the trend toward blue will go anywhere but up. So if you’ve got the itch to buy a nice blue suit, I suggest you go for it. There’s many different options out there, and I’ve already told you about my favorites.


Stay tuned for future articles about suits and men’s formalwear trends. And as always, if you have any ideas for future posts, be sure to let us know!













Fitted tuxedos; the new normal in tuxedo coats!

Fitted Tuxedos


I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures of some of the more old fashioned tuxedos. And to be perfectly honest, many people these days no longer find them very desirable. As such, more and more wearers prefer the cleaner-cut fitted tuxedos.


This is mostly due to the small, minor features that tuxedos popular in earlier eras have. Now, I say tuxedos, but every single one of these thing applies to suits as well. These include:


  • Shoulder pads
  • Relaxed fit in the coat
  • Pleated tuxedo pants


Shoulder pads; not so desirable in fitted tuxedos


Once such feature is the so-called ‘shoulder pads.’ These subtle inserts are designed to artificially broaden the wearer’s shoulders, and make them look more masculine. However, in lower quality tuxedo coats, the shoulder pads are more obvious than in higher quality outfits.

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Crisp, non-frumpy shoulders; a feature of a fitted tux

Fitted tuxedos eliminates this undesirable feature by either including much smaller shoulder pads, or eliminating them entirely.


Relaxed fit coat; also referred to sometimes as baggy.

This is another one of those coat features that people don’t really find desirable anymore. Many older coats have more of a straight-down cut. This gives them more of a, for lack of a better word, ‘boxy’ sort of look. This type of appearance doesn’t really mesh too well with the typical body type nowadays.

This fit actually isn’t optimal; there should be no ‘pull’ on the coat from the button. This gentleman needs a size bigger.

Lots of people prefer the fitted tuxedos also because it eliminates this feature. A fitted tuxedo sports more of a ‘tapered middle,’ which accentuated the build of the majority of people’s body build.


Look over there; is it Shakespeare? No, it’s just a guy in pleated pants.

Pleats are small folds in the thigh area of pants. These allow for more mobility and greater comfort when doing things like sitting, squatting, or even dancing.

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A pair of double-pleated tuxedo pants.

And while this is great, is had the side effect of simply making a person’s thighs look wider than they are. It also adds more loose fabric to hang free; not a good thing.


Pants that come with fitted tuxedos not only eliminate the pleats. They also go one step further, and provide a tighter fit. This is also known as ‘skinny fit pants, and they do give the wearer’s legs a more slender appearance.


However, if you have bigger legs, consider getting pleated pants, or go halfway; look for non-pleated, non-skinny fit pants. Skinny pants and large thighs or posterior are a volatile combination; ripped pants can mean a big rental replacement bill.


So these are just a few of the features that fitted tuxedos don’t include. However, there are some cases where these features can be more helpful than out-of-date. Be honest with your tuxedo expert.

How do you prefer your tuxedos to fit? Let us know in the comments and rate the article below!

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Tux and Suit Rentals in Phoenix

Tux and Suit Rental Phoenix Arizona

Tux and Suit Rental

Every man needs to wear a tuxedo during at least one or two points in their entire life. And every man needs to wear a suit during several points. Some men even wear suits and tuxedos regularly. Picking an outfit to rent or buy, can be an intimidating prospect. Especially nowadays, with so many choices flooding the market. And this, is where Mr. Formal tux and suit rental in Phoenix comes into play.

The best suit rentals in Phoenix

Mr. Formal tux and suit rental has been helping men and women in Phoenix pick the best outfit for their occasions, for over forty years now. Their location in the heart of Central Phoenix is accessible to people from all over the valley.

You can either make an appointment at their Central Phoenix location, or you can just walk in. The experts at Mr. Formal will make your tux and suit rental easy and hassle-free. They will walk you through every step, helping you pick the best outfit for your occasion.

It doesn’t matter whether your occasion is just a work party, a wedding, a formal gala, or a casual thing. Mr. Formal has tux and suit rentals for any and all occasions.

Mr. Formal Arizona has the best selection

Are you setting up a wedding in Phoenix and looking for an accessory color to match your theme? Mr. Formal has over two hundred different colors and patterns for you to pick from. Your tux and suit rental will always look up to date, since Mr. Formal does their very best to keep the most current colors and styles in stock.

And of course, colors aren’t the only thing to consider when choosing your tux and suit rentals. Mr. Formal also boasts the largest in-stock selection of suits and tuxedos in Arizona.

This means whether you’re looking for an old fashioned look, or a swanky modern cut, they will have it. Mr. Formal in Phoenix has everything from tailcoats to zoot suits to red coats, and many more. If you’re not looking for something that stands out too much, they have the best range of standard suits and tuxedos as well.

Slim and Fitted Suit Styles

Are you looking for a slim fit or fitted look for your tux and suit rental? Mr. Formal in Phoenix has got you covered once again. They have a wide range of fitted coats in black, grey, light grey, ivory, and even navy blue colors!

And as if the biggest in-store selection in Phoenix wasn’t enough, Mr. Formal stands alone in another regard: the personal touch. Their knowledgeable staff will work with you personally to make sure you get the best look and best fit. Your tux and suit rental will come out looking as if it was tailor-made for you!

Stop by any Mr. Formal for your tux and suit rental, and you’ll be the best-dressed in all oh Phoenix!

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Novelty tuxedo vests, yes or no?

Novelty Tux

Novelty tuxedo vests are a trend that only seems to be growing, and not slowing down at all. The novelty tuxedo vests can be a fun way to express your individuality, show your pride for your favorite sports team, or happily declare your allegiance to your favorite TV show or comic! We’ll be taking a closer look at novelty tuxedo vests, how they’re likely to be perceived, and whether they’re a good idea or not for your future event!


Novelty tuxedo vests, or any sort of novelty tuxedo accessories, can be quite fun to wear, and fetching to the right eyes. They can be instant conversation pieces (expect Duck Dynasty fans to stop and talk to you if you wear a camouflage vest like and if you wear a superhero-pattern vest to comic-con, or a sports logo vest at a sports game, you can bet you will receive compliments, people will ask where you got it, and you may even be stopped to take pictures with others!


Giving a good impression

Wearing a novelty tuxedo vest will likely give people the impression that you are fun, creative, and down to earth. And while these are all great things. There are still some places where a novelty tuxedo vest would be a bad idea. For example, if the event is a black tie event for professionals, then a novelty tuxedo vest would probably make it so people have a hard time taking you seriously, especially since at those types of events, first impression is everything.


When it comes to weddings, it really depends on the wedding itself. If your invited to the wedding but not actively participating in it (groomsman, usher, etc.). Then a novelty tuxedo vest might be acceptable as long as the wedding theme isn’t classic or too professional-looking. And, as strange as it seems that I have to say this. It is not okay to wear a novelty tuxedo vest at a funeral. But if the event is a prom, low-key formal gathering, or fun event, then spice it up!

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Difference between suits and tuxedos

Difference between suits and tuxedos

There’s a surprising number of men who still ask the same question that formalwear specialists still get at least once a day: what’s the difference between suits and tuxedos? Granted, to the untrained eye and from a distance these two things might look pretty similar. But it’s more subtle things that make up the difference between suits and tuxedos.


By far the biggest difference between suits and tuxedos is the lapel. Tuxedos will have a satin lapel, giving them a ‘shinier’ look. Tuxedo jackets also have different buttons. Tuxedo buttons lack the four-holed look that suit buttons have, and are instead sewn tight to the jacket using a ‘stem.’” says that suit jacket lapels are often made of the same material as the coat.

Pants make the difference

Pants are another thing that make up the difference between suits and tuxedos. Tuxedo pants will usually have a satin stripe down the vertical side of the leg, whereas suit pants do not have the stripe. Likewise, shoes that are paired with a tuxedo are typically of a patent leather design, though there’s a current trend toward matte finish shoes with tuxedos. Suits, on the other hand, look funny with patent leather shoes, and a pair of nice, non-specific shoes compliment them well.


Now that you know the key differences between tuxedos and suits. Another thing that sets them apart is when they’re typically worn. Suits are more casual than tuxedos. Wearing a suit to any of these would probably make someone look. For lack of better terms, underdressed and out of place. They recommend suits. For just about everything else: more casual weddings, semi-formal dinners, semi-formal work functions, etc. It’s not good to look overdressed, either.

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