Fitted Tuxedo Shirts

Fitted Tuxedo Shirts

Fitted Tuxedo Shirts

The first, and probably biggest difference between the newer fitted tuxedo shirts and the older standard tuxedo shirts is…well, the fit! Fitted tuxedo shirts are tapered more in the chest, waist, and arms area, whereas the standard tuxedo shirts tend to be roomier in all three of those areas. Depending on who you are and what kind of build you have, this can either be a good or a bad thing. If you have a slimmer, more athletic body, a fitted shirt would definitely work with your physique. However, if you are carrying extra weight around your middle, chest and arms, then a standard tuxedo shirt will work better with your body.

The typical fitted tuxedo shirt also lacks the pleats that the more classic, standard tuxedo shirts usually have. Pleats are the folds of fabric that vertically adorn the center of the tuxedo shirt, on either side of the buttons. Modern formal-wear styles tend to leave the pleats out, and therefore a lot of fitted tuxedo shirts, which are more in style right now, do not have them. According to Tuxedo Fashions, “flat-front shirts are good for a night out or casual use, as opposed to pleated.”

Modern Tuxedo Fitted Shirts

The modern fitted tuxedo shirt is definitely more favorable than the older standard-fit, pleated shirts. However, the classic shirts do have a couple things on their side. The classic pleated tuxedo shirt will typically cost less to rent or buy than their more trendy, pleat-less counterparts. Pleated tuxedo shirts also hold a more formal, less casual look than the pleat-less ones…. Without a jacket, one might think that someone with a pleat-less fitted shirt on is just wearing a suit shirt. But there’s no written rule on what shirt you have to get when you are completing your formal look. Again, different shirts will look better with different body types and tuxedo styles.

Fitted Tuxedos

Fitted Tuxedos

Fitted Tuxedo

Fitted tuxedos are one of the hottest trends in Men’s fashion. They are known as slim fit. Tailored fit or athletic fit tuxedos. Despite the first impression from the untrained eye, not all tuxedo coats are the same. Different coats will fit different people better than others, and possibly the biggest factor when considering what tuxedo to rent or buy is whether you want a fitted tuxedo or not.

The definition of a fitted tuxedo is pretty obvious: a tuxedo which was either tailored specifically for your body, or looks like it was tailored for you. Typically a tuxedo that is fitted will conform to your body. Accentuating all of your best physical features. For example, it will taper more in the waist area, usually have either smaller or non-existent shoulder pads, and most fitted tuxedos nowadays are made of a lighter, more comfortable weave of fabric than a standard tuxedo.

When Not To Wear a Fitted Tuxedo

As strange as it may sound that I have to say this, fitted tuxedos are not for everyone. There are some body types that a fitted tuxedo will actually look worse on, as opposed to a standard fit tuxedo. For someone overweight a fitted tuxedo coat will not only cling to their larger abdomen and make it more obvious. But there will be a lot less room in the chest area, which always means less mobility.

In some cases, there will even be a chance that the fitted tuxedo coat could rip open. Permanently damaging the garment; an expensive mistake if it’s a rental. Fitted tuxedos are typically only made up to a certain size. Usually between a 46 to a 54, going by chest sizes. The biggest size currently available on Ike Behar’s website in a two-button notch lapel style is a 48 chest.


A fitted tuxedo can either be a great idea, or a terrible one. Fitted tuxedos are generally more expensive than standard ones, so buying a standard tuxedo might save you some scratch. However, if you want the optimal look and performance for your formalwear. Then the fitted tuxedo is the way to go.

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Men’s Popular Tuxedo Coat Styles

Popular Tuxedo Coat Styles


Fashion trends are constantly changing, and the most popular tuxedo coat styles are no different. There have been some minor changes in popularity from year to year. But for the last several years a few things about the most popular tuxedo coats have pretty much held true the entire time. We’re going to explore some of the things that have stayed the same. And some of the things that have changed, over the last several years.

For over five years now, the notch lapel tuxedo coat has reigned supreme as the most popular tuxedo coat style across the board. In pretty much every type of formal function. From weddings to proms to formal balls, most tuxedos you would see probably sport the notch lapel. Perhaps this is due to it’s versatility: according to the Hedford blog, the notch lapel tuxedo coat looks good on just about any body type. Over the last few years the peak lapel tuxedo has seen some resurgence, but not enough to top the current king of tux lapels: the notch.

The amount of buttons in the most popular tuxedo coat is something that has seen much more change in preference over the years. Although, based on sales and rentals nationwide. The two-button coat is the most popular tuxedo coat, perhaps due to it’s more casual nature. Black Tie Guide’s website states that the two-button tuxedo is based on business suit styling. One-button tuxedo coats have seen a huge increase in popularity over the last few years alone. And the gap between the two styles in popularity is quite narrow.

Shorter coats have definitely made an enormous comeback over the last five years or so. Rarely does one see a longer coat anymore, unless it’s part of a certain theme (western wedding, etc.) Shorter, sportier coats with smaller lapels have taken their current place as the most popular tuxedo style nationwide.

Tuxedo Coat Colors

Popular tuxedo coat colors is perhaps the most frequently changing aspect of the most popular tuxedo coat. The classic black still holds the spot for the most popular tuxedo coat today. But close behind that, is the dark grey tuxedo coat. Following dark grey is a color that has seen an enormous rise in popularity: navy blue.

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10 Tips To Save On Your Wedding

10 Tips To Save On Your Wedding

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Whatever your wedding budget, you don’t have to resort to DIY bouquets to come in on target (unless you want to, of course!). Read these 10 tips and save money where it counts without sacrificing on style.

1. Follow the Rule of Three

Choose the three elements of your wedding that are most important to you (maybe your wedding dress, caterer and band, for example), then allocate a little extra money for them. Next, pick three things that fall low on your priority list (like linens, flowers and invitations), and budget accordingly.

2. Trim the Guest List

We know it’s tough, but one of the fastest and most effective ways to lower your wedding cost is to pare down the invitees. Think of it this way: At $100 a head, taking 10 guests off the guest list saves $1,000! Also consider the size of your wedding party: Gifts, hair and makeup are cheaper for two or three than for 10.

If you’re having trouble deciding who to cut, set yourself some ground rules and stick to them. To help you get started, consider crossing out any potential guests that you’ve never spoken to, met or heard of, or that are under 12 years old. Anyone whose bedtime occurs before 9 p.m. will miss the cake cutting anyway, and definitely won’t be offended if they’re left out. Only invite friends’ significant others if the couple in question has been dating for more than a year or are currently living together. Otherwise, it’s okay to say no to plus-ones.

3. Pass on Pricey Details

Glamorous details on items that you’re indifferent to spike costs without adding any fun to your day (do you really need an ice sculpture?). Free yourself of the pressure to upgrade and instead make honest choices based on what you want. As a general rule, before you sign a contract, look through the itemized list of what you’re buying and, ask yourself, “Will anyone notice if we don’t do this?”

4. Consider Printing Costs

Including two shades of ink on your wedding invitation might match your color scheme, but, trust us, it’ll add significantly to printing costs. Details that are fun in theory, but are actually unnecessary and super expensive in reality (for example, square invites require extra postage), may need to get the boot.

5. Rent a Smaller Ride

Town Cars will shuttle your wedding party to the reception just as effectively as a stretch limousine.

6. Skip the Special Effects

If you’re happy with simple wedding pictures, pass on options like sepia tones, multiple exposures and split frames.

7. Swap Out Flowers

Flowers are known to be an expensive wedding detail. To reduce floral costs, choose wedding flowers that are in season and pick locally grown flowers rather than blooms that need to be flown in from far away. For example, if you exchange Black Magic roses for more reasonably priced, deeply colored dahlias in all your bouquets and table arrangements, you can actually save a few dollars a stem.

8. Simplify Your Menu

Reduce the number of overall dinner courses (making three fabulous courses costs less than serving five individual courses) and keep your menu simple. Just like with florals, stick with the local, seasonally ingredients—and don’t overdo it.

9. Save the Good Stuff for Later

Have the caterers bring out the fancy Dom Perignon for the first toast, but then switch to a less expensive sparkling wine for the rest of the night. No one will ever see the bottle or know the difference—bubbles are bubbles!

10. Pare Down the Cake Extras

Order a small, beautiful cake that’s exactly what you want, but have several sheet cakes of the same flavor at the ready to cut for your guests. Stay away from tiers, handmade sugar flowers or special molded shapes. To customize and add variety. Try having your caterer drizzle each plate with a flavored sauce (triple berry, dark chocolate or salted caramel, anyone?). Finally, choose buttercream over fondant: it’s so much tastier and much less expensive.

Article Credit: The Knot

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