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Tie Shop


Picking the best tie out made easy


Move over Richard Branson, it seems like the tie is making a comeback in a big way. More and more people every year are bucking the once-popular trend of not wearing a tie at all. Instead, ties are seen more often with suits, with semi-casual get-ups, and more. Heck, some people even use their tie as the centerpiece of their outfit, making everything else match it. It has never been a more popular accessory, and as I already said, is sometimes now the dominant piece in a person’s outfit!


Choosing a tie that’s right for you can be a challenging task in itself. There are hundreds, even thousands of options to sift through out there now! But picking out a good tie shop makes the job that much easier. And lucky for you, Mr. Formal’s online shop is now up and running.


You looking for a snazzy black tie? Mr Formal’s tie shop has several different options for black ties, in either bow tie or necktie form. You can easily look through all of the options in a quick two minutes! Our tie shop also regularly stocks up on our more popular choices, such as skinny black ties.


Mr Formal’s online tie shop makes our huge in-store selection available to all of North America!


If you look here, you can look through our wide selection of solid-pattern colored neckties. You can find something in this page alone to match just about any shirt or jacket you might put on!


Or if you’re looking for something really nice, you can find a few different designer choices in our tie shop as well! There are a few different options to buy these on their own, However, there are also options that allow you to buy a set, like a designer tie and cummerbund set.


Maybe you are looking for something other than ties though. Thankfully, Mr. Formal is a lot more than just a tie shop. We have specialized in men’s formal wear for many years now! You can find a wide range of tuxedos, suits, vests, and many different formal accessories to accompany your outfit!


And, as I’ve said before, we’re a lot more than just an online tie shop. We have two different brick-and-mortar locations. If you’re in Phoenix, you can come on in during our business hours and look through all of our merchandise. Our two physical locations in the Phoenix area, along with their hours, are as follows:


Our Central Phoenix location is at 333 East Camelback Road, Phoenix Arizona, 85012. Our Glendale location is further north at 3434 West Peoria Avenue, Phoenix Arizona, 85029. The hours for both stores are the same: Monday – Friday 11AM to 7PM, Saturday 10AM to 5PM, and Sunday 12PM – 5PM.


However, if you don’t live in the Phoenix area, you can go through our tie shop just by going to our online shopping page. Be sure to join our mailing list! We send out occasional discounts and messages to our mailing list subscribers, and you can be sure to take advantage of those. Have fun looking through our online tie shop, and we would love to see your completed outfit on our Facebook page!


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Prom Tuxedos; three ways to impress with your tux!

Prom tuxedos

Maybe you’ve riding the elation wave that comes after your ideal lady says yes. Maybe you’re going stag with a group of your pals and have a great night planned. Either way, congratulations; you’re going to your high school prom!

Now comes the part that every guy has to do, whether they have a date or not. You need to look at some prom tuxedos! Don’t be worried, this step doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, go to the right place and it can actually be pretty fun!

1. Match her colors…a must for the man with a date!

The traditional thing to do is to wait until your lady picks out her dress. Then you simply pick out a prom tux with a vest and tie with a color to match it. If she’s wearing a black dress, that’s even easier and leaves you with more options.

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He matches his lady. So should you!

Of course, sometimes girls procrastinate when picking out their prom dress. But Wait too long, and the color you need in your size could be all sold out! (And don’t even get me started on the lame trend of girls not letting their guys see their dress until prom day. It’s a prom, not a wedding!)

2. Prom tuxedos are even easier for single guys!

However, if you’re one of those guys whose going stag with his buddies, then congrats…this is WAY easier for you! No lady means nothing that you’re required to match, so you can pick just about anything you want. Some guys go with vest and tie colors to match their school banner, or their prom’s theme. Some dudes just wear whatever they want!

And going stag gives you an opportunity to dress as flashy as possible, if that’s your thing. I’ve had guys going solo pick out our bright red coat, our tail coat, even our sparkle coat and pant! (That last was discontinued some time ago…sorry guys!)

The red coat, by Jean Yves…a Mr. Formal exclusive in Arizona!

3. Don’t lie about your body shape; you’ll only cheat yourself.

You’re also going to want to be honest with your tuxedo expert on how you want to look. If you’re an athletic guy or have a decently slim or average shape, fitted prom tuxedos are generally the way to go.

However, if you’re a bit on the bigger side, then don’t cheat yourself by trying to squeeze into a fitted tux. A standard fit will end up looking much better on you. I’ve had several guys say they wanted a ‘size smaller’ than what I measured them for, only to be uncomfortable the day of the event.

I understand that for most guys, this is their first time picking out prom tuxedos…or any tux, for that matter. But if you go alone, your experts at Mr. Formal will make sure you hit the prom looking your best!

Men’s Tuxedos; a beginner’s guide

Men’s tuxedos. For over 120 years, they have been the pinnacle of high-class menswear. They traditionally came in mostly black, but are now available in a very wide range of colors.

For something that appears quite often in movies, TV and magazines, not much is really known about men’s tuxedos to the average person. If you ask your average dude about tuxedos, their answer will most likely be something like this: “it’s that uncomfortable outfit you wear to your prom or wedding.”

People may not know them well, but Men’s tuxedos have become essential!

Well, men’s tuxedos might not be something that you really bother to know a whole lot about. But what I do know is that every man worth his salt wears one during important rites of passage in his life. These include baptisms, proms, weddings, honorary formal dinners, and more.


And rightfully so; nothing makes a man look better or more distinguished than an honest tuxedo. And nowadays, there’s many different varieties of men’s tuxedos. There’s peak lapels, which look amazing with a bow tie. There’s notch lapels, which are a bit more on the casual side. And the rounded shawl lapel is great for dressing up without too many ‘points.’

Fit is just as important as style!

The fit should definitely be one of the main things to consider when deciding on your men’s tuxedo. Right now, fitted tuxedos are all the rage; they taper in the waist, feature smaller shoulders, and lend a slimming appearance to the wearer. However, if you’re a larger fellow, perhaps consider a standard fit, which compliments a larger build without hiding it behind baggy clothes.

But for the last several years tuxedos have been seeing a steady decline in the number of people who wear them, even to weddings. This is partially due to the trend of ‘dressing down,’ making suits acceptable for taking your vows in. I’m on board with that, but there’s a disturbing trend of brides dressing their men up in jeans and button-up shirts, sometimes with suspenders.


Now, to each their own, but I would think the most important day of a man’s life deserves the best outfit. It’s a wedding, not casual Friday. Picture James Bond wooing the newest Bond girl in that lame outfit; cool superspy? Maybe, if his job was working in a cubicle.

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Seriously; Bond in anything other than a tux would NOT BE BOND!

But, I digress. Despite the dress-down trend, men’s tuxedos continue to be the top-notch way for a man to dress up. When my brother in law was getting married, I caught wind that he was going to wear shorts and a button-up shirt.


I insisted on wearing a suit to the wedding, and he was afraid of me out-dressing him, so he wore a suit too. And you know what? His mother, his new wife, and later he himself thanked me for driving him to dress in something more presentable.

Later, when you’re looking at your wedding pictures, you’ll be glad you picked the best: one of the tried and true men’s tuxedos.

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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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Wedding Suits; the hottest ones this year!

Wedding Suits; the Hottest Ones this Year!


Weddings. Everyone had their ideal wedding, but some things pop up more than others. A big cake, a white dress (more on this later,) hand-written invitations, and pretty flowers are just a few.

Another thing that comes up often (not as often as dresses though,) is tuxedos. But seeing increasing surges of popularity every year lately, is wedding suits.


No, you didn’t read that wrong; wedding suits.

Wedding suits are exactly what they sound like: suits that someone wears to a wedding. And no, I’m not talking about the clothes the guests wear. I’m talking about the actual groom’s wedding duds.


No one knows exactly why, but more and more brides are seeing fit to put their grooms in suits for their wedding. Designers and manufacturers are quickly taking notice. And so as a result, there are more options than ever for good wedding suits nowadays.


Looking for the most popular wedding suits? Look no further.

But as you flick through Pinterest for ideas for your own wedding, you’ll surely come across some suits quite often. These are the champions that stand out among the others as the most popular wedding suits. I’ll be going over them generally, by color and by fit. More descriptive lists can be found in future articles.


The fit

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Notice the narrowed shoulders, fitted pants and slight taper in the waist area; all qualities of a fitted wedding suit.

Generally, the most popular wedding suits all seem to follow one trend in particular: they’re all fitted suits. Fitted suits have swept the world and replaced standard cut outfits as the go-to for that modern look.

And for good reason: a fitted outfit is a great way to really bring out the good qualities in a person’s physique.


The colors

Now here, I’m not talking about vest, tie or shirt colors. I’m talking about the actual colors of the wedding suits themselves.

A typical blue wedding suit; somewhere between navy and cobalt blue.

Suits can be seen in just about any color you can imagine. This is especially true since people sometimes use suit colors to stand out. These people will go for something that jumps, even if it doesn’t necessarily look good, like bright orange (Kraft Punk, anyone?) or also pink.

But by and large, for people serious about their wedding the most popular colors remain the same. Tones like dark grey, light grey, navy blue, cobalt, and even tan are quite common. Black suits aren’t as desirable as they used to be; these are more favorable for funerals or business meetings.

But as the Canadians say: ‘Fill your boots!’

These are some of the more popular wedding suits. But it’s your wedding; go with whatever feels best!

What kind of suits would you like to see at your own wedding? Let us know in the comments below!
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