The SimplyBridal office is a girl-centric place, but sometimes it helps to have another opinion. For today’s post, we asked someone with a Y chromosome to contribute his opinion on the tuxedo vs suit debate. Here’s what he has to say!
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Even the untrained eye can differentiate a tuxedo from a suit. The average person, however, can’t tell you exactly what makes a tux different from a suit. As you prepare for your wedding, you have to become more informed than the average person. There’s no better place to start than the differences between a tux and a suit.
Traits of Suits and Tuxes
Even the most fabulous suits usually have a conservative style (that’s assuming, of course, that you don’t plan to wear a leisure suit to your wedding). Tuxedos jazz things up a bit with some added accouterments. A tuxedo, for instance, usually has a satin stripe running down the pants leg. Another stripe typically appears on the lapel. Suits are usually made of one consistent material, at least on the exterior.
Tuxes can also have pointed lapels that make them look fancier than suits, which have notch lapels. Tuxedos are almost always black. Sometimes they are made of a dark material that looks nearly black. On rare occasions, you might actually find someone wearing a white tux. That’s the height of fancy menswear.
The Tradition of Suits and Tuxedos
More things separate suits and tuxedos than just their physical traits. There is plenty of tradition that makes them look different. When dressing up in a tuxedo, a man will often wear a cummerbund, pleated shirt, bowtie, and highly polished patent leather shoes. Suits offer much more flexibility, but far less eye-catching glitz.
Tuxedos are made for semi-formal and formal evening affairs. Wearing a tuxedo to weddings, operas, and formal parties will look perfectly appropriate. Try wearing one during the day, though, and you’ll get a lot of weird looks. Imagine showing up at work in a tuxedo instead of a suit. That’s one of the easiest ways to see the differences between the two types of clothing.
Modern Tuxedos and Suits
Modern tuxedos and suits often break away from tradition, which can make it a little harder to categorize them. Today, men don’t have to wear cummerbunds or frilly shirts with their tuxedos. They don’t even have to wear bowties, which would have been unheard of even 40 years ago. Instead, they can choose other kinds of neckline adornments. Whether renting or buying a tux, men have a lot of options these days. The same goes for suits.
Today’s men have many more options when getting dressed for the big day. In the past, few people had the opportunity to stand out unless they were royal, rich, or in the military. Now, just about anyone can spice things up with a personalized approach to tuxes and suits. No matter how you alter them, though, tuxedos are always more formal than suits.
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