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Tuxedo Fits & Styles

Learn about tuxedo fits and styles from Louis Purple menswear boutiques founder Charles Brunold in this Howcast video.


Hello, I'm Charles. We are at Louis Purple, and I'm here to tell you about tuxedos. So here I'm wearing a pretty formal, sophisticated version of tuxedo. There's a lot of ways you can rock a tuxedo. So first let's talk about the lapel. There are two ways a tuxedo lapel should be.

You either want to go with a peak lapel or a shawl lapel. Then you have the satin that contrasts nicely and drapes over the lapel. Today I'm wearing a three-piece tuxedo with a peak lapel and single button. I completed the outfit with a waistcoat, a double-breasted waistcoat, which makes the feel of the outfit much more formal. The only two acceptable shoes you should wear with a tuxedo are black polished shoes or. When wearing a two-piece tuxedo, a nice way to complete the outfit around the waist is to wear a cummerbund. However, I notice that more and more people tend not to want to wear a cummerbund, so a nice way to avoid wearing a cummerbund is to have a satin stripe that goes around the waist line on the trousers. You traditionally do not have belt loops on a tuxedo, and you prefer the adjustable side tabs.

That gives a cleaner look to the front of the tuxedo. Over the past few years, we've seen more and more people wanting to wear tuxedos, like Ryan Gosling for example, and have a midnight blue tuxedo fabric with a black satin contrast lapel instead of having the monochrome black tuxedo with black lapels. My advice when rocking a tuxedo is to wear a bow tie, even though a lot of people are breaking this rule and wearing slim ties with a three-piece that completes very well the look of the tuxedo as well. Instead of spending money on tuxedo rentals a couple of times a year, just invest and get your own that will fit you perfectly. A tuxedo is definitely an investment, but it's worth it.

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