Formal Wear Style Advice

When To Wear A Tuxedo

james bond smoking wearing a tuxedo

Men have the habit of buying a tuxedo, normally for a special event and never wearing it again. A great tux can be a thing of beauty and now it sits gathering dust in the closet.

Before investing in a tuxedo, weigh up your options as to how often it will get worn. It is not something to go cheap with, it needs attention given to its fit and the quality of materials used which will result in a slightly higher price point. If you want to save some cash, men can look at buying the jacket only and using an alternative formal trouser. The tuxedo has the power to send a man into the sartorial stratosphere, so choose wisely.

If you need some pointers on when to wear a tuxedo, read our list below.


Cocktail Party/Black Tie

As you move up the career ladder, there will inevitably opportunities to slip back into your tux. Whether it be an awards dinner, or formal drinks event, make sure your tuxedo stands out from the room full of potential clones. Focus on a dramatic silk peaked lapel like Suitsupply.


Your Wedding

As a man who recently got engaged, I have let my other half know I will be wearing a tuxedo at our wedding. I’m not a fan of dressing in a tux for the ceremony but for the evenings drink reception I am going to be proudly showing off my tuxedo next to my beautiful wife.


Formal Dinner

Why do you need an excuse to take your other half out for dinner? Take an opportunity to wine and dine her with a meal at a top notch restaurant. One where the waiters would normally make you feel underdressed. Why not spoil her with a new dress and break out the tuxedo and bowtie for yourself. Gentlemen, trust me! You will look and feel like movie stars.



The entry level chance to accustom yourself with a tuxedo is as a young man at your prom. While your friends head to Topman to grab an ill-fitting (probably skinny fit) suit off the rack, turn to a tuxedo. If funds are an issue then you can look at hiring at this time in your life, just promise me you will buy one later. No one wants to look like characters from Dumb & Dumber either so stick to black or midnight blue with no large lapels as these suit a broader gentleman.


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Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.

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    I also agree that your wedding is a must for wearing a tuxedo. I recently went to my friends wedding and he was in a tux and it just looked fabulous. I think for the one time in your life you should go all out.

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