By: Linda K. Pfenning
Often the key to a flattering tux depends entirely on the jacket. Selecting the right style can lengthen the torso, minimize the waist, and even create the appearance of broader shoulders. The single breasted jacket with a shawl lapel is the most commonly worn style because it provides the perfect look for short and tall men with a more stocky appearance. However, the same jacket with a notched lapel creates the appearance of broader shoulders for a short, thin groom.
Double-breasted jackets are a perfect choice for thin men. With its two rows of buttons at the midsection, this jacket draws the eyes to this area and presents the illusion of girth. The shoulders of a double-breasted jacket can also be padded a little to enhance the appearance of broad shoulders, while maintaining the look of a fit and trim waistline.
The Basics in Black & White
Determining the color of your groom’s tuxedo is a decision the two of you should make together. You’ll want to consider the time of day you’re getting married along with the formality of your celebration. For an afternoon wedding, the standard look is a gray tux with a stroller coat, a variation of the traditional morning coat. A popular option for casual affairs closer to evening is a white dinner jacket with black tie and pants – think Humphrey Bogart in the movie Casablanca. Formal evening affairs call for the classic look of the traditional black tuxedo.
If you want to include a little bit of your personal style in your formal attire, go for it. If you or the groom is of Scottish descent, why not honor that heritage by wearing a kilt in your family’s tartan pattern? Decked out in the family plaid, the groom and his groomsmen will bring a bit of ethnic flair to any affair – even the most traditional and formal celebrations.
Once you’ve learned the basics of finding the perfect tux, you need to get busy and finalize the details. Overall, the most important thing to remember in men’s formalwear is fit. Therefore, it’s important that your groom be measured by a formalwear professional. His attendants will also need to be fitted by a professional – even though they may be located all across the country. If they visit any tux shop in their area, a formalwear professional will be happy to measure them. And finally, don’t forget to tie it all together with matching shoes and socks. All of the groomsmen’s socks should be the same color as their shoes. Shoes may be rented in a range of sizes from your formalwear shop, and can vary in style from the traditional classic black wingtip, to a more modern slip-on version with a patent shine.