How to style a Tuxedo for different events (5 Easy Ways)

How to style a Tuxedo for different events

Looking to make a lasting impression at your next event? Here this out once, A wedding was taking place at my house, and I was in excitement as I planned to dress up in a dashing tuxedo. But wearing the same tuxedo style every time can become monotonous and fail to leave a lasting impression.

That’s when I decided to explore different tuxedo styles that would make me stand out at the event. Whether it’s a wedding or a formal gala, I’ve got you covered!

In this article, I will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to style a tuxedo for different events, ensuring you look your best and make a lasting impression.

Here are 5 Tuxedo styles for different events

Get ready for a new look at these events with these 5 impressive tuxedo styles, let’s dive in

1. Tuxedo Styling for Weddings

First, let’s take a look at the impressive tuxedo style I wore, which got many compliments.

It was a midnight blue tuxedo, coordinating with the wedding theme but making me stand out. A silk white shirt and red pocket square to get eyes on me 😉 and followed by black shiny leather shoes and white socks.

Yes, I know you might be thinking about the bow, but I was not wearing it intentionally which was again making me stand out from the crowd.

You can choose a black tuxedo or even explore other dark-colored options with a subtle shine under the right lighting conditions. Just ensure that the chosen color matches the wedding theme or color scheme.

Add a tie or bow and a pocket square or a charming boutonniere if you are suitable (I usually go with a red pocket square). Complete the look with black leather shoes and dress socks for a polished appearance.

2. Mastering Black Tie Events

When it comes to styling a tuxedo for black-tie events, go with the basics first. Follow these steps for the sophisticated look:

  • Select a classic black tuxedo with a single-breasted jacket
  • Choose a style with peak lapels or a shawl collar and ensure it fits you
  • Pick a white tuxedo shirt and black silk bow tie, and tie it properly
  • You can  add a waistcoat (vest) in black but it’s optional
  • Wear black tuxedo trousers with a matching satin stripe, and ensure it’s comfortable
  • Now get a pair of polished black leather shoes (should be polished)
  • Add some accessories and you’re ready to go, King!

By following these guidelines, you’ll be ready to make a lasting impression on any formal occasion.

3. Nailing Formal Galas

When attending high-profile galas, you can explore different tuxedo options to make a statement:

  • Try out some different tuxedo colors like charcoal gray, deep burgundy, and many other
  • Choose a tuxedo with a slim-notch lapel for a modern twist.
  • Pair it with a light-colored tuxedo shirt and add a magic with contrasting bow tie
  • Complete the look with polished black or dark brown leather shoes

Stand out from the crowd with different tuxedo colors by pairing it with a light-colored tuxedo shirt that exudes confidence and sophistication

4. Styling for Cocktail Parties

When styling a tuxedo for cocktail parties, aim for a sophisticated and fashionable look with these guidelines:

  • Experiment with a tuxedo with alternative colors for your cocktail party that looks like textured fabrics such as velvet or jacquard for added visual interest for a unique twist
  • Choose a well-fitted dress shirt in a complementary color to the tuxedo, such as white, light blue, or a subtle pattern
  • Skip tie or bow as it’s a cocktail party look but don’t miss out on the pocket square with coordinating color
  • Pair the tuxedo jacket with tailored trousers in matching and polished dress shoes or loafers
  • Ensure a well-groomed hairstyle and clean-shaven or well-maintained facial hair
  • Add some accessories to spice up and a stylish belt, and that’s it!

By following these styling tips, you’ll achieve a sophisticated and fashionable tuxedo look that is well-suited for cocktail parties, ensuring you stand out with confidence.

5. Classic Semi-Formal Events

When styling a tuxedo for semi-formal events, follow these guidelines to achieve a refined look:

  • For Semi Formal Events go with navy or dark gray
  • Choose a tailored fit that flatters your body shape
  • Now let’s get a shirt with complementary colors, such as white or light blue
  • Experiment with different collar styles, like a spread or semi-spread collar
  • Instead of a bow tie, consider wearing a necktie and add a pocket square that complements your necktie
  • Wear tailored tuxedo trousers in a matching color to the jacket
  • For Semi-formal events, I do recommend oxfords or loafers and matching socks

By following these style tips, you’ll create a polished and fashionable tuxedo ensemble for semi-formal events that strikes the perfect balance between elegance and modernity.

Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What events can you wear a tuxedo to?

Tuxedos are the go-to attire for a variety of events. This can be dressed for events like Weddings, and black tie affairs, including galas, Cocktail Parties, and Formal and Semi-Formal Events. 

Tuxedos are also suitable for awards ceremonies, opera or theater performances, and exclusive social gatherings. This outfit can be suitable for all formal and professional events and it looks like a high-level styling too.

How do you make a tuxedo look good?

To make a tuxedo look good, focus on the basics of dressing. First, ensure that it fits you perfectly. Choose high-quality fabrics and pay attention to details such as lapels and buttons. Also look into coordinating attires like polished shoes, shirts, ties, and bows.

A sleek watch can add a touch of professionality. Finally, be confident and walk like a King Man! (this will matter a lot tho)

Can you wear a tuxedo to a day event?

Wearing a tuxedo during the day is not recommended at least by me as they are typically reserved for evening or formal occasions. For daytime events, it is more appropriate to opt for lighter and less formal attire. 

Also, it’s important to consider the dress code for the event and then choose appropriate attire.

Final Words

These are possible styles of Tuxedos I came across while searching for me which will surely make a lasting impression on the events.

  • Tuxedo Styling for Weddings
  • Mastering Black Tie Events
  • Nailing Formal Galas
  • Styling for Cocktail Parties
  • Classic Semi-Formal Events

Now I’d like to hear from you!

Which style from this article you loved and gonna try? Do you still want to know more styles of Tuxedo for other events too? 

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