SUIT VS. TUX ARTICLE ALEX RAMEY
GETTING DRESSED IS EASY. We’ve pretty much got it figured
rather than rent. (Consider owning your wedding ensemble
out, right? And in any scenario where puzzlement is a possibility,
regardless.) Fit is king. Fit is everything. But you knew that. No
there’s usually a dress code to reference. Unless, of course, you’re
suitor worth his salt would let you walk out of their studio with-
the one writing it. There are only a few times in our lives when
out hearing it at least a few dozen times. As with everything
we get to dictate exactly what ourselves and our closest friends
else on the big day, fit stakes are especially high if you’re the
and family can wear - or maybe just one. Is it really just the one?
man at the altar. It’s not that the same doesn’t go for tuxedos.
Unless you throw a lot of themed parties, it’s your wedding day.
But if you’re opting for the step down in formality that the suit
Now, naturally, you won’t be the only one calling the shots on how the aesthetic will all pan out, (there’s probably one other
delivers (which is, sometimes, the best way to go) those pants better fit the way they did in your partner’s dreams, my friend.
person involved) but that’s no reason to wait in the wings and
Suits offer stylistic freedom in a few ways, which makes
see what attire will be assigned to you. Which brings us to the
them friendly to a broader range of dress codes, themes,
modern groom’s question: tuxedo or suit?
and innovative venues. There aren’t so many hard and fast rules for accessorization. If your theme calls for masculine
burnished brown dress boots, or that sentimental printed
A tuxedo differentiates itself from a suit with the inclusion of satin.
necktie, or pops of modern color, suit it. Be it cocktail, dressy
And if that sounds like the kindergarten definition, that’s because it
casual, or beach formal, any dress code lower in formaily than
is. In short, the lapels will be satin, and there will be satin detail in
black tie will accommodate a suit. If the wedding is outdoor,
the form of a side stripe down the outside of each pant leg, the trim
relaxed, or non-traditional? Suit it.
of the pocket, and the buttons. The traditional accessorization is different too, of course - you would never wear a cummerbund with a suit, and neckties don’t enter the tuxedo realm.
STYLING While men’s formalwear can sometimes feel limiting, per-
Younger gents among us might shy away from a tux, but the style
sonalized styling is now thoroughly embraced. And if anyone
is truly timeless. How many times will you get to wear the tuxedo
turns up their nose at your individual style on the best day
of your choice in life? Generally, if an event is at the tuxedo level of
of your life, they’re off the guest list. (Just kidding. Maybe.)
formality, you’re going to need to follow someone else’s guide to
Remember: no fear. If an unconventional boutonniere is the
appropriateness when it comes down to the details, i.e. lapel type,
perfect addition to marry your soulmate’s getup with your
footwear, or shirt style. So if you’re worried that you’ll never get to
own, you gotta go for it. If you’re not sold yet, start thinking
wear the green-and-blue tartan tuxedo of your dreams, now’s the
low-stakes when it comes to the photography, like corre-
time to call it festive black tie and do your thing. Likewise, if you don’t
sponding color-pop socks with you and your groomsmen in
attend a ton of functions that call for decking yourself to the George
the wedding colors. A swervy print could go to only you.
Clooney nines, now’s your black tie moment. Pull the trigger on the navy velvet jacket. It’s your time to live out your peak lapel dreams.
Weddings are the last place to break dress code rules unless it’s your own. And if you’re a classic guy looking for zero bells and whistles, follow your heart. Make the decision
SUITS You know what a suit is. At the very least, you know one when you see it. It’s a versatile investment if you choose to own
that makes you and your other half happy. It’s the first day of the rest of your life. Start early. Talk it out with you-know-who. Oh, and congratulations. March 2018 | Eden Prairie Lifestyle
March 2018 Issue of Eden Prairie Lifestyle