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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

TUXEDOS

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

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Eden Prairie, MN March 2018  

March 2018 Issue of Eden Prairie Lifestyle

Eden Prairie, MN March 2018  

March 2018 Issue of Eden Prairie Lifestyle