When the occasion calls for it, the art of wearing a tuxedo should be exciting and fun, but done right! So in doing it right, having the knowledge of the different styles and the way a tuxedo should be worn is key, such as the three different lapel designs.
Shawl Lapel: In the art of wearing tuxedo’s, a note to take is that shawl or peak lapel styles are most sharp and flattering on any man for the special occasions. The shawl lapel is completely rounded without any points, running from the collar and down smoothly to the button of the jacket to make a classy V-shape. The shawl lapel is most formal and well-suited for events such as weddings and black tie events, best for the classic look that can make you look like the next 007.
Peak Lapel: Named ‘peak’ lapel because of the way the collar has its angle pointing towards the shoulder of the jacket. There are different types of peak lapel jackets with different collar widths, lengths and angles, best to be chosen to suit the shape of your body. The peak lapel is a very trendy and traditional tuxedo for all sorts of occasions such as weddings, black tie events or proms. Most recommended for the gentlemen with the slimmer physique and at the average or shorter height of man so it properly defines the upper body.
Notch Lapel: Depending on the way the jacket is tailored; the notch lapel can be seen as the least formal of tuxedo jacket options. As the most modern of choices and a wardrobe staple with the collar close to the shoulders of the jacket which is much like the shawl lapel, the jacket can be used more casually around the office, for interviews or the classy bar night out.
Along with your well-tailored tuxedo jacket and pants, a prestige white dress shirt with French or Convertible cuffs that can have cufflinks inserted in; is essential such as Vardama’s most favored Columbus versatile dress shirt. Take note to show a little cuff outside of your tuxedo jacket.
Having shoes that define the entire tuxedo such as a pair of black patent leather or a nice pair of oxfords will have you ready for the night.
The two main accessories to complete the sharp tuxedo look every gentleman should only pay attention to is the bow-tie and the plain white pocket square for that final touch that will melt hearts and provide you with the utmost respect.