The Tuxedo - The Distinguishing Features


The Tuxedo - The Distinguishing Features


The Tuxedo - The Distinguishing Features

“Like every good man, I strive for perfection, and, like every ordinary man, I have found that perfection is out of reach — but not the perfect suit.” — Edward Tivnan

Perfection is unquestionably within sight for men once it involves formal and special occasions, ceremonies, and high-end social functions. Tuxedos are acclaimed as the unquestionable look to make the desired statement at important functions—the all-time classic look. Whether or not you recognize it as evening wear, black tie, or quite literally, a tuxedo, the term refers, traditionally to a black jacket with satin lapels, bow tie, stud sets, cufflinks, white tuxedo shirt, and fitting tuxedo trousers.

The evolution of fashion has created room for a personal touch to attain the same classic look but with modern tweaks to the colors and fabrics to achieve your look. Whether you go traditional or classic, the fundamentals that set a tuxedo apart from a suit and any other formal wear remain the same. Let’s look at some distinguishing features of the tuxedo.

Fabric and colors

Tuxedos don’t come in just black and white anymore. Connaisseur Paris, like each evening dress designer, has tuxedos in an infinite variety of colors from black to carbon, grey to charcoal, crimson red to midnight blue. Your selection of a color or fabric for your dinner jacket ought to be influenced by the theme of the function you are to attend. Beyond that, you must look at the color that blends well together with your skin tone and conjointly a fabric that is breathable.



Single-breasted styles are available in one-, two- or three-button styles. One-button styles are generally acceptable to dinner jackets which makes this the foremost formal and unchanged choice for tuxedos. Two- and three-button models are the norm for business suits. Three-button versions designed to close with the top two buttons are generally discouraged because their cut appears boxy even when the top button is left undone.


The double-breasted jacket style might not be the perfect choice for an all-purpose tuxedo as they are less formal and have an inclination to make the body appear wider and shorter. Double-Breasted Suits are a very stylish, vintage and classic type of men’s tailoring. Double-Breasted suits lost popularity in what seems like the 80’s and 90’s but slowly clawed back over the past 5-10 years. The significant distinction compared to Single-breasted is the excess fabric/flap that overlaps towards the right side rather than of meeting in the middle.


Just as the choice to wear a tuxedo reflects an escalated sense of event formality, so does the choice of the collar. A wingtip collar has been idolized for decades: It features a small standing collar with the points (tips, like the title) ironed down so they stick out horizontally as wings.

Spread collars are a bit less rigid. They come in many points and angles (the classic or forward point collar is popular for tuxedo styling because it nicely hides the band of a bow tie), whereas the more casual cutaway collar is more appropriate with suit styling, with the spread referencing the distance between collar points.


Lapels come in a range of styles depending on the level of formality, that is either the peak or shawl lapel; and whether there is the need to create a seeming broad shoulder per the body structure. Lapel fabrics are usually satin or silk.


A notch lapel does not have a point like a peak lapel. Instead, it has a notch at the top where the jacket collar meets the lapel. It is considered by most professional stylists in the menswear industry to be a traditional choice. It is still very classic and popular to this day. It can be considered to be a safe choice though you might not stand out.

Shawl Collar

This is a round shape lapel without a notch or peak. It combines the collar and lapel in a curved shape. The shawl lapel is only found on tuxedos unlike the notch or peak lapels can be found on both suits and tuxedos. There is generally no rule to its width but a skinnier lapel is likely to look more trendy, and a wider lapel more classy.


A peak lapel has a pointed or rounded tip at the top of the lapel. It is considered by most professional stylist in the menswear industry to be a fashion-forward choice. It gives the appearance of broader shoulders and a leaner waistline. It looks splendid on both a single-breasted and double-breasted tuxedo.


When it comes to ties, there’s truly only two of a kind: bow tie or necktie. Bow ties, from inception, have been favored with tuxedos over neckties for being particularly diplomatic and buttoned up.

Bow Tie

Take this seriously when it comes to bow ties: self-tie bow ties are the only way to go, meaning you have to learn how to tie one for your important functions. The fabric and color must match your lapel and button colors to create that complete look.


Modernity and create allow neckties for tuxedos too. It works with a similar principle as the bow ties:  The fabric and color must match your lapel and button colors to create that complete look.

By Kadmiel Van Der Puije