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Groom Tuxedo Do’s & Don’ts

The men can be lost and the women aren’t familiar. It’s important to brush up on all the details behind the groom’s gear before the main event – and before you decide on the final ensemble. Thankfully, we’re here to make it easy for you!

Just because he slips on the tux, doesn’t mean it’s photo-ready. There are ins and outs of the wearing that need to be perfected and fitted before he’s ready at the end of the aisle. Check out our quick list of do’s and don’ts and familiarize yourself with the etiquette behind the groom’s tuxedo-wearing.

Tuxedo Do’s

  • Do find the right cut for your body type. Here are some suggestions:
    • Tall and slim: Anything will work here as long as it’s fitted nicely.
    • Short and slim: Single-breasted jackets.
    • Short & stocky: No cummerbunds.
    • Tall & muscular/big & tall: Single or double-breasted jackets.
  • Do think about going blue. Best with fairer skin, eyes, and hair, midnight colors work just like a classic black.
  • Do wear a cummerbund or vest – if you’re having a black tie event.
  • Do wear cufflinks. Add a flair of your own personality with some funky ones or keep it simple and clean with a nice set of silver and black. (Just don’t forget them.)
  • Do get it tailored to fit. Assuming you buy, it’s an absolute must that you find a tailor to make sure every hem is made correctly.
  • Do go with a white shirt. Picking out color here isn’t rocket science, always go with white.

Tuxedo Don’ts

  • Don’t overshadow the bride. Make sure you’re happy with the choice but listen to the bride. She knows what she’s wearing and she also knows the level of formality that the day is shooting for.
  • Don’t go glossy with your shoes. Matte styles are much more chic and rich looking once the entire ensemble is slipped on.
  • Don’t go crazy on the colors. Classic will always be the best, timeless option. Black, white, navy, and charcoal are all in that wheelhouse.
  • Don’t over accessorize. We’re all about funky socks and cufflinks that add a uniqueness to the day, but too much is too much.
  • Don’t wear a belt. Never wear a belt with a tuxedo.
  • Don’t wear pleats. Quite simply, they don’t look good.
  • Don’t be scared of the bow tie. For the ultimate formal look, bow ties are the way to go.