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Try these modern day updates on the classic tux
No matter how you feel about fashion, one thing’s for sure: the tuxedo is undoubtedly a timeless piece of menswear. Traced back to 1865, the dinner jacket came into the mainstream after it was adapted from the traditional morning jacket to a slightly shorter and more comfortable version, worn by the then Prince of Wales.
Since then, the tuxedo has had many lives, from the classic black to more modern boldly coloured versions. So how to make your tux stand out today? Read on for three easy ways to wear a tuxedo, all of which promise to look good on every man.
If you’re wearing a black dinner jacket, keep things interesting by breaking up your outfit with patterned or coloured accessories. Don’t feel the need to make them match – your bow tie and pocket square will look great in opposing colours (just don’t clash patterns). Afraid of being too bold? Choose a bright pair of socks for a subtle – but noticeable – point of difference.
If you own a classic black dinner jacket but are looking to invest in something new, mix it up by choosing a different colour. The festive period is also a brilliant time to experiment with different materials, particularly the instantly-luxurious velvet, which will add warmth (and style).
The beauty with buying a tuxedo rather than renting one is that it will fit you properly: your trousers will be hitting the middle part of your shoe laces, your waistline will be fitted – but not too tight – and your sleeves won't come past your wrist. And, if buying off the shelf doesn’t promise the perfect fit, visit our in-store personal styling service to make sure you get it bang on.
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