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Your First Time Wearing a Tuxedo

Formal suits for weddings can be a bit difficult to understand, particularly when it’s your first time wearing one. There are a number of special rules and implications to what you’re wearing, and in addition to finding the right look, you’re tasked with remembering a list of formalities.

Wearing a tuxedo can seem overwhelming at first, especially if a suit and tie isn’t in your daily wardrobe. Here are a few tips to ensure that you look like a formalwear veteran, even if it’s your first time.

Tie Your Own Tie
The bow tie often accompanies the tuxedo, in some cases however, a long tie may be worn or requested. In either case, tie it yourself. If you’re unfamiliar with how to do so, have someone show you or watch one of the hundreds of instructional videos on Youtube.

A pre-tied tie, or one that was tied from a forward facing position is easy to spot for formalwear veterans. Tying your neck accessory yourself allows you to achieve your own identity and serves as an important lesson for future wears. Don’t be afraid to leave your bow tie slightly askew or uneven, many consider it fashionable.

Break-In Your Shoes
Spend a day or so walking around in your formal shoes. Most formal events involve a great deal of standing or dancing and require you to wear your shoes for a long time. Slightly broken in shoes are likely to be more comfortable and help you avoid that fresh-out-of-the-box look. With a day or so of wear behind you, you’ll have a good idea of how long you can stand for (you may need insoles) and your feet will thank you.

Try It On Early
There are a few tricks to wearing tuxedos, ones that most people figure out by the second time they wear one. If you’re wearing a waist covering or vest, it likely has an adjustment strap in the back, allowing you to tighten or loosen it. Your pants may feature clasps above the pockets to be tightened or may require a brace. You may need to purchase cufflinks or studs, or simply get comfortable with wearing them.

Trying on your tuxedo before your event allows you to work out the kinks before you have to rush out to your event. You’ll be more comfortable in your clothes and more comfortable socializing at your event.


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