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Groom: Choosing The Right Tux

Finding the right style Tuxedo For your shape..

The Right style Tuxedo For Your Shape

You may know which type of tuxedo or suit fits your wedding's formality, but you may still be in the dark about which style of suit will most flatter your body type. Here are tips and advice on choosing the suit that best becomes you.


Go for a smooth, clean look without a lot of frills. A shawl collar will create an elegant line and will make you seem less bulky. Avoid double-breasted jackets and pleated shirts, which add volume. If you have a large waist, consider wearing a vest instead of a cummerbund, since cummerbunds draw attention to the waist, while vests conceal girth. Keep in mind that black has a slimming effect, which makes the classic tux perfect for you. You'll probably find that white suits, light-colored suits (such as tan or seersucker), morning suits, and tails may not be the most flattering looks for you. And if you're extremely muscular, be aware of sizing, especially around your neck. You don't want to feel like your bow tie is strangling you.


Avoid styles that look too large on your frame. Steer clear of double-breasted jackets. Instead, go for a two- or three-button jacket with a low-button stance (it elongates the body), paired with classic tuxedo pants or pleated trousers. If you want to look a bit broader, ask your tailor for extra shoulder padding. When sizing your tux or suit, make sure everything truly fits so you don't end up swimming in yards of extra material.


Stick with a single-breasted jacket. Go for a classic two- or one-button jacket with a low-button stance and a shawl collar, which will keep your look streamlined and slim. Also, choose jackets with a natural shoulder line, and avoid the more broad European styles. If you have a heavy waist, choose a vest rather than a cummerbund to draw attention away from your waistline and up toward your face. And once again, remember that black has a slimming effect, which makes the classic tux perfect for you, too.

When it comes to sizing, make sure your jacket and trousers fit well. When you button your jacket, the material near the buttons shouldn't pull. Your trousers should fit comfortably around your waist; too loose is better than too small. You can always wear a belt, but nothing looks quite as bad as too-tight pants.


Congratulations. You can wear just about anything and look impeccable. You'll stand equally faultless in contemporary styles -- like single-breasted four- or five-button jackets -- as you will in a more classic, double-breasted tuxedo with slightly broad shoulders, a suppressed waist, and buttons closed up high on the waistline. The choice is yours. If you're extremely thin and want to look bulkier, opt for the latter; it will pad your chest slightly and fill out your torso. One caveat: Make sure your trouser legs and jacket arms are long enough. You're going for James Bond here -- not Pee-wee Herman.

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