The Anatomy Of A Tuxedo

The groom should stand out at his wedding, so what better way to look elegant and sophisticated than wearing a tuxedo! It is incredibly glamorous and you can dress it up or down depending on how formal your reception is.

A proper fit is essential for a traditional tuxedo because it should flatter your figure. While a classic, fuller tuxedo adds volume to your body, modern slim-fit tuxedos look even more elegant, but they need to be perfectly tailored. The choice of accessories is also very important, so make sure that you choose the appropriate tie, shoes, cuffs and a pocket square to finish off the look.


The choice of lapel is crucial. Make sure that the lapel style matches the formality of the wedding. A proper tuxedo will have peaked or a shawl lapel, regardless of whether it is single or double breasted. A notch lapel is not considered as formal, but since the rules are much less strict nowadays, this is actually the most common choice for single-breasted tuxedos and most grooms prefer this style for their jackets.

While slim notch lapels flatter slender figures, a normal notch is more convenient for corpulent men. Shawl lapels feature rounded edges and it looks both traditional and modern at the same time. It is a great choice for almost all body shapes, but you should probably avoid this type of lapel if you have a round body or face.

Tuxedo Pants

Classic tuxedo pants have stripes on top of the side seams to create a seamless look. This is a distinguishing feature of tuxedo pants and the material should match the lapel. If the lapel is made from satin, the pant stripes should be in satin too. This detail makes the pants look even more elegant and it makes the male figure look slimmer while accentuating the quality of tailoring. When choosing a bow tie, make sure that the type of fabric is the same as both the lapel and pant stripe.

Pant length is another significant detail which you should pay attention to. Your pants should sit halfway between the top of your shoe and the bottom of the sole. You shouldn’t wear a belt with your pants so opt for suspenders instead.

Studs & Cuffs

Studs and cuffs are an important element of your tuxedo because they are a great way to personalise your wedding outfit. They are typically gold and onyx, even though you can find many different styles. Studs are used to replace plastic buttons on a tuxedo shirt and will look fabulous if you are wearing a bow tie. If you prefer to wear a tie with a Windsor knot instead, it is better not to have any studs on your shirt because they will not be visible under the tie.

Shirt cuffs are incredibly elegant and they should be visible because you need to have a small amount of shirt shown beneath the jacket sleeve. It is important that you carefully match studs and cuffs because the styling should be coherent.

Pocket Square

A pocket square is an optional detail which can add some extra style to your tuxedo. A classical pocket square is a white handkerchief made from white linen or you can choose any colour you like to match your wedding theme. It should be square-shaped if you want to stick to formal elegance, or fold it casually if you prefer a more modern look. You can also make a one peak fold which is still very formal but looks more interesting than the classical square, or even make a puff fold which is less formal and much more functional.

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