When Hubby Carter said that he wanted to wear a white dinner jacket tuxedo to the Special Forces Gala, I spent about two hours researching how to wear and accessorize a tuxedo. While I’m certainly not the expert, I am going to break it down into easy to follow steps, and include some great resources for you.
Carter said that he wanted his look to be like Humphrey Bogart. No complaints here.
And if you want a little more eye candy, here are some great favorites in their white tuxedo jackets.
What I learned about the rules, is that there are a lot of conflicting rules, depending on formality of the event, and general style guidelines. Here are the basics:
- Bow Tie – Should be the same or similar sheen as the stripe in the trousers, and/or the lapel of the jacket.
- Braces – You probably know these as suspenders. Braces use a button mechanism instead of a snap mechanism like suspenders. Tuxedo trousers do not come with belt loops, so you will need something to ensure your pants don’t fall down.
- Studs – In addition to your sweetie (smile), they are used instead of traditional buttons on the shirt to bring more formality to the tux.
- Cufflinks – Even for the most formal event when everything else is ultra conservative, cufflinks are where men can show their individuality.
- Cummerbund – Same rules as the bow tie. Can you wear a cummerbund AND braces together? Yes, just ensure your cummerbund is OVER the braces.
- Pocket Square – Same rules as the bow tie.
Wow, and I thought women were high maintenance dressers. I had no idea what all went into accessorizing a tuxedo. There is a lot of hardware involved in making your man look extra handsome. Of course, his favorite accessory is probably a glass of scotch.
Carter is just as handsome as Humphrey Bogart, and he also has that same brooding stare.
Now, here is where it gets WAY too overwhelming for me to explain. Because Carter is retired Army, he has a choice of wearing his Army dress uniform, civilian dress, or civilian dress with ribbon rack. Too many options and rules for me to process. Regular ole civilian dress works just fine for me!
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What about you? Have you been to a formal event recently? What is your take on dressing for the formality?
Love, hugs, and here’s looking at you, kid.
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