Style Guide

how to style a tuxedo

If all the clothing items in a man’s wardrobe were assigned feudal hierarchies, the tuxedo would probably be king. And this makes perfect sense since the very first tux ever designed was for Prince Edward VII in 1865.

Tuxedos have always been seen as the sexy cousins of suits. Thanks to James Bond and Hollywood, tuxedos spell uppercrust in a way that’s unmatched by any other menswear garment. And with more men opening up to the idea of owning one, we’re faced with the common query – how does one style a tuxedo? We’ll get to that in a moment, but first let’s start with the basics:

When do you wear tuxedos?

Tuxedos are more formal than suits and can be worn to all black tie events. They’re evening wear meant for special occasions like formal weddings and high profile parties. Infact, follow the rule that says it should come out only after 6:00 pm.

We especially like the idea of men wearing tuxedos for their weddings. This is because, there’s a good chance most guests would be dressed up in their best suits, and a sharp tuxedo is a good way to stand apart from the crowd.

What constitutes a tuxedo?

The occassion wear has three important elements:

Tuxedo jacket – These jackets usually a notched, peak or shawl lapel (the classic option) with satin facing, along with satin covered buttons and trims.

Tuxedo shirt – Tuxedo shirts often have pleated or bibbed fronts. The collars are almost always spread or wingtip since a bowtie is often the accessory of choice. Sleeves end in French cuffs. The shirt placket may be concealed or have visible studs.

Tuxedo trousers – Tuxedo trousers often have a satin stripe running down the outer leg, and are designed to be worn with the tuxedo jacket. Most tuxedo pants don’t have belt loops, in keeping with the streamlined look, therefore we suggest having it custom made. Similarly, they don’t usually come with cuffs and pleats.

Though many men think that vests are required to complete the tuxedo look, the truth is that vests, like cummerbunds, are optional.

Finally, how does one style a tuxedo?

A tuxedo isn’t complete without the right styling elements. Here’s your tuxedo styling checklist.

Colors

The most popular colors for tuxedos are black and midnight blue since these colors look distinguished. There are those who experiment with jewel tones like garnet and sapphire blue, but we recommend black and midnight blue. The satin facing on the lapels though will always be black. And the shirt should always be white.

Accessories

  • Bow ties – Though trendy folk love to challenge the system by wearing ties with their tuxes, the ideal way to accessorise the shirt is by wearing a black silk bow tie to show off the shirt bib and placket.
  • Pocket squares – Like suits, pocket squares are optional. Unlike suits, pocket squares, if opted for while wearing a tuxedo, should be white.
  • Cummerbunds – This, like the pocket square is optional. The main purpose of the cummerbund is to conceal the waist. It should be worn with the pleats facing up, and the color should ideally match the bow tie.
  • Studs and cufflinks – Tuxedo shirt plackets usually have studs, and therefore your cufflinks should ideally complement them.
  • Shoes – Wear tuxedos with solid black socks. And for shoes, wear patent leather lace-ups. You don’t need any bells and whistles to distract from the overall sleek appearance.
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Our parting words

It’s easy to go over the tips above and choose to buy a tuxedo off the rack. But the biggest contributing factor to a tuxedo’s sleek appearance is fit – the sleeves should end at the wrist, the trousers should hold up without belts, the shirt shouldn’t strain over the body nor bunch up, there should be two finger space between neck and collar. Therefore, we can’t stress enough on why it’s important to have a made to measure tuxedo.

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mix patterns menswear

Playing with patterns is a great way to create a signature look. Men who mix patterns with élan seem to know something that other men don’t. Though some have an eye for detail and a knack for layering complicated prints, the rest of us can easily level up our style by following a few rules.

First up, let’s begin with the popular patterns found in menswear:

Stripes Striped shirts using Bengal, candy, pencil, and fancy stripes, etc. are familiar to most men. Suits that sport stripes are usually pinstripe or chalk stripe suits. Stripes can be found on suits, trousers, shirts and accessories like ties and pocket squares.

Checks – Similar to stripes, checks are a popular option for men. The most popular checks are Glen plaid, windowpane, tartan, checkered, gingham and graph checks. Again, checks can be found on suits, trousers, shirts and accessories.

Geometric patterns – Most fabrics with dotted or geometric patterns used in menswear have a subtle design. Think of a navy blue shirt with tiny light blue dots. If the dotted fabric is bright or has high contrast, it’s usually a tie or a pocket square.

Florals and paisleys – Floral and paisleys are often favored for men’s ties and pocket squares because they offer a lovely pop of color to an otherwise subdued look. Yes, floral shirts with huge tropical floral prints are popular in casual wear, but for formals, florals are kept subtle and small, or used as accents.

Conversation printsConversation prints, despite their casual nature, are slowly making their way into looks that are not strictly formal. This is because they look like harmless repeat prints from a distance, and only show off their quirkiness on closer inspection.

Let’s not forget twill weaves and solids. Solids form the foundation of most looks by easily balancing patterns. The most popular twill weave, the herringbone, looks like a pattern and is very popular in men’s clothing.

Now that you know the major patterns in menswear, it’s time to look through the rules of matching them:

Rule 1 – Have a harmonious color story

This rule may seem simple to grasp but takes finesse to execute. Ideally, the colors of your clothes should fall into a complementary or contrasting color story. It should never be clashing. For, e.g., a charcoal grey suit, white shirt, and navy blue tie are all neutrals. However, a charcoal grey suit, white shirt and deep purple tie play with contrasts.

Rule 2 – Think proportion

Suits cover your body, whereas shirts and ties don’t. Therefore, stick to patterns on your shirts and ties instead of your suits, or trousers. The other thing about patterned suits and trousers is that they are memorable, therefore they should not form the foundation of your wardrobe like pieces in black, navy or grey.

Rule 3 – Have only one prominent pattern

The safest bet is to use one print in the form of a tie and pocket square or shirt and then layer it with the right suit or jacket and trousers. But if you’re going to have a patterned suit, shirt and tie, then it’s best to ensure that all pieces don’t have loud patterns. For example, a charcoal grey plaid suit paired with a white and grey graph check shirt accessorised with a red dot print tie.

Rule 4 – Play with complementary patterns

This may take a bit of time to master, but keeping rules of proportion and color harmony in mind, you can play with complementary patterns. Here are a few:

  • Checks and stripes – Check suit, solid shirt and striped tie
  • Stripes and dots – Solid suit, striped shirt and dotted tie
  • Stripes and paisleys – Pinstripe suit, solid shirt and paisley tie
  • Florals and solids – Solid suit, floral shirt and solid tie.

Rule 5 – Don’t clash pattern and color

This bears repeating, but don’t mix a loud pattern and a
vibrant shade. Your look should have a single point of focus. If the viewer is distracted by too many elements, then you’re doing it wrong.

Apart from the above rules, think of your accessories like shoes, cufflinks, watches, belts, etc. as points of visual interest. This means that if you’re going to wear a look that’s heavy on patterns, stick with basic accessories that don’t distract the eye.

If you don’t own any patterned pieces of clothing yet, start out with smaller pieces like ties, pocket squares, and shirts and build it up from there. You can also consult with the Tailorman stylists at Tailorman stores to help you choose the right prints for your wardrobe.

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pinstripe suit

Blame it on movies from the 80’s, but pinstripe suits automatically conjure images of sharply dressed finance guys talking numbers or toasting each other over closing million dollar deals. During the hipster era, the pinstripe suit trend lay dormant, but it’s making a comeback.

Traditionally, pinstripes or bankers stripes came into style in the 19th century. They started out as banker uniforms, with each bank having their own stripe, shade and weight. Later they became the uniform of choice among gangsters, whose style was later copped by Hollywood stars. And this is how it gained its bad boy reputation.

So, what is it about the pinstripe suit that makes it appealing?

On a subconscious level, pinstripe suits symbolize money, status and power. It’s conservative, yet powerful and dynamic. It represents the alpha male. Even today, it’s favored by men who work in finance, and it means business.

From a design point of view, vertical stripes create visual interest. Plus, they give a slimming and lengthening effect to the wearer. Above all, they’re a classic, and therefore not reliant on trends to stay relevant.

When should you buy a pinstripe suit?

The rule is that your pinstripe suit should come in after you’ve purchased the basic suits, namely the ones in black, grey and navy. Why is that? Pinstripe suits are memorable, and therefore repeated wears will be noted, unlike suits in solid neutrals.

How do you style it?

The color of the suit and the stripe dictates the shirts and ties you choose. Ideally, the shirts you choose should match the stripes of the suit. But you have more freedom when the stripes almost match the background, because then you can treat it like a solid. That being said, the stripes will show up the closer someone gets to you, so here are a few important rules to dressing in pinstripe suits:

  • Make sure your suit fits well. Pinstripe suits, like all suits, look best when it fits well. But, unlike other suits, say a black, navy or charcoal grey suit, pinstripe suit will show the bunching and stretching caused by bad fit because of the visible lines. The Tailorman made to measure service ensures that your suits are tailored to perfection.
  • Wear solid color shirts, preferably neutrals. If you want to play with patterns, choose micro checks and subtle stripes, but always go with neutrals as a first choice.
  • Accent the suit with ties and pocket squares with contrasting shades, e.g. navy blue, maroon, black, etc. Alternatively choose ties in light colors like gold or lilac. When it comes to patterns, it’s best to stick to paisleys, stripes, plaids, polka dots, provided they’re not loud.
  • Tone down the accessories. In other words, reduce the points of focus on your ensemble – cufflinks, tie pins, big watches, etc. This allows for a clutter free look.
  • Wear formal shoes like derbys, Oxfords or monkstraps.

Now that you have all the encouragement you need to buy a pinstripe suit, please head to the Tailorman store and make an appointment for a made to measure suit.

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Tailorman blazers for men

Changing seasons call for smart layering. You may already own a plethora of casual jackets in your wardrobe, namely leather, denim and khaki jackets. But as we slowly move into fall and winter, it’s time to add a few blazers to the mix.

Now, if you thought blazers were too formal for everyday looks, you’re probably confusing them with suit jackets. Truth is that blazers and suit jackets are just not the same. Blazers made for fall/winter are more rugged and heavier and can be worn with denims. Suit jackets, on the other hand, are usually more finer and will look out of place in a casual ensemble. Here we give you the top three blazers every stylish man should own in his wardrobe, along with tips on how to style them:

Tailorman knit blazer

A great alternative to the casual jacket, the knit blazer gives a sophisticated edge to your casual looks. We like it so much that we did an interesting blog on men’s knit blazer earlier, have a look at it. We suggest you pair the knit blazer with patterned shirts and solid trousers, or with solid T-shirts and denims. Accessorize with sneakers, loafers or Oxfords. There really is no going wrong with the Tailorman knit flex blazer, and as one of the hottest selling products this season, you should definitely head to a Tailorman store now and get one for yourself.

The classic navy blazer

This classic blazer is the ideal dressy casual piece. What does this mean? It means that it can be paired with your casual and dressy looks and won’t look out of place. You can also choose the depth of the navy blue shade you want. Pair it with light color dress shirts or one with a small repeating pattern. For the bottoms, wear khakis, chinos, jeans or dress slacks in a neutral palette. Tie the look with derby shoes. Accessorise with ties and pocket squares in pops of color since navy blue easily balances them out.

A patterned blazer

Once you have the other two essentials, it’s time to show off your personality. We suggest you buy a patterned blazer that displays your signature style. You can choose a herringbone, plaid or houndstooth blazer in tweed for this purpose. The classic color choices are browns, navy and grey. Pair it with solid color shirts or subtle checks or stripes, since the pattern on the jacket will stand out on its own. For bottoms, wear it with tailored trousers or dark wash denims. Complete the look with monk straps, boots, or wingtips.

Now that we’ve given you a few compelling reasons to buy blazers, we suggest you call for an appointment at a Tailorman store now and have these custom made for you.

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monogram for men

It’s always a pleasure to see old-school things make a comeback, especially in fashion. And monograms are right up there with finely tailored, made to measure clothing. There was a time when it was just a nice way to differentiate your clothing in the laundry pile at the boarding school. However, today its making a comeback as a tasteful addition to a man’s clothing.

So what is it with the monogram that makes it so appealing?

Most stylish men today have made space in their wardrobes to accommodate designer wear dotted with logos. Designer logos are nothing but the designer’s monogram, and though they are attractive, they’re not personalized to the wearer.

Monograms, on the other hand, are made to represent the owner of a particular piece of clothing, be it a shirt, a robe or a suit jacket. They add a subtle layer of detailing to your clothing that differentiates it from that of others. Plus, they carry an old world charm that can’t be replicated in fast fashion clothing.

What should you monogram?

The most popular monogram choice is that of the name initials, but you could also ask for a special date to be monogrammed on your clothes. An example of this is the wedding date embroidered into the suit lining. Now isn’t that a sweet touch or what?

Should it be loud or subtle?

Since this is an embellishment on your chosen piece of clothing, you do have the freedom to embroider your shirt with your initials in a bright color. But you don’t want it to be the focal point of the shirt. Therefore, its best to stick to a color that complements the shirt or suit you’ve purchased so that the monogram does not look ostentatious. Go with toned down colors or tonal shades. The subtler it is, the classier it is. And yes, only one monogram per piece of clothing.

Tailorman provides monogramming services when they create custom shirts for men. This is the perfect finishing touch to a made to measure shirt – the last step towards making it truly your own. They give you the option to have your shirt monogrammed on either of the cuffs, near the button hole, or on the left chest pocket. Similarly, Tailorman encourages you to monogram important dates (like a wedding or graduation date) onto the lining of your suit jacket.

If you’re looking to move away from the world of fast fashion, and embrace a new way of dressing yourself, then custom made clothing with your initials just might give you the necessary nudge. Over time, people will come to associate your tailor made shirts and monograms as representations of your personal style.

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Tailorman Knit Flex Blazer and ways to style it

Fluctuating weather can act like kryptonite to your most well-planned looks. What do you do when it’s too warm for a jacket, but too chilly for just a shirt or a T-shirt? Enter the Tailorman knit blazer for men.

Don’t let the word “blazer” intimidate you. The Tailorman knit blazer, also known as the Flex blazer, is the perfect layering option for the stylish man during transitional weather. The structured knit blazer straddles that tricky area between formal and casual dressing, making it a versatile piece of outerwear. That being said, the construction isn’t sloppy either.

The tailoring provides form stability, while the pockets, notch lapel, two button closures, etc., conform to classic styling. The fun elements are displayed in the lining, which can be customized.

Four ways to style the knit blazer

So how do you style this piece, because throwing it on without a second thought (though that’s exactly what it’s made for) won’t do it justice. Instead, here are three ways you can style it to get maximum mileage out of it.

Mix it with prints

Take a cue from the printed lining and wear it over a print shirt. Go for colors that complement the blazer, therefore think of your shirt as an accent since only a bit of it would be visible once the blazer is on. Dark denims in blue, black or grey complete the look.

Colorblock it

No, we’re not talking about the combination of bright separates that’s often used as an example to represent this trend. Instead, wear it over a neutral color T-shirt and trousers combo. Want to take the look up a notch? Replace the T-shirt with a turtleneck. Easy to nail and 100% on trend.

Add formal elements

If you like to experiment, then use this blazer over a denim shirt and chinos. But here’s the twist – add a tie and a pocket square!

Sexy basics

If you’re a lover of clean basics, then just consider wearing this blazer with your T-shirts, polo shirts, jeans, shirts, and trousers. It’ll automatically take the look from zero to a hundred in no time. When we said this blazer was versatile, we weren’t kidding.

Now that you’ve read till here, all we need to know is this – have you booked your blazer? Visit any of our store locations today and get your Flex blazer now!

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Statement jackets or blazers, though there are subtle distinctions, most certainly need to be a part of your daily style arsenal. Even with its ubiquitous presence, the statement jacket whether tailored or casual, are a  versatile and quirky addition that  can spice up your wardrobe and showcase your personal style.

Even if you are someone who gravitates towards basic staple pieces or like to own a wardrobe that grabs attention, owning a the statement jackets covers a broad spectrum of style preferences which everyone can benefit from. Statement jackets are about presenting a confident and idealized image of yourself to the world. It’s a trusted item of clothing that makes you feel your best in any scenario.

There are many ways to make a statement—loud, muted, and everything in between. The value of owning a custom-made statement jacket designed to fit your style preferences and constructed to your exact measurements will become one of your most trusted go-to pieces. 

Rules for wearing the statement jacket

Taking the jacket beyond formal settings, it’s about looking sharp and fashionable for casual occasions. That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind: 

  • Hemline: The hem of your statement jacket should hit around the thumb knuckle, the one between the end of your thumb and where the joint meets the palm.
  • Fit: It should fit to accommodate additional layers for cold weather knitwear or spring linens.
  • Fabric: The versatility of the statement jacket doesn’t lie solely in the number of places it can be worn, but also in the variety of fabric options from which it can be sewn.
  • Color and patterns: Get bold and creative with colours, prints, fabrics and patterns. Vibrant colour blocks, classic prints and patterns like stripes and checks, and a range of different fabrics from cotton to wool blends, tweed to velvet. A statement jacket doesn’t always have to feature outrageous patterns or colours , though if your wardrobe is more conservative overall, having at least one splashy piece in your wardrobe is a great idea.

Rules for styling the statement jacket

Restrained and classy or showing off your individual style and personal panache. Whatever you choose, your options with a statement jacket are extensive. 

A classic pairing of a dress shirt and necktie to make you look polished or for more informal days, skip the dress shirt and simply pair the jacket with your favorite v-neck sweater. Sweaters feel relaxed and less buttoned-up, while your jacket lends a professional touch to your outfit. And, don’t forget to accessorize. Pocket squares or scarves give the look some stability and cohesiveness.

We hope this article has convinced you to buy a statement jacket for yourself. We would definitely recommend a made to measure one from Tailorman.

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As the year comes to a close and the festive season draws closer, we slowly enter that period when we have to find great gifts for everyone. While men can often be the hardest to pick the right gift for, nine times out of ten, a high-quality shirt will be a winner. Whether getting dressed for the office or an evening out, there’s a shirt for every occasion, and everything in between. This curated gift guide is all you need to get your holiday shopping under way. And you can use this list for just about anyone – even yourself!

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As the year comes to a close, your dates will fill up with social calls for Christmas, New Year’s and wedding festivities. A bit of planning and a solid sense of style is the magic mix that will see you through this busy time.

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You’ve got the basics – a few full-sleeved dress shirts in the essential neutral colours (black, white, grey), both with prints and without. But a wardrobe is only relevant when it’s evolving to constantly reflect different facets of the wearer’s personality. Besides, you want to keep your look fresh and add a surprise element every once in a while. These are the statement dress shirts you need to own in order to achieve these fashion goals.

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