How to wear a tuxedo jacket

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How to wear a tuxedo jacket
Wear a tuxedo jacket for day or evening. (groom image by Mat Hayward from

A tuxedo jacket is a necessary style item for black-tie parties or events. But tuxedo jackets are not just for fancy affairs. You can dress down this stylish blazer with jeans or change your shirt and tie for a casual dinner date. From selecting the right fit to adding accessories, you can wear this men's wear staple for daytime and evening occasions.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Cummerbund
  • Cufflinks
  • Various ties
  • Dark denim
  • Cowboy boots
  • White or blue shirt

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    Identify your style. There are four types of tuxedo jackets: single-breasted, shawl-collar, double-breasted and white dinner jacket. For casual occasions, the double-breasted is less formal than the single-breasted jacket.

  2. 2

    Find the perfect fit. To determine your jacket size, wrap a measuring tape around the broadest part of your chest. This measurement corresponds with the size you will wear in a tuxedo jacket.

  3. 3

    Select the proper shirt. Wear a shirt that complements your jacket. For example, wear a white or light blue shirt with a navy blue tuxedo jacket. For the best shirt fit, tailor your tuxedo sleeves so that ½ inch of the shirt cuff is revealed.

  4. 4

    Wear different ties with your tuxedo jacket. Choose a colourful bow tie, classic long tie or clip-on tie. For less formal occasions, long ties are appropriate. Select a bow tie with a butterfly shape for parties, balls and white tie events.

  5. 5

    Pair your jacket with denim. Dress up your dark jeans with a black shirt and black tuxedo jacket for dinner dates or casual events. To transform your jacket from sophisticated to a Western look, wear jeans and an old pair of leather cowboy boots.

  6. 6

    Choose the proper accessories. Cummerbunds and scarves add classic sartorial style to your tuxedo jacket. Add sparkle to your tuxedo jacket by wearing cufflinks, tie clips and a shirt adorned with colourful studs.

Tips and warnings

  • For a casual evening event, select a tuxedo jacket with lapels in a contrasting colour.
  • If want to upgrade your basic shawl-collar tuxedo to a more modern and versatile choice, select peak and notched collared jackets.
  • Wear a cummerbund for additional colour. However, wear the accessory with the pleats facing downward.
  • The best fitting tuxedo jacket drapes smoothly over your shoulder blades and chest. The jacket is too tight if you cannot comfortably cross your arms or raise your hands.

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