Buying a Tuxedo

    If you're looking for the perfect outfit for a formal occasion, you've come to the right place at The Garrison. On this page, you'll find our extensive selection of tuxedos. We also provide more background information about the tuxedo. This way, you'll be well-prepared and find a tuxedo that meets your needs. Keep reading to discover more!

    What is a Tuxedo?

    To start, let's clarify what a tuxedo actually is: a tuxedo, also known as a dinner jacket, is a formal outfit worn on special occasions such as galas, weddings, and other formal events. It consists of a black or dark blue jacket with satin lapels, matching trousers with a single satin stripe along the sides of the pants, and a white shirt with a concealed placket and cuffs. You can consider the tuxedo as one of the most elegant outfits for gentlemen.

    What's the Difference Between a Tuxedo and a Suit?

    A common question is: what's the difference between a tuxedo and a suit? The answer is simple, satin presence. A tuxedo has satin lapels and satin stripes on the sides of the pants. Additionally, a tuxedo is meant for evening wear, while a suit is suitable for any time of day. Although a black suit is acceptable for a black-tie optional event, it's not an imitation tuxedo. As long as you're not wearing a black bowtie, it's a good choice.

    Wearing a tuxedo is truly reserved for formal events, such as a black-tie wedding, gala, or an evening at the opera. A suit can also be worn to formal events, like business meetings, appointments, or even dates. Furthermore, a tuxedo features satin buttons, pockets, and lapels, whereas a suit lacks satin. If you're unsure about what to wear, remember that satin makes the difference between a suit and a tuxedo.

    The History of the Tuxedo Jacket

    The tuxedo jacket originated in the Victorian era (1837-1901), where it was worn by English gentlemen in the smoking room. It was a functional garment that protected the clothing worn underneath from smoke and falling ash. Later, it became more popular thanks to Edward VII (Prince of Wales), who commissioned Henry Poole to create a blue silk tuxedo jacket, which he often wore during meals. The tuxedo became increasingly popular, leading to not only black jackets being acceptable but also blue ones. Although there are still many style etiquettes regarding the tuxedo, the standards have become less strict over the years.

    While the tuxedo jacket is mainly considered a fashion item today and is worn at galas, it's essential to keep in mind that it was originally intended as protection against smoke and ash. However, most fabrics don't provide good protection, especially cheaper tuxedos. It's good to be aware that at The Garrison, we only use high-quality materials. A true tuxedo jacket is made of heavy silk or cotton velvet, keeping your clothing free from smoke. Fortunately, this is less important nowadays due to the decrease in the number of smokers.

    When Should You Wear a Tuxedo?

    A tuxedo is a suit suitable for formal events such as weddings, galas, premieres, and balls. The tuxedo became popular as formal wear in England during the nineteenth century and became part of international men's fashion. Wearing a tuxedo has always been limited to the evening. The original purpose of this elegant clothing was to replace the suit that men wore all day, allowing them to leave behind the dirt and odor of a long day's work.

    Today, a tuxedo is considered the most formal option and is reserved for black-tie events. These are often galas, award ceremonies, and extravagant weddings where a classic outfit is most suitable. While a tuxedo is suitable for evening occasions, suits are suitable for any time of day and can be worn at less formal events such as business meetings and dates. It's important to remember that if the event invitation doesn't clearly indicate a black-tie dress code, wearing a tuxedo as a guest may be unnecessary, and a well-tailored men's suit will suffice.

    Tuxedo Fabrics

    A traditional tuxedo is made of wool and sometimes silk. The use of quality materials is crucial in producing a tuxedo, as the fabric accentuates the luxurious feel of the outfit. The wool used is often of fine quality with a soft texture. Silk is usually added to the lapels and stripes on the trousers to provide extra shine.

    When choosing the fabric for a tuxedo, it's essential to consider the quality and durability of the material. High-quality fabric not only lasts longer but also offers more comfort and a better fit. Additionally, the choice of fabric may depend on the occasion for which the tuxedo is worn. For example, heavy wool fabric is suitable for a winter wedding, while lighter fabric is better for a summer black-tie event.

    There are also modern alternatives to the traditional fabrics used in making a tuxedo. For instance, we use synthetic materials or blends of wool and synthetic fibers to create a lighter and more breathable fabric, especially for summer wear. These materials are often easier to maintain and clean than traditional fabrics. Check out our tuxedos at the top of the page to discover the high-quality materials our tuxedos are made from. We deliberately choose sustainable materials to ensure you enjoy your tuxedo for a long time. Below, you'll find an example of one of our popular tuxedos.

    What Shoes to Wear with a Tuxedo?

    Choosing the right shoes to wear with a tuxedo is important to make a good impression at a formal occasion. While there are many different shoes you can wear, classic black patent leather shoes remain the best choice. Wearing these shoes adds a touch of elegance to the outfit and is a timeless choice that never goes out of style. Research shows that 75% of people wearing a tuxedo choose for patent leather shoes to complete their look. However, if you can't find patent leather shoes or don't want to spend a lot of money on them, plain black leather shoes, without conspicuous details, are also a good option. Keep in mind that the shoes under a tuxedo must always be black and made of leather; otherwise, it doesn't adhere to style etiquettes. Want to add an extra touch to your outfit? Choose for shoes with a slight shine.

    Buying a Tuxedo? Do It Affordably at The Garrison

    Do you want to buy a new tuxedo? Now you know exactly what a tuxedo is, when to wear it, and what shoes to wear with it. On this page, we've provided all the information about the tuxedo as comprehensively as possible. This way, you'll be well-prepared when you purchase a new tuxedo. Check out our tuxedos at the top of this page to discover our full collection of tuxedos. Interested in our three-piece suits too? Make sure to browse our three-piece suits category page. Have more questions? Then contact us.