How to Wear Cufflinks and Studs – 5 Easy to Follow Steps

Cufflinks and Studs are generally worn with most formal shirts and may also be referred to as “Formal Jewelry”.  They’re a great way to add personal style to any tuxedo, suit or dress shirt.  With so many choices, they can also be a way to support your favorite sports team, thank your groomsmen for their service, or simply complete your formalwear look.

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Your tuxedo rental will come with a set of formal jewelry which includes four studs and two cufflinks. A set of optional, premium jewelry is shown.

Inserting a shiny set of cufflinks and studs into your crisp, tuxedo shirt is easy! Follow these simple steps…

CUFFLINKS
Cufflinks – Step 1:
With your shirt on, pinch the cuffs of your sleeve together so that the insides of both sides of the shirt sleeve are pressed together or “kissing”.


Pinch the sleeve of the tuxedo shirt together.

Cufflinks – Step 2:
Insert the cufflink through both holes in the shirt’s cuff.  The colored, decorative part of the cufflink should face the outside when your arm is at your side.
Insert the Cufflink through both button holes.

Cufflinks – Step 3:
Depending on the cufflink style, you may need to secure the cufflink on the backside of the shirt’s cuff.

Bullet Back or Toggle Closure – The most common of all cufflink styles and the easiest to put on.  This style has a bullet shaped or narrow bar that is suspended between two posts.  Prior to inserting it through the shirt’s sleeve holes, the bar should be flipped 90 degrees, so that it lines up with the posts.  The bar is then flipped back to the horizontal position, securing the cufflink in place on the shirt.

Fixed Backing – Fixed backings are an extension of the cufflink.  This means that the cufflink post and backing are one solid piece and are affixed to the decorative side of the cufflink.  The backing does not bend or move in any way.   The rounded backing may be a bit harder to insert though the shirt’s holes, but the non-moving parts make it more resilient in the long run.

Bullet Back Closure

STUDS
Studs – Step 4:
Look for the stud hole next to each pearl button on the front of your tuxedo shirt.  Insert the front or decorative side of the stud through the stud hole… starting from the inside of the shirt.  You can ignore the pearl buttons found on your tuxedo shirt; they are not needed when wearing studs.

Insert the stud through the back stud hole.

Studs – Step 5:
Then, with the stud acting as a button, feed it through the font button hole on the formal shirt.  This will secure the front closed.  Repeat the process for all four studs.
Secure the front of the shirt closed using the stud.

Stud Style
Although black is the traditional color for tuxedo jewelry, the color of your formal jewelry may vary depending on your choice of tuxedo or suit.  Studs come in sets of four.  If you’re wearing a bow tie with your tuxedo or suit, you should wear all four studs.  However, if you choose to wear a windsor tie and vest with your tuxedo or suit, you may choose to skip wearing the studs, since they won’t be visible under the windsor tie.

4 Ways to Upgrade your Wedding Tuxedo Style

Your wedding day is quickly approaching!  While most eyes will be on the bride’s walk down the aisle, her eyes will be on you. You’ll want to ensure she remembers your wedding style… from this day forward.  And now more than ever, grooms have the flexibility to make their wedding day tuxedo or suit their own.  It’s not just about a plain, black tux anymore.  Feel free to choose a tuxedo or suit that complements you and your bride’s style.  Here are four quick ways to upgrade your wedding style:

Find the Right Fit
Your wedding day will likely feel more like a marathon than a sprint, so you’ll want to be comfortable in the fit of your tuxedo or suit.  For a more modern look, choose a slim fit style for your wedding party. The slimmer lapels and narrower body will offer a flattering silhouette for every man in your party – including those guys that wear big and tall sizes.  If slim fit styles aren’t your thing… Jim’s Formal Wear offers modern or traditional fit tuxedos and suits as well.  You can take your pick!

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Tony Bowls Slim Fit Genesis Tuxedo

Fabrics that Feel as Good as They Look
Let’s face it guys; what’s better than a long embrace from your bride-to-be.  She’ll love the way your first hug as husband and wife feels when you’re wearing a finer fabricated tuxedo.  Choose an upgraded fabric like Super 130’s or Super 100’s versus worsted wool for your wedding tuxedo.  You’ll feel more comfortable in the lightweight fabric.  And, the feel will be amazing… for both you and the bride.

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Tony Bowls Super 130’s Manhattan Slim Fit Tuxedo

Add Some Color
Planning a beach wedding or a garden locale for your nuptials?  Choose a tan, gray or slate blue tuxedo or suit to accentuate your wedding style.  Think about a white dinner jacket for your summer wedding.  Or, choose a charcoal gray or chocolate tux for your fall wedding.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the proverbial black tuxedo box.

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Stephen Geoffrey Slate Blue Aspen Slim Fit Tuxedo

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La Strada White Tuxedo jacket with coordinating black pants

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Stephen Geoffrey Chocolate Cambridge Tuxedo

Accessorize Your Style
Your bride will certainly accessorize her wedding dress with jewelry, shoes and even a veil.  Grooms should be no different.  Let the details define your style by upgrading your tuxedo with these optional accessories.

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A microfiber fitted shirt will offer you a tailored fit with a luxurious feel.

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Choose a modern slim fit pant as a contemporary alternative to traditional formal trousers.

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The Dunbar Comfort Shoe is designed exclusively for the gentleman looking for extended comfort and contemporary styling in a formal shoe.

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Adding a splash of color with a pocket square is the perfect finishing touch for your tuxedo or suit.

No matter what options you choose, just be sure to make your wedding day ensemble your own.  It’s your style… choose accordingly.  Happy planning!

Destination Wedding Attire for the Groom: Options to Rent

Like a traditional wedding, a destination wedding also involves a bit of planning. You’ll find yourself researching locations, logistics, travel expenses and many other things. One important aspect of the destination wedding you will be deciding on is the attire for the groom. We’re happy you came across this article because we can make some great destination wedding tuxedo and suit rental suggestions to help you decide.

One of our most popular destination wedding ensembles is the Lord West Tan Havana. Truly a suit, because there is no satin on the lapel which defines a tuxedo, the Havana is an excellent choice for any beach wedding. It’s light tan coloring means it will reflect the sun and be a cooler, comfortable style to wear. Plus, being a neutral color, you can accessorize it with a variety of colors. We have found light colors and pastels look the best.

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The Lord West Havana Destination Wedding Suit shown with a turquoise Windsor Tie.

Gray tuxedos remain very popular for weddings and certainly should be a color you consider for your destination wedding. One of our newest styles is the Gray Aspen. It’s a lightweight, medium gray, slim fit tuxedo featuring a slimmer notch lapel edged in fine satin. The Aspen tuxedo and matching pants can be rented with a coordinating fullback vest in gray – or – you can complement the tux with any number of colorful vests and ties.

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The Gray Aspen Slim Fit Destination Wedding Tuxedo shown with a coordinating fullback vest and a Rose Petal Windsor tie.

Should you like the Gray Aspen Tuxedo’s styling, but were thinking of a darker color for your destination affair, the Slate Blue Aspen may be the tux to choose. Styled and tailored the same as the Gray Aspen, the Slate Blue Aspen is also a slim fit tuxedo with a narrower lapel and satin edging.

Slate Blue Aspen Slim Fit Tuxedo

The Slate Blue Aspen is identical in styling to the Gray Aspen, but could be the better choice for your destination wedding if you are looking for a darker color.

The Slate Blue Aspen is a beautiful tuxedo, particularly up close. You’ll love the fabric the coat and pants are tailored in. You can accessorize with a coordinating slate blue vest or any number of colorful fullback vests. We’re particularly fond of pastel colors with this style.

If your destination wedding is being held in a cooler climate where a darker tuxedo may be most appropriate, we would suggest renting the Tony Bowls Manhattan Slim Fit Tuxedo for your wedding party. The Manhattan is a great choice because it is tailored in Super 130′s wool for the most comfortable fit and feel available in any of our tuxedo styles. Your gentleman will love the fit and feel of this garment. Plus, being a slim fit style, it is very flattering and can be worn by many body types.

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The Tony Bowls Manhattan Slim Fit Tuxedo. Tailored in Super 130′s wool, the Manhattan is a very comfortable tuxedo to wear for a destiantion affair.

All of the destination wedding tuxedos featured in this article are available for rental from your nearest Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer. If you were planning to purchase the destination wedding attire for your gentlemen instead, you are in luck. We have the Stephen Geoffrey Riviera Destination Wedding Suit to show you. Click here to see it!

Destination Wedding Attire for the Groom: An Option to Purchase

If you have been considering a destination wedding and are wondering what the groom could wear to such an affair, we have some style suggestions to help you decide. Your options include a style you can buy (see below) or a number of styles you can rent.

The Stephen Geoffrey Riviera Destination Suit is a very popular look for a beach wedding. The Riviera is tailored in light, breathable linen fabric and is comfortable to wear. It comes with a coat, a pair of pants, and a shirt making it a versatile ensemble – versatile in that the groom could wear the entire suit, coat included, for the actual ceremony and then remove the coat later on in the day.

Riviera Destination Wedding Suit for a beach wedding

The Riviera Destination Wedding Suit is a complete ensemble including a coat, a pair of pants, and a shirt.

The Riviera’s pant features contemporary flat front styling and adjustable waist tabs. The Riviera’s companion shirt is very stylish – it features an open collar, a straight bottom hem, and vertical pintucks.

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Tailored in a cotton blend, the companion shirt to the Riviera Destination wedding suit features many attractive details.

Long sleeves can be worn down or rolled up and fastened with buttons at mid-sleeve. The details of the shirt include embroidered striping.

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Textured fabric and vertical pintucks highlight the front of the Riviera shirt – also known as a Guayabera shirt.

The Stephen Geoffrey Riviera Destination Suit is available for purchase only from your nearest Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer.

Looking to rent your groom’s destination wedding ensemble instead? We have rental options available, too! Click here to see them.

14 Rules for Wearing a Tuxedo

Let’s face it. Most men may only wear a tuxedo a handful of times in their lives. So it really is no wonder that we get questions about how to wear a tuxedo on almost a daily basis.  Black tie attire is fairly simple to achieve. However, there are some rules that should not be broken and some that are free to be broken, in good taste of course.

This is by no means a comprehensive listing of formal wear etiquette. However, it should be sufficient to get any gentleman off to a good start. Here are some helpful tips to properly don a tuxedo at your next formal event.

1. When wearing a single-breasted tuxedo, thou shall always wear a cummerbund or vest. The primary concern is to conceal the bit of white shirt fabric that will show between your bottom coat button and your waistband.

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A black fullback vest accompanies the Manhattan Slim Fit Tuxedo and is a classy accessory choice.

2. Thou shall never button all the buttons on your tuxedo coat. The only exception to the rule is when wearing a one button tuxedo. On two, three or four button tuxedo styles, the bottom button should always remain unbuttoned.

3. Thou shall not wear a belt with your formal tuxedo trousers. In fact, tuxedo pants should not have belt loops… ever.

4. Pleated front shirts are not necessary. Although they are more formal and traditional, oftentimes a man looks best in a microfiber, plain front shirt with a laydown collar.

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The modern look of the clean, non-pleated front and tapered sides of the Microfiber Formal Shirt creates a flattering silhouette.

5. When wearing a bow tie with a wing collar shirt, the wings should fall behind the bow tie.

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The wing tips on a formal shirt lay behind your bow tie.

6. Thou shall wear formal shoes with your tuxedo ensemble – preferably a patent leather shoe style.

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The Black Dunbar Formal Shoe: comfortable, stylish and an absolute must to wear with any tuxedo.

7. When wearing a cummerbund with your tuxedo, the pleats should face upwards.

8. Thou shall wear a pocket square. They are a must to complete any formal ensemble.  Choose a white satin pocket square with a black bow tie for a classic look, or choose a colorful tie and pocket square to liven up your look.

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Add a splash of color to your tuxedo with a coordinating pocket square.

9. Don’t be afraid to add color to your ensemble with the use of formal accessories. Unless you’re attending a White Tie function where pique’ accessories are required, colored accessories are fair game. It’s not necessary to match, but you shall try to at least coordinate with your date’s attire.

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Color coordination with your date makes the two of you look terrific for a night out on the town.

10. Thou shall wear suspenders with a tuxedo. However, in the event that your pants stay up without suspenders, they are not necessary.

11. Thou shall not wear pants with cuffs. Traditionally, formal trousers should have a satin stripe down the side of the pant, and they should feature a straight leg hem.

12. Thou shall wear white and ivory dinner jackets only during the warmer months (Memorial Day to Labor Day) unless you are visiting or live in a warm weather climate.

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The classic formal wear ensemble for events between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

13. Know your dress code definitions: White Tie Invited, Black Tie Invited, Black Tie Preferred. If you think the organizers of an event meant something else, do not be embarrassed to inquire, since it would be far more embarrassing to show up in the wrong attire.

14. Smile; you’re going to look great in your tuxedo!

New Coats and Accessories Added to Jim’s Formal Wear Line

We are excited to show you the Tuxedos and Accessories recently added to our Formalwear line for Spring of 2014…

The Stephen Geoffrey Slate Blue Aspen Slim Fit Tuxedo
First up is the new Slate Blue Aspen, a tuxedo certain to turn heads because of its slim fit cut and beautiful color. The new Slate Blue Aspen is a tuxedo coat and matching pants tailored similarly to our very popular Stephen Geoffrey Gray Aspen Tuxedo  - which means it, like all of our slim fit styles, is a tux many men can wear and look great in. Plus, the slate blue fabric is exquisite in person and makes the tuxedo beautiful and rich in appearance. Our photography is great for this style, but it is a stunner when viewed first hand, trust me!

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Flattering in appearance and cut, the Slate Blue Aspen is tailored in a beautiful fabric.

The Slate Blue Aspen looks very good when paired with pastel colored fullback vests. However, if you want to go for a more conservative 3-piece tuxedo look at your wedding, a matching fullback vest is available to match the Slate Blue Aspen:

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For a true 3-piece look, you can wear the Slate Blue Aspen with a companion fullback vest.

The Camo Tux
And now for something completely different… The second new tuxedo we have added to our formalwear line is the Camo Tux. Camouflage is hot right now and so are camo-themed and rustic weddings. Having a tuxedo style to offer to the bride and groom who are planning this type of affair was a goal of ours for Spring of 2014.

When we conceived this style and worked with a manufacturer to produce it, we wanted the camo pattern to be somewhat subtle. We think we nailed it and created a tux with a classy use of the Mossy Oak camo pattern on the notch lapels and pocket trim.

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Our new Camo Tux introduces a camouflage pattern on the lapels and pocket trim making for subtle and stylish accents.

Herringbone and Expressions Vests – Because Color Matters!
Your wedding is a special day and we know you want everything to be perfect. Presenting a wonderful, well thought out theme for your guests is important and therefore your color matters. You can always count on your Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer to have the right colors to complement your affair through your gentlemen’s tuxedos.

Diligent research into the trendiest wedding colors for the season was performed by our marketing and merchandising teams. We do this annually and incorporated the findings into our color selections for two Fullback Vest and Tie Collections for Spring 2014…

The Expressions Fullback Vest and Tie Collection comes in 27 solid colors and you can complement any Expressions vest you choose with a Solid Windsor Tie, a Striped Windsor Tie or a Bow Tie.

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The Expressions Fullback Vest Program is available in 27 solid colors with windsor and bow ties to match.

You’ll also like the fact that the Expressions fullback vests are tailored with a matching back which makes the gentlemen in your wedding reflect your color even when they have the tuxedo jackets removed.

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Colored backs on the Expressions Fullback Vests reflect your theme when the gentlemen have their tuxedo coats removed.

The Herringbone Fullback Vest and Tie Collection has also proven to be very popular with our nationwide network of retailers and their wedding customers. Therefore, the addition of a number of new colors seemed very appropriate for Spring of 2014.

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The Herringbone Fullback Vest and Tie collection is available in 42 colors – one of our bigger color palettes.

We have added 20 new colors to the Herringbone Fullback Vest collection which brings the total number of color choices up to 42. Forty-two colors… you’ll find your color in this collection!

The Finishing Touch for your Gray Tuxedo: The Gray Allegro Formal Shoe
Lastly, gray tuxedos continue to be very popular for weddings and we offer a number of gray tuxedo styles including the Gray Aspen Tuxedo and the Gray Portofino Tuxedo.

However, we have received some requests for a gray formal shoe to complement those styles – in lieu of a gentleman having to wear a black shoe. Therefore, we’re happy to offer the Gray Allegro formal shoe. Both gray and black tuxedo shoes are appropriate with a gray tuxedo, it’s your decision.

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Complement your Gray Tuxedo ensemble with the Gray Allegro Formal Shoe.

Our new tuxedo styles and accessories may be viewed in more detail online simply by browsing our website. Likewise, you can see our entire product line within the Tuxedo and Accessory Collection catalogs – which you will find in the store of every Authorized Jim’s Formal Wear Tuxedo Retailer nationwide.

Top 5 Tuxedo Trends at the 2014 Oscars

If you were tuned into the 86th Annual Academy Awards, you likely noticed some new (and some old) formal wear trends on the red carpet.  Any of these classic or fashion-forward Hollywood choices can add style to your upcoming wedding or prom. Here’s the top 5 in no particular order…

1. White Dinner Jackets – Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey chose to stand-out from the sea of black tuxedos with a white dinner jacket and black formal pants. Whether you pair the ensemble with a classic black bow tie and cummerbund or colorful accessories, it’s a great look for Spring and Summer weddings and proms.

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Jared Leto stands out in a classic dinner jacket formal ensemble.

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Resemble Mr. Bond… A classic dinner jacket look is available for rental from your nearest Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer.

2. Black Bow Ties – Hallelujah! Bow ties are back… and there was no shortage of them on the red carpet this year.  It’s an accessory that has always remained in style, but with the popularity of Windsor Ties in the last few years, we haven’t seen much of them on the runway. You can bet that bow ties are here to stay, since they add style and sophistication to any tuxedo ensemble.

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Leonardo DiCaprio sports the timeless black satin bow tie – a staple of men’s formal attire for more than a century.

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Concerned about being in style? You can’t go wrong with a black satin bow tie. Ever. Here, it’s shown with the Tony Bowls Manhattan.

 3. Slim Fit Tuxedo Styles – Bradley Cooper looked impeccable in his slim fit tuxedo with peak lapels. Not only did his tuxedo jacket fit perfectly, but his slim fit pants were the ideal length… without that bunchy fabric look at the top of his formal shoe. Slim fit tux styles can work for a variety of body shapes! You don’t have to be shaped like a stick to make it work. If you prefer your garments to “fit” your body, a slim fit styling may be the correct choice for your next formal event.

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Bradley Cooper dons a Slim Fit Tuxedo on the red carpet. Despite what the name might imply, Slim Fit Tuxedos can be worn by most body types with a flattering effect!

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Not only is the Tony Bowls Manhattan one of our best renting slim fit styles, it is also tailored of Super 130′s fabric which makes it one of the most comfortable tuxedos styles we offer.

4. Slate Blue Tuxedo – There’s no better way to stand out from the crowd than with a colored tuxedo. Kevin Spacey did just that with a slate blue tuxedo with black satin lapels. He paired his tuxedo with black classic accessories, but you should not be afraid to use colorful ties or vests to make a splash.

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As a stylish alternate to black, Kevin Spacey wore a deep blue tuxedo to the Oscars.

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5. Skinny Lapels – Long gone are the days of the wide lapel. I mean, let’s be serious, Dumbo’s ears had some stiff competition back in the 90’s. But those fly-away lapels have since been replaced with slimmer options. Choose a skinny shawl lapel for a super sleek look that will elongate your body. It’s sure to make every gentleman in your party look great.

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Ethan Hawke’s tuxedo choice for the evening was a black tuxedo with skinny, shawl lapels.

 

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The Stephen Geoffrey Cyprus, available from your nearest Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer, features stylish and slimming satin shawl lapels.

The Academy Award Celebration was a wonderful night to root for your favorite stars and get a look at today’s most popular trends in men’s formal attire.

Incorporating a Camo Tux into Your Dream Wedding

You did it! The majority of your dream wedding’s details are set. The venue, florist and caterer are booked. Your perfect dress is on order. You’ve even managed to whittle your guest list into a manageable amount. There’s just one big thing to consider…Tux Rental!

It’s the perfect time to get your groom’s opinion, so he feels like he’s a part of the decision making process, right? That’s right… up until the point that he drops the proverbial bomb:  “I want to wear a camo wedding tux.” (Insert gasp here.)  It’s OK; don’t worry. We can incorporate his camo dream into your wedding with class.

The Camouflage Tuxedo by Jim’s Formal Wear combines just the right amount of outdoorsman with a truly classic tuxedo look. The camouflage lapel coupled with the black tux will show off your man’s style without your guests questioning which tree he just climbed down.

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A classy rendition of the Camo Tux and available for rental from your nearest Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer.

Select a more traditional black vest and bow tie for the ceremony, and let him and his groomsmen go all out with a Mossy Oak camo tux vest or camouflage tie at the reception.  We even offer white camo tie and vest styles for the groom.

And speaking of those camo vests, the Camouflage Fullback Vest is tailored of the same fabric found on the lapel of our Camo Tux. It makes a great addition to your camouflage ensemble. We wrote a blog article about its popularity here.

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Incorporate pink camo into your camouflage theme by adding a pink accessory like this Windsor tie.

Maybe I’ve got this all wrong and pink camo is your forte. If so, we have you covered.  Choose from hundreds of accessory colors to coordinate with your wedding colors.

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Add a Camouflage Fullback Vest to your Camo Tux ensemble. The pattern of the vest and lapels match to create a coordinated look for your camo-themed wedding.

Whether you and your fiancée choose a camo tux and accessories or something more traditional, Jim’s Formal Wear will be here to help you through the process. Best of luck on your upcoming nuptials!

Homecoming Fashion Tips

The homecoming dance is like the Golden Globe Awards of high school and although there may not be a red carpet, people will be looking at what you are wearing. The pictures taken of you throughout the night will likely be online for public display within 24 hours of the dance’s completion. You’ve got to worry about finding a date, asking her, booking a limo, picking out a corsage, and picking the perfect spot to eat before so don’t go through all that only to look like everyone else at the party. Follow the advice below to see how you can impress your date, peers, and everyone in between simply by sticking with choices that have stood the test of time.

When dressing for homecoming the two best things to remember are to stay classic and complimentary. You want to look great on your own, but after all the trouble getting this girl to be your date you should look like you belong with her.

Start with the Troy Black Tuxedo from Stephen Geoffrey.This jacket is a pretty traditional piece spiced up with a modern silhouette and satin lapel sure to charm the socks of your date.

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Next, grab the Microfiber Formal Shirt in white. This is an ultra soft shirt that is comfortable and you won’t have to worry about it wrinkling.

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Pair with Flat Front Formal Trousers in black Super 100’s Wool. These are going to breathe and the adjustable waist will help you get your dance on comfortably.

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Now that the basics are covered, let’s move onto the accessories.  This is where you get to show a little flare, but also remember to keep your date’s outfit in mind. Match your vest, tie, and pocket square to the color of your date’s dress.  If it has a lot of colors in it, pick the one you like best or if she wants to keep her wardrobe a surprise stick with black or white.

The Fusion Fullback Vest is a classy choice and you may add some flare without distracting from your date with a patterned tie – either the Striped Windsor or the Vine Windsor – or you can get really spunky with a Bow Tie.  If you want to show a little more of your personality, top off your look with a Black Fedora hat.

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All of the choices above are going to make you stand out to your peers and give you an heir of confidence that is sure to make the night a hit. And the best part: you can find the closest retail store to you carrying this ensemble by visiting our Store Locator. So don’t wait until the last minute. Make the arrangements for the perfect homecoming dance now, and count the heads turning later.

History of the Tuxedo – Part 2

Images courtesy of The Tuxedo Club.

Images courtesy of The Tuxedo Club.

In Part 1 of our 2 part series, we discussed the unusual origins of the word “tuxedo” which has become a familiar term relating to men’s formalwear. In Part 2 of the series, we will discuss the men at the heart of this origin story and how the tuxedo became part of formal fashion.

The Emergence of the Tuxedo Club

When we left off with the history of the tuxedo, we learned about Tuxedo Park and a country club established in New York for wealthy aristocrats by one of their own, Pierre Lorillard IV. From Tuxedo Park emerged a number of homes surrounding the country club, cementing the club as an important landmark for this community. Eventually, the society of Tuxedo Park developed an elite group of wealthy men that formed what was eventually known as the Tuxedo Club.

This club revolved around a social calendar that included formal events, like balls, and sporting events that allowed the men to enjoy leisure time in the community. The club even established a golf course, tennis courts and allowed for members to enjoy boating on the grounds.

Image courtesy of The Tuxedo Club.

Image courtesy of The Tuxedo Club.

The Rise of Fashion Rebellion

Before the tuxedo became a larger player in aristocratic circles in Gilded Age America, men who attended the country club would typically wear a formal white coat and tie. However, the way in which the tuxedo emerged is hard to discern because there are multiple tales about who exactly wore the first one to a formal event at the Tuxedo Club.

Some of the lore surrounding the tuxedo attributes Lorillard’s son Griswold to bringing the fashionable, new outfit to the first Autumn Ball of 1886, which later became an annual event. According to this story, Pierre Lorillard, his father, commissioned a modified “tail-less” black jacket to wear to the ball inspired by a dinner jacket designed by Savile Row tailor Henry Poole & Co., who was England’s Prince of Wales’ tailor at the time. In this version of the story, Pierre decided last minute not to wear this radical new fashion, but Griswold and his friends modeled their outfits on his and made a splash at the ball.

Another version of the tuxedo story, which comes straight from the Tuxedo Club itself, attributes the tuxedo to Tuxedo Club member James Brown Potter. The summer prior to the first Autumn Ball, Potter and his wife Cora, while visiting England, received an invite from the Prince of Wales to join him at Sandringham, his country estate, for the weekend. Mr. Potter was unsure of what to wear for the dinner, and after asking the Prince, was instructed to visit his tailor in London to get fitted for a short jacket, rather than a tailcoat, for dinner, as the Prince had personally adopted this style and had grown to like it. After Potter returned to the United States and showed other Tuxedo Club members this new fashion trend, they embraced it and had their own tailors copy his style.

Visit Jim’s Formal Wear’s blog next time for Part 3 of the history of the tuxedo, where we discuss how the formalwear spread beyond the Tuxedo Club.