About Anna Kuhn

Anna Kuhn is a key member of the Jim's Formal Wear Marketing Department and is our resident formalwear expert. She maintains a frequent connection to the end-consumer and has been asked every possible question related to tuxedos and formalwear protocol at least once. Maybe twice.

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!

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!

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!