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 1

The tuxedo is the most recognized formalwear for men in modern fashion, but its origins are not as commonly known to people as the style of the outfit. In this three part series, we will discuss where the tuxedo came from, its evolution over time and the tuxedo we are familiar with today.

Left to Right: a 1931 Tuxedo advertisement, a classic tuxedo

Left to Right: a 1931 Tuxedo advertisement, a classic tuxedo

Origins of the Word

The word “tuxedo” has deeply American roots and originally did not have to do with formalwear. The word P’tauk-seet-tough, which shares its phonetics with the word we use today, was an Algonquin word given to land in New York by the Algonquin Indian tribe.

The word that evolved into “tuxedo” has been attributed both to an Indian chief with the name P’tauk-seet-tough and to the meaning “home of the bear.” In some circles, the word  tucsedo came from the Lenape language of the Delaware Indians. The word we know today as “tuxedo” in its current spelling may have been translated by the Dutch when they were granted the land we know today as southern New York State in the 1700′s. Regardless of its true origins – Lenape, Algonquin or Dutch – it is a certainty that the word “tuxedo” truly evolved from multiple cultures as history brought people from Europe into America.

The Rise of Tuxedo Park and the Tuxedo Club

Fast forward to the 1800′s, and Tuxedo, New York, a town in the same land the Indians had claimed before, grew in population. The Gilded Age was approaching, and American tobacco manufacturer Pierre Lorillard IV developed the idea behind the Tuxedo Club in 1886.

Tuxedo Park Founder Pierre Lorillard IV

Tuxedo Park Founder Pierre Lorillard IV

This planned community was a country club that southwest of Tuxedo Park, a village associated with the larger town of Tuxedo. Lorillard had inherited 13,000 acres around Tuxedo Lake, and with help from other wealthy New Yorkers, he developed the prestigious club that became the birthplace of the formal outfit we know as the tuxedo.

Top: the Tuxedo Club in 1920, Bottom: the Autumn Ball at the Tuxedo Club, 1959

Top: the Tuxedo Club in 1920, Bottom: the Autumn Ball at the Tuxedo Club, 1959

Coming soon… Part 2 and Part 3 on the origins of the tuxedo from Jim’s Formal Wear!

Fashion Tips for the Recent College Graduate

The college years can be some of the most memorable times in a person’s life. It’s a time for learning new things, meeting people different from yourself, and going through lots of exciting experiences. There are a lot of experiences that you might have in college that you won’t have in the real world… Going to bed at 3:00 am and sleeping until noon on a regular basis might be an example of one. Wearing a t-shirt imprinted with a tuxedo graphic to a formal party might be another!

Once you are out of college, it’s time to start dressing like a respectable adult. Very few people are born with a good sense of style, however, there are some general ground rules that will help get you on the road to looking good.

Be Conservative - This is especially true for social events like weddings or holiday parties. Unlike college, where the center of attention is usually fought for by means of flashy shirts and unruly behavior, weddings and other social activities for folks in their mid to late 20’s are centered around other people. And, those people may not appreciate being upstaged. So avoid the flashy stuff and grab something conservative to wear. In the end (despite what your old college sense of style may be telling you) you will look nicer, you will have shown respect to the people who are rightfully at the center of attention, and you will look like a grown up.

What should you wear to a swanky wedding should an invite arrive in the mail? Well, at the very least a pair of dress pants, a dress shirt, and a tie is a given. A sport coat shows you care about your appearance, so consider it, too. But, if the invitation requests you go formal -or- you would like to and know it’s OK, a Classic White Dinner Jacket with black pants and a black satin bow tie will insure you look good and are in style.

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You can’t go wrong with this timeless look – a Classic White Shawl Dinner Jacket with black trousers and a black satin bow tie. Plus, it’s a very affordable tuxedo rental and you can make it happen by visiting your nearest Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer’s Store

Attend Your Accessories – Your clothes are important, but some might say your accessories are just as important. For starters, keep your shoes clean. I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but you’d be surprised to know how many women look at your shoes as a sign of overall fashion sense. If you wear your dress shoes regularly, make general rules for yourself to shine your shoes once every other week or never put your shoes away unless they have trees inside.

The same can be said about your clothes. Don’t go out in wrinkly shirts and pants that have been worn multiple times between washes. Iron your clothes and hang them up properly. They belong in a closet and not draped over your exercise bike!

There are some accessories that allow men to show a little individuality, such as a watch. Try to avoid anything with too much ‘bling,’ but you don’t want to be wearing your childhood Batman watch either.

Also, don’t dismiss little things like a belt or cuff links. Little details go a long way in making an impression on someone.Whether you like it or not, you’re at an age where your looks make an impression on the people you meet, from potential employers to potential dates. Dress to impress! Make yourself look like a good product to buy. Hopefully this is not the first time you have heard it, but you will never get a second chance at a first impression.

Best wishes, and good luck in the real world!

Our New Gray Tuxedo Coming Late Summer 2013

ADDENDUM: The availability date of the Aspen and Dillon has been confirmed. The coats will be available for rental from your Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer for all events on August 24, 2013 or later!

Certainly the hottest tuxedo color for weddings and proms right now is gray. We are experiencing an overwhelming response to our existing gray tuxedo styles, the Savoy and the Steel Gray. Such a great response, in fact, that we are preparing to add a new gray tuxedo and suit to our rental line in the very near future!

Models Jay and Christina take a stroll in the rain as Jay shows off our new gray tuxedo, the Aspen. Notice how great the tux looks with a purple Windsor tie.

The tuxedo has been designed and so has a companion suit. The tux will be called the “Aspen” and the suit, the “Dillon.” A matching gray vest will also be available to accompany both. The shade of gray for the new tux and suit will fall comfortably between the lighter, heather gray of our Savoy and the darker shade of our Steel Gray tuxedos.

Are you thinking colorful accessories are going to look good with these gray coats? So are we. As we were preparing for the photo shoot, we saw a number of great color combinations come together. A wide variety of colors from our extensive fullback vest program will complement these gray styles nicely…

As you can see by the images posted here, our photo shoot for the new gray tux and gray suit has been completed. In fact, we accomplished a full day of shooting just this past week at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

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A colorful setting complements our new gray tuxedo, the Aspen.

No pun intended, but we had gray skies the whole day and a few bouts of rain to chase us indoors. Luckily, we had a colorful setting inside one of the garden’s temperate houses and we captured a number of great shots that will ultimately become catalog pages, posters and used for other marketing purposes.

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A model’s job is hard sometimes, isn’t it? Jay and Christina create an eye-catching photo for our new Gray Tuxedo, the Aspen…

The Aspen and the Dillon will be available for rental from our national network of retailers late Summer 2013! Keep visiting our website and our Facebook page for more announcements about these cool gray coats…

Herringbone Fullback Vests: Make Your Wedding Colorful!

Choosing the color palette for your wedding is a very important first step in the planning process. After all, the bridesmaid dress colors, the flowers, the decorations, the invitations and all the details match and are reflective of your color and theme. This, of course, also includes the tuxedo accessories worn by your groom and his gentlemen!

We understand. It’s a great experience to attend a beautiful, well-coordinated, well-planned wedding.  And it matters to us and to our nationwide network of retailers that you want those colors to coordinate. So, when it comes to selecting the most popular colors for our newest vest program, we are very careful to be aware of the hottest and trendiest colors.

Speaking of, our newest fullback vest program is Herringbone, developed under our private designer label, Stephen Geoffrey.

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Shown here in the color Malibu and with a bow tie, the Herringbone Fullback Vest Collection is the newest addition to our accessory lineup.

Our Herringbone Vest Collection is available in 22 carefully selected colors. Each fullback vest may be worn with one of three coordinating ties: a Bow Tie, a Solid Windsor Tie, and a Striped Windsor Tie.

One of the neatest features about Herringbone is the coordinating, colorful back of the vest. Love your color? Well, should your gentlemen decide to remove their jacket during the reception, they will look fantastic draped in your wedding’s color!

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All Herringbone Fullback Vests are tailored with a colorful, coordinating back which doubles the color!

Much emphasis is placed on the color accuracy of each vest. Brett Bircher, the National Director of Dealer Relations for Jim’s Formal Wear, spends countless hours with our vest manufacturer going back and forth on each swatch strike off. Swatches of the popular bridal (and prom) dress colors for the forthcoming season are gathered and comparisons are made. Our chosen manufacturer for the Herringbone Collection is Larr Brio and they are incredibly responsive to our requests.

Who benefits from all of this effort? Jim’s Formal Wear does because we add colors to our line that are chosen for popularity. A Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer benefits as well, because they can have offer the colors their customer is looking for. But ultimately, the group that benefits the most is the bridal couple, who is our main focus throughout the entire process. With Herringbone, you’re going to find a color for the gentlemen to tie your entire event together!

The Undeniable Popularity of our Camouflage Fullback Vest

I can still remember a corporate buying seminar from a few short years ago when our company decided to purchase and add a camouflage vest to our formalwear line. All of our management teams are involved in the decision making process and the seminar is a big event for us. At the time, it was easy to choose tuxedos and colorful vests to add to our lineup as we keep pretty good tabs on what our customers are asking for. However, some of us were hesitant to cast our votes for a camouflage vest.

We asked ourselves, “Is this look even considered formal? Does it belong with a tuxedo? Are people going to wear it?” Well, a few years later, we have now come to the conclusion we shouldn’t have hesitated at all because our camouflage vest has turned out to be very popular with our retailers and end-consumers!

Mossy Oak Camouflage Fullback Vest

The first camouflage vest added to our formalwear line was a forest green pattern which is available and shown here with a matching Windsor tie and pocket square.

At that seminar, we decided to offer a vest in a green camouflage pattern by Mossy Oak. It is available with a matching Windsor tie, bow tie and a coordinating pocket square.

How Wedding Couples Incorporate a Camo Vest into their Wedding Day
The vest became quite popular with wedding couples who were planning camouflage or hunting-themed weddings. We found some couples will rent a more traditional fullback vest pattern in a specific color to match their wedding’s theme and then also rent the camouflage fullback vest for the guys to wear to the evening’s reception.

And for proms and homecomings, the camouflage fullback vest is also popular. It’s worn by young gentleman who likely consider hunting as one of their hobbies and are looking for a very unique look for their prom tuxedo.

A Second Camouflage Vest is Added
Fast-forward to today and we have added a new camouflage fullback vest pattern in white, also with a matching Windsor tie or bow tie and a coordinating pocket square.

White Camouflage Fullback Vest and Ties by Jim's Formal Wear

New for Spring of 2013, a Camouflage Fullback Vest in white with a coordinating Windsor tie…

White Camouflage Fullback Vest by Jim's Formal Wear

…and a coordinating Bow Tie.

When a camouflage-themed wedding is being planned, we are expecting the white camo vest may be chosen for the groom while the green camo may be worn by the groomsmen. We’re anxious to see how creative our retailers and consumers get with this pair of unique vests…

The popularity of the camouflage vest in our accessory line reminds us of something very important: A wedding is a very personal event for a bride and groom and the attire worn during that day should reflect their personal tastes whether their attire is ultra-formal or not. It is our goal to have the tuxedos and accessories they want!

Award Season Stand Out’s

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Already this year, millions of viewers have tuned in to popular award shows to see who would win which prestigious awards, and more importantly what they would be wearing when doing so.

The ladies have undoubtedly stepped up to the challenge of representing the new 2013 trends and some men have stood out as well, freshinging up the classic tuxedo look with strategic use of accessories and/or color. 

Robert Downey Jr. and Justin Timberlake represent perfect examples of using accessories to turn traditional wear into statement outfits. Downey Jr. presented at the Oscars in an Armani black-on-black jersey tuxedo with a polka-dot pocket square and Oliver Peoples XXV-RX glasses. For this reason, his clever wit was not the only thing that made him stand out in the crowd.

Similarly, at the Grammys Timberlake chose a Tom Ford black-on-black pinstripe suit accessorized with a black and white pocket square, a funky bow tie and saddle shoe inspired kicks. Thus, both were able to successfully achieve fresh, red carpet looks that maintained the desired classic aura.

In contrast to many of the male attendees at the Grammys who chose to stick with basic black and white looks, both Daniel Day-Lewis and Samuel L. Jackson stood out thanks to their use of color. Lewis selected a beautifully cut Domenico Vacca midnight blue tuxedo that both accentuated his slim figure and made a major red carpet statement. Therefore, when he was honored with the prestigious title of first male to be awarded Best Actor three times, he came across gracious, witty and extremely well put together.

Jackson chose an Armani velvet red blazer with matching gray suit pants. While the bow tie he accessorized the look with was not necessarily a stand out piece, his decision to wear a bold color should be applauded.

While there were fewer stand-out males, the majority of the female attendees of both the Grammys and Oscars wore statement pieces, hopefully setting a trend for the year. Not only have a myriad of different cuts and colors been represented but lengths and overall styling techniques have also shown diversity.

Perhaps one of the most memorable Grammy moments includes Rihanna and her custom Azzedine Alaia gown. The dramatic red and carefully designed sheer overlay easily won her the Best Dressed title. Furthermore, Jane Fonda made clear that age does not diminish one’s ability to look effortlessly chic in her yellow Versace gown at the Oscars.

Thanks to all of those celebrities, male and female, who are making great statements at award shows so far this year. It will be exciting to see what the rest of the year holds for red carpet fashion.