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What is a Tuxedo?


Elevating Men’s Formalwear: The Tuxedo

A tuxedo is the epitome of men’s formalwear, exuding elegance, glamor, and sophistication. It is a valuable addition to one’s collection of evening wear and formal attire, especially for someone who attends black-tie events or elevated parties. Having a tuxedo may not seem to be a necessity for everyone, but every man should have at least one nice tuxedo in his wardrobe should the special occasion strike. Continue reading on to discover how to wear a tuxedo and the incredible new tuxedo offered in our shop.  

What is a Tuxedo?

A tuxedo is a formal evening suit that is more elevated than the standard two piece suit. Tuxedos have been around since the 19th century, and in modern day, the tuxedo is the most elevated of men’s evening wear.

In comparison to a formal suit, a tuxedo is traditionally distinguished by satin or grosgrain facings on the jacket's lapels and buttons, as well as a similar stripe along the outseam of the trousers. Tuxedos are constructed from high quality fabrics, the most popular being wool for its tailoring properties. Tuxedos are usually made in darker colors, such as pure black and dark navy, perfectly suited for “black-tie” events.

Where To Wear A Tuxedo?

You should wear a tuxedo when you are dressing to impress at a high degree of formality. A tuxedo provides an ultra-polished and refined look for various occasions, and it is a more formal option compared to a normal suit. If you’re dressing for a black-tie event, a tuxedo is your best go-to ensemble. Other types of elevated events and parties may require a tuxedo, such as weddings, galas, black-tie events, and even a vacation or trip to Vegas. If you are on the fence about investing in a tuxedo, consider if you anticipate going to at least one formal event per year—if so, it is undoubtedly worth having a tuxedo in your wardrobe.

How to Wear A Tuxedo?

The fit of a tuxedo is incredibly important. You will want to ensure it is not too tight or too oversized and the sleeves are the proper length. Similarly, you will want to ensure the pants are tailored to the proper length for your height. Having the right fit will make your tuxedo look even more expensive and elevated.

You can style your ensemble with different types of shirts and formal accessories. For example, you could pair your white shirt with a fashionable bow tie, plus tuxedo studs. Experiment with your style and choose what makes you feel confident and look your best.

A tuxedo can also be versatile for various formal occasions. You can mix and match pieces of the tuxedo, such as wearing the jacket with different trousers, to create various looks depending on the event.

Off-The-Rack Tuxedo at Q. Contrary 

If you find yourself in a pinch and need a tuxedo quickly for a special event or party, we are offering an exceptional off-the-rack tuxedo. This is the perfect option if you do not have time to wait for a full made-to-order ensemble. This tuxedo features the finest quality wool by Scabal, a cloth house that makes some of the most luxurious fabrics. The lightweight natural fabrication makes it the perfect tux for year-round wear. This tuxedo has real silk on the pockets, buttons, lapel, and trouser braid, creating a classic tuxedo style. The jacket design features a peak lapel, 1 button front, 2 double piped pockets, and 2 back vents. The matching trouser is traditional yet chic. You are guaranteed to exude elegance and sophistication with this tuxedo. 

Visit the Q. Contrary Shop in Phoenix or send us a message to further inquire about our off-the-rack tuxedo. From sizing to styling, we will help advise every step of the way to ensure your tuxedo is the perfect one for you!

Q. Contrary

3168 East Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85016



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