A suit allows for a certain amount of variety - it can be casual, semi-casual, or even formal. A suit can be worn with dress pants or jeans, leather shoes or runners. You can wear a coloured or patterened button-up shirt under the jacket and a tie isn't required. But what about a tuxedo? They've evolved from classic black and white to incorporate modern trends, but there are still certain necessary components to the tuxedo that you may see as limiting your style.
We have good news! That's not the case. There are lots of different accessories that allow you show of your personality. We've compiled a brief list of these elements below.
1. CUFF LINKS
What? Cuff links? Yes, cuff links! Get your favourite sports team, your favourite colour, an interesting pattern, and even script. Pranga & Co is new on the scene – and sold at Collins! They offer patent-pending interchangeable cuff links allowing you to express your style in a similar fashion as a Pandora bracelet can be customized with charms. The Anker – the customizable piece - of the cuff link uses natural elements and nature-inspired designs made from semi-precious stones – jade, granite, marble, wood, glass, and porcelain.
2. BOW TIE or NECK TIE
Choosing a bow tie or neck tie is, in itself, a form of showing your style. Traditionally, a black self-tied(as opposed to clip on) bow tie is worn with a tux but as the tuxedo takes on a more modern look, straying from black to colours and even to a neck tie, has become acceptable. If you opt for colour or pattern on your neck garment, make sure the vest, cummerbund, and pocket square match up!
Socks are fun, subtle way to stand out. There are plenty of eccentric pattern socks to match up (or clash-up) with your tux. The men at your event can coordinate through un-coordination. However, if it’s a black-tie affair, wear with caution. There is no consensus as to if it’s “acceptable” to accent your tux with funky socks in this scenario, though some people have strong opinions against it. It really depends on the circumstances of the event, so use your discretion.
4. FACIAL HAIR
To beard or not to beard. The jist of it is, it’s up to you. If you always have one, shave it to really accent the importance of the event, or take it as an opportunity to style it in a different way. Just make sure your hair - and beard, or 'stache – are neatly groomed. If that sounds like too much work, clean shaven might be the route for you! Check out this article by GQ on the best men's black tie hair styles.
There you have it. Four fun, easy ways to add flare and personality to your tuxedo. Get creative, mix and match different elements but keep it coordinated and keep it clean. Remember, a tuxedo should be worn at special occasions where you need the extra pizzazz a suit just doesn't have!
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