Here's Your Guide on the Differences Between Tuxedos and Suits

Tuxedo or suit for wedding?

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Tuxedos are the most sophisticated level men’s wear, only worn are special occasions. Unlike suits, they can't be worn for business or other occasions. You might be wondering, what should I wear to my wedding?

Well, it depends on time and place. Tuxedos must be worn at night time, usually to every formal events or weddings. However, you can’t wear your tuxedo to a daytime or beach wedding.  Tuxedos have a very strict dress code and can’t be worn down like suits. It’s completely optional on which you prefer to wear, but if you're having a nighttime wedding go for a classy tuxedo. Here are the main differences you should know between the wedding suits:

1.  Tie vs bow-tie 

The first physical difference you’ll notice is the ties. In regular suits, a traditional tie is worn, in tuxedos its a bow-tie. Tuxedos are never worn with regular ties and this should be the first tell-all difference. 

2. Buttons 

In regular suits, suit buttons are used which are typically matte buttons. However, in tuxedos satin buttons are used since its only worn for special occasions. Also, note that tuxedos traditionally have less buttons than suits. A classic tuxedo has one where a regular suit can have up to three. 

3. Fabric

Tuxedos feature satin, a fabric that is rarely used in regular men’s suits. When you compare the two, satin is found in the buttons, lapel, and stripe down the leg on the trousers. Classic suits stick to linen and more comfort based wearing fabric for practical use. 

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4. Lapels

Besides the obvious cut and style differences, tuxedos are famous for their shiny satin lapels down the chest. This gives the tux a more sophisticated night time appropriate look. Where suits are more daytime fitted since they don’t have satin at all.  

5. Shirts

While a suit can work with any formal shirt of any color and pattern, tuxedo shirts must always be white, but black can be worn in certain exceptions. They also have a wingtip collar to make the bowtie stick out more. Finally, they have must have French cuffs, because tuxedos are always worn with cufflinks. 

Tuxedos are the most sophisticated level men’s wear, only worn are special occasions. Unlike suits, they can't be worn for business or other occasions. You might be wondering, what should I wear to my wedding?

Well, it depends on time and place. Tuxedos must be worn at night time, usually to every formal events or weddings. However, you can’t wear your tuxedo to a daytime or beach wedding.  Tuxedos have a very strict dress code and can’t be worn down like suits. It’s completely optional on which you prefer to wear, but if you're having a nighttime wedding go for a classy tuxedo. Here are the main differences you should know between the wedding suits:

1.  Tie vs bow-tie