As a woman, I don't have a great deal of knowledge about menswear. All I knew is that I want Adam to look like this on our wedding day.
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The first thing I found out is that Adam really shouldn't wear a tuxedo at all since we're getting married during the day. Proper formal attire for an afternoon wedding would be a morning suit (which neither of us care for) or a stroller suit (which is nearly impossible to find in 2011). Because we're having a relatively formal wedding and the reception is taking place in the evening, Adam has decided he ought to wear a tuxedo.
Even though I love rules, etiquette, and Miss Manners, I conceded.
I found a great menswear blog, Put This On, that listed the requirements for classic black tie.
- black or midnight blue
- single-breasted, single-button jacket
- peak lapels
- grosgrain facing
- pleated pants with no cuff
- bow tie
- shirt with a detachable wing collar, French cuffs and a pique bib
- opera pumps with black silk hose
These are two things that Adam wanted.
He reasoned that he didn't know how to tie a bow tie and that he would look silly. I said he could learn how to tie a bow tie and should because it's a skill every grown man should have. Plus, the bow tie is what makes a tuxedo a tuxedo. With a long tie, it just looks like a black suit. Once he tried on a bow tie, he decided he liked it. Advantage: Molly.
He, however, decided he preferred the notch lapel to a peak lapel. What's that you say? How could someone who knew nothing about menswear 10 minutes ago suddenly have such a strong opinion about lapel shape? Is there really a difference between the two?
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We have yet to reach a final decision. Macy's only carried a few styles of tuxedos. We also checked out Joseph A. Banks, which only carried 2 styles, neither of which were to our liking. Who knew it would be so hard to find a variety of tuxedos to try on? In a dream world, our budget would allow for a trip to London for a bespoke tuxedo sewn on Savile Row, but unfortunately, off-the-rack will have to do.