This an interesting question on formal dressing involving tuxedoes and tux shirts from one of my readers. This is becoming a common question among many men. So it would be good to have a basic understanding about the trend of tux in this 21st century.

Question:

My question is related to a black tie wedding I’ll be attending in Venice, Italy. I really don’t want to wear the traditional tux/rental and was wondering of other possibilities.

I have seen many people skipping the traditional style and wearing what looks to be black suits with long, black ties etc… I have a nice black hugo boss suit.

Could I buy the tie and tux shirt and go with that or is the bride going to give me?

Answer:

Yes, traditionally you should be in a black tux with the cummerbands, black bow tie etc. However of late, there has been a modification of this look whereby:

The white shirt and black silk tie substitutes the tux shirt, black bow tie and cummerband.
the tux comes without tails but has the traditional satin lapels.
As a black tie affair is formal, a black suit will not be appropriate.

However, you may be able to get away with it provided the suit is well cut and its fabric has a sheen to it which suggests dressiness, for example 100% silk or silk + mohair.

Rather than a tux shirt, you can consider getting away with a cuffed white shirt which you can re-use for work. Also, you’ll need to get a good pair of patent black shoes which he can use again for formal events in the future.

Lastly, if you are the groomsman, then traditionally the bride and groom have the financial responsibility to provide you the tuxedo.

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