Mens formal wear weddings

Men’s formal wear

The groom and groomsmen attire should be tied into the formality of the wedding, as well as the time of day and season. A casual, garden wedding at high noon in mid-August may not be the best setting for a black wool tuxedo. A navy, lightweight blazer and linen slacks would be more appropriate, both for fashion and comfort.
Ascot: Also referred to as a cravat; double-knot tie with wide ends that fold over the chest and is fastened with a stickpin. Usually worn with a winged-collar tuxedo shirt and a cutaway or morning coat; this look is most appropriate for a very formal morning wedding.
Bow Tie: The bow tie is usually worn with tuxedos and dinner jackets. Hand-tied bow ties look the best, but many come pre-tied with a matching length that encircles the neck. The bow tie should match the vest and/or cummerbund. These accessories are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
Four-In-Hand Tie: A standard business tie, sometimes made of a more formal fabric. It is tied fuller than a regular tie, with a crease or dimple under the knot. It is used to accessorize the director’s or a regular suit.
Braces: Another term for suspenders; worn to hold up trousers and are often decorative.
Button Cover: A circular ornament that resembles a cufflink, worn over the top button on a mandarin-collar shirt. It can be worn with no tie or with a band tie.
Cutaway Or Morning Coat: Worn by the groom for a very formal morning wedding and reception, this jacket has one button and is cut so as to gradually curve back to the tails. The jackets are usually black or gray, and are worn with a winged-collared shirt, ascot and striped trousers. Groomsmen are normally attired in strollers when the groom wears a cutaway.
Stroller: Worn by the groom and/or groomsmen. Also referred to as a “morning suit,” this mid-thigh-length coat has a single-button closure and is cut at an angle in front-from button to side seam-to expose the trousers. It can be obtained in black or gray and is worn with a winged-collar shirt, striped ascot, gray vest and contrasting pants-usually striped.
Dinner Jacket: This term denotes a jacket that does not match the pants, such as a white or ivory tuxedo jacket. It is often used interchangeably with “tuxedo jacket” to describe a formal jacket with either notched or shawl collar; can be either single or double breasted. This look works well for summer weddings or events in warmer weather, and is a good alternative to the normal black tux for either an afternoon or evening wedding. Pair this jacket with black “tux” trousers with a side satin stripe and a white shirt and bow tie. The groom can wear a white dinner jacket even if his groomsmen are in black tuxedos.
Director’s Suit: Worn specifically for a daytime wedding and reception, this ensemble is composed of a dark gray suit jacket-similar to a business suit jacket, a turned-down-collar shirt, a four-in hand tie, a pale gray vest and gray/black striped trousers.
Four-In-Hand Tie: A standard business tie, sometimes made of a more formal fabric. It is tied fuller than a regular tie, with a crease or dimple under the knot. It is used to accessorize the director’s or a regular suit.
Band Tie: A modern alternative resembles a band of fabric worn on a stand-up collar shirt, with a stud or button is placed in the center.
Full Dress: See Tails.
Laydown-Collar Shirt: A standard dress (business) shirt, accessorized with a four-in-hand tie. Though less formal than a winged-collar shirt it can be worn with a tuxedo.
Tailcoat: Worn only for full dress or white tie, this extremely formal jacket is cut just below the waist in front, with knee-length “tails” in the back. A tailcoat is never closed in front, therefore the buttons on both sides are non-functional. The hem descends into points at the front opening.
Spencer Jacket: Yet another type of tuxedo jacket, ending at the waist. The front of the jacket can be open or buttoned, forming two points. Sometimes seen when kilts are worn as formalwear.
Studs: The removable jewelry that serves as the buttons on a formal shirt.
Tails: The ultimate formal attire-to be worn only after 6 p. m. This ensemble features a winged-collar tuxedo shirt, ascot or bow tie, vest, tuxedo trousers, and tailcoat. The full-dress ensemble comes in black, midnight blue, gray or all white, with a white shirt and matching accessories.
Tuxedo: Single – or double-breasted, this formal suit has a satin shawl or notched lapels. Matching pants sport a satin stripe down the pant legs. Tailored in silk, mohair, wool or blend, in black, gray, ivory or white, tuxedos come in a range of styles sure to suit any taste. Usually worn after 6 p. m., but can be worn at a formal wedding anytime after noon.
Vest: Also referred to as a waistcoat, this optional accessory comes in single – or double-breasted styles and can be worn with nearly any tuxedo ensemble. With the open back vest, a band goes around the neck and another is fastened across the back. It usually matches the bow tie and/or cummerbund, and like those accessories, comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. Tails, strollers, white-tie and director’s suits require a different style of vest.
White-Tie: Worn only to the most formal evening weddings, this ensemble consists of a black tailcoat and black tuxedo trousers with a white bow tie, winged-collar tuxedo shirt and white vest.
Winged-Collar Shirt: A traditional tuxedo shirt featuring a stand-up collar with ends that fold over to create “wings”; most commonly accessorized with a bow tie or with an ascot.

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