You’ve decided black tie for your wedding and want to complete the look with the perfect tuxedo shirt. Below we’ll outline the various details and style choices to help you look your very best.
I mean you could technically go wild and change it up but why rock the boat?
The most formal choice for a tuxedo shirt- pique front shirts are timeless. You'll want to go with French cuffs and a nice set of studs with this style. The pique front looks best with a peak or shawl lapel jacket.
Distinctive yet conservative, the pleated front is a traditional tuxedo shirt style and can work in just about any formalwear setting, though you’ll still need to pair it with a bow tie. It’s slightly less formal than a pique front and looks great with a shawl collar or notch lapel tuxedo.
A standard front is on the less formal end of the tuxedo shirt spectrum, it can be worn easily with or without French cuffs, and the standard front’s clean look gives it a modern appeal that is a great choice with a contemporary slim lapel jacket. If you prefer wearing a straight tie to a bow tie at your wedding, this is your best bet.
To Bib or not to Bib?
The bib option for our pique and pleated tux fronts are based on preference. If you’re wearing a three piece with a vest the bib is often chosen to create a stiffer top part of the shirt. On the other hand, if wearing a two piece tuxedo with a cummerbund, the full front option will keep the entire front stiff and free from wrinkles.
As mentioned in the shirt front section, only go for a covered placket when pairing it with a less formal standard front. Otherwise a standard placket is your traditional option and the french placket a bit more minimalist.
A spread collar on a tuxedo shirt is a nice modern and versatile choice. However, if you want to go ultra-fancy, a traditional wing/tux collar will maximize formality, as it’s the only collar designed to display your bow tie in its full magnificence.
Formal events require French cuffs. Square and rounded French cuffs are both appropriate. They are equally formal so choose whichever style suits you best. Save the barrel cuffs for your weekly business or casual looks.
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