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Tuxedo with Suit Pants?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hello fine gentlemen.

I'm in a bit of a predicament. I am in need of a black suit.

I was invited to a black tie wedding and started looking into a tuxedo (jacket and pants).

My question is if I were to buy a tuxedo, at a later date, can I wear the tuxedo jacket with matching black non-tuxedo pants as a black suit? Say, to a funeral?

Can I just get a regular black suit and wear that as a tuxedo (with all the accoutrements of a tuxedo) to the black tie wedding?

Any advice is appreciated!
post #2 of 11
You can do whatever you want, sugar.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Ok, allow me to re-phrase.

Does it look odd if I tried to pass of a black tuxedo jacket as a regular black jacket?

Does it look odd if I try to pass of a regular black jacket as a black tuxedo jacket?
post #4 of 11

Yes to both questions, at least if I was there.

It does, of course, depend on your audience: if the people around you do not care about clothes at all, perhaps they might not know that something is off with your choices.

post #5 of 11
Whilst you can do what you want, these ideas will make you look like a cheap fool.
post #6 of 11

While it is true that both are bad ideas and I would feel uncomfortable doing either, as WhereNext says, depends on the audience and ultimately what makes you feel comfortable in the setting. I would personally eat it and buy a Tuxedo knowing that you won't wear it often. I would not try to wear the tuxedo jacket as a blazer or suit jacket later though (especially at a funeral). If you don't want to buy the tuxedo, then the better of your two ideas is to buy the black suit and "dress it up" as majority of the audience probably won't know the difference between tuxedo and black suit. Then you could get a little more use out of it "dressed down" at funerals.  

post #7 of 11
When a wedding invitation states that the dress code is "black tie," what it means is "Wear a tuxedo if you own one, but don't feel the need to buy or rent one if you don't." Is the couple really going to throw you out of the ceremony or reception if you show up in a dark suit? If they would, they're not good friends and their wedding isn't worth attending. Skip the tuxedo and buy the suit (preferably charcoal instead of black).
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post

When a wedding invitation states that the dress code is "black tie," what it means is "Wear a tuxedo if you own one, but don't feel the need to buy or rent one if you don't." Is the couple really going to throw you out of the ceremony or reception if you show up in a dark suit? If they would, they're not good friends and their wedding isn't worth attending. Skip the tuxedo and buy the suit (preferably charcoal instead of black).

The wedding guests and the people hosting the wedding are definitely not uppity. The actual wedding invitation did say "Black tie optional" which I read as "we prefer you to wear black tie", but that is just my interpretation of it.

I already have a charcoal colored suit, as well as three other dark blue suits. It may sounds pretty horrid, but my grandmother and my wife's grandmother are getting really really old. I'd like to have a black suit ready for when they do kick the bucket. I just wasn't sure if it was frowned upon to dress up a standard black suit as a tuxedo (meaning, tuxedo shirt with turned down collar, black bow tie, extremely well polished black balmorals).

Again, thanks for any input! Ultimately the other wedding guests won't give a shit, so i guess I just answered my own question.
post #9 of 11

A tuxedo is really inappropriate for funerals. This is an outfit for good times. It might (generally) share a colour range with funeral outfits, but it's not otherwise the same at all. A tuxedo is not going to do double-duty for weddings and funerals.

post #10 of 11
"Black tie optional" is softer than "Black tie recommended." It sounds like "Wear a tuxedo if you like. Don't worry, other guests will be too, so you won't be mistaken for the help."

Wearing a black suit with the accoutrements of a tuxedo would look very, very odd. Better to wear a wear a crisp white dress shirt and a nice long tie with the black suit. Better yet not to wear a black suit at all, as it doesn't look good in natural light. I think a solid charcoal suit is perfectly acceptable for a funeral if the rest of the outfit is sober.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post

A tuxedo is really inappropriate for funerals. This is an outfit for good times. It might (generally) share a colour range with funeral outfits, but it's not otherwise the same at all. A tuxedo is not going to do double-duty for weddings and funerals.

Well, I wouldn't have worn the tuxedo jacket as a tuxedo with accompanying accoutrements at a funeral. I would have just tried to wear it as a regular black jacket with a white shirt and long tie, but there might be too much satin in a tuxedo jacket to pull that off, though.
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post


I think a solid charcoal suit is perfectly acceptable for a funeral if the rest of the outfit is sober.

This is good to know. I might just get the tuxedo for the wedding and wear my charcoal suit to the funerals.
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