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Wedding tuxedo advice

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by wesleyt92, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. wesleyt92

    wesleyt92 Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Hey so I'm looking to make a wedding tuxedo. I don't want to do navy with black collar as that is very overdone at this point. One thing I was wondering is that I've never seen a black tuxedo with a dark dark navy collar. Has anyone ever seen this or have an opinion on how it would look?

    If not, doesn't anyone have any suggestions about how to make a black shawl collar tux be subtlety different? I was thinking about maybe some sort of black wool that has like a stretch to it or something, sort of like a lot of Neil Barrett suits have. Thanks!
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    Moscow, Idaho
    Don't do a blue lapel with a black jacket. It's just a poor idea. If you want to make it look a little more distinctive, maybe use something like a black mini-herringbone cloth, or something like that, and properly braided trousers with grosgrain lapels. For black tie, it's best to go with subtle rather than immediately eye-catching changes, especially for an occasion like a wedding.
  3. Arnianor

    Arnianor Member

    Apr 19, 2016
    As well, the shawl lapel is less formal than the more traditional peaked lapels. I had to chose between the two of them recently, and I think the best you can do it go to a RTW shop and try both on you. Despite the fact I really loved the look and feel of the shawl lapel, to me it felt a bit too laid back for something as important as my own wedding, which made the difference. If you haven't tried both options so far, I'd advised you to (moreover, a shawl kinda prevents you to have a boutonnière, as making a hole in it would ruin the continuity of the lapel). After, it's up to you to decide what you prefer for yourself.

    In addition to what LA Guy already suggested, depending on your budget, you could have it done in silk velvet, or go for midnight blue for the fabric, as it is way darker than navy.
  4. beachboytux

    beachboytux Member

    Jun 28, 2016
    South Florida

    Navy with black lapel definitely has had a good run. I work at a tuxedo shop in South Florida and that seems to be the big thing this year. If you're going to go the custom route,choose fabric that's not your typical wool. Go with maybe a shark skin to give it a bit of a flare. Something with a subtle grain would be nice. At the end of the day it's your wedding make the call based on what your fiance would enjoy seeing you in. At the same time you don't have to get a suit custom-made. In most cases you can buy off the rack and have it tailored to you. You save a significant amount going that route.and wouldn't have to sacrifice much as far as quality.
  5. Astaroth

    Astaroth Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2013
    Midnight blue and black lapel certainly is in fashion, which is a much richer colour than navy, but havent seen any navy ones outside of the budget rail in the UK.

    As others have said, you could look at a subtle surface texture like herringbone, sharkskin, nailhead etc or look at different fabrics such as a mohair or silk blend which will impact the drape and/or sheen. The tradition of all formalwear however is that the guy pretty much wears a basic uniform to act as a neutral canvas for his partner to shine against. Whilst there is a growing trend for men to become peacocks at the end of the day what you will remember about your wedding day isnt going to be the fabric your suit was made out of.
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