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The Sizing Basics


No matter how nice your tuxedo looks on the hanger, you should also choose your formalwear for style and comfort. After all, you’ll be wearing your tux for anywhere from four to eight fun-filled hours, so above all else, you’ll want to make sure you feel comfortable and are able to move easily.

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Here are our tips for getting the most out of your formalwear look:

  • The jacket should fit comfortably at the neck and shoulders while also fastening easily. When you’re trying it on, try standing and sitting with it buttoned to ensure maximum comfort.
  • The shirt should fit comfortable at the neck, shoulders and waist. About ¼ inch to ½ inch of your shirt’s cuff should show below the jacket sleeve.
  • Vest buttons should line up with the front of your jacket, and the vest should button comfortably across your chest. The bottom should slightly overlap the waistband of your pants. Additionally, the waist usually adjusts with a slide strap for a good fit.
  • Your pants should button comfortably and feel good when you sit. Many styles have adjustable waistbands, or you can opt to wear suspenders. The hem should break just over the top of your shoes.
  • If you haven’t checked your shoe size in some time, have them measured by a professional. Remember that the best time to try on shoes is at the end of the day – if you’re feet swell at all, they’ll do it then. It’s definitely better for your shoes to be too roomy than too tight.
  • Always try on a tie before buying or renting one. As far as fit is concerned, it should fit snugly around your collar. And remember: no clip-ons!

Happy tux hunting!


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