A tuxedo, however, requires a special occasion. The point of wearing a tuxedo isn’t just to dress up and look great. The message you are sending by wearing a tuxedo is that the moment is special
Here are some differences that make a tuxedo a more formal choice of attire:
- Color – Suits can be made from a lighter color fabric – they can also be made from a casual fabric. Black is a bold indicator of class and culture, hence most classic tuxedos are made in black or midnight blue. Classic colors for suits are versatile colors like navy blue or grey.
- Pockets – Flapped pockets on suits add fabric to the jacket, making it less sleek and dressy. This is why tuxedo jackets feature jetted pockets – making the whole appearance of the jacket more formal.
- Pocket Square – You could wear them in a wide variety of colors with a suit. With a tuxedo – you need to stick to a classic plain white.
- Shoes – Suits are worn with leather shoes that complement the suit’s texture. A tuxedo requires patent leather slippers.
- Jacket Lapel – Suit lapels are made from the same fabric as the jacket and are either in a notch or peaked style. Tuxedos are made with either a shawl or peaked lapel. The material of the lapel is either satin or a rougher weave grosgrain silk.
- Trousers – Tuxedo trousers feature a braid down the side of the leg that matches the jacket lapels.
- Shirt – Suits are worn with a casual or button-up dress shirt. They could be in solid colors or with a variety of patterns. Tuxedos are worn with solid white button-up shirts with studs.
- Neckwear – Suit shirts can be worn with ties, bowties or plain. Tuxedos are to be worn with bow ties and cummerbunds or waistcoats.