Finding the perfect outfit for the occasion is extremely important. Whether you’re going to a dance, a charity event, getting married, or wanting to make a great impression at work, it’s important that your outfit makes a statement and shows off your personality. At first glance it can be overwhelming trying to figure out the difference between a tuxedo and a suit. Also, when is the right time to wear either. In this blog, we want to break down the main differences between a suit and a tuxedo to help make your decision a little easier.

What are the most important characteristics?

  • Events: The biggest deciding factor is where you’ll be wearing the outfit. Suits are pretty universal. It’s more the accessories that make it work versus wedding attire. The term “black-tie affair” is meant for fancier suits or tuxedos.
  • Shirt Style: While is a traditional color, but it’s not a necessity when it comes to suits. Often it’s fun to mix and match shirt colors and patterns with neck or bowties. Tuxedos are always paired with a white shirt that has either a turndown collar or a wing collar.
  • Shoes: To match the color, tuxedos are paired with black patent shoes. Similar to the shirt and tie color, suits can be worn with a variety of shoes. It depends on the occasion, the color of the suit, and the personality of who is wearing it.
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  • Accessories: Traditional tuxedos include several accessories such as waistcoats, cummerbunds, suspenders, and a bowtie. Some people may not want to include all of these, however. More modern spins on them could include high-stance vests and long ties. Suits are a little easier to work. Again, it comes down to what is paired with it including if a vest is involved.