There will come a point in every man’s life where they’ll receive an invitation to an event that has a “black tie” dress code. That means you’ll need to don a tuxedo. But what exactly constitutes a tuxedo? If your idea of a tux is your daily black suit coupled with a black tie, that’s where you’re wrong. The particular style of formalwear is more than just putting together basic wardrobe-essentials.
A tuxedo has many moving pieces that come together to make you look dapper. There’s some wiggle room to flex your sartorial know-how on the occasion, like if you want a zebra-jacquard dinner jacket instead of the traditional black. Otherwise, the anatomy of a tuxedo is pretty cut and dry, just like a uniform.
Here, we break down all you need to know about a tuxedo and its parts from top to bottom.