How to Buy a Tuxedo: 13 Formalwear Tips from a Bespoke Tailor

Jake Mueser and Amber Doyle, tailors at bespoke suit-maker Against Nature, guide you through the process of buying a tux, whether you choose off-the-rack, made-to-measure, or custom-made.

A tuxedo is an investment—you're getting a uniform that will guide you through formal events for several years. Though seemingly simple (white shirt and black suit), the details can get complicated. Even if you choose to own several different tuxes, each individual look must follow a relatively strict formula for the outfit to work. And whether worn just once by a bridegroom or several nights a week by a man on the benefit circuit, tuxes are no longer a post-5 P.M. phenomenon.

Here, tips on how to find the best tux for you, plus a pricing guide and expert advice on choosing the right shirts, jackets, ties, and accessories, and how to clean your suit properly.

Photos: Slide 1 (clockwise from top left): Courtesy of Against Nature, Wikimedia Commons, Against Nature, Against Nature; Slides 2,10: Courtesy of J. Crew; Slides 3,8,9,13,14: Courtesy of Against Nature; Slides 4,5,11: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; Slide 6: Courtesy of Details, Wikimedia Commons; Slide 7: Courtesy of Details; Slide 12: Courtesy of Cutter and Tailor, Permanent Style
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