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.

Size depends on your proportions—to a degree

"At Against Nature, we favor slimmer, narrower lapels and collars that are proportional to the individual's body. So if a man has very broad shoulders, they're going to be slightly wider, and vice versa for a very narrow-shouldered guy. The same goes for accessories. Our silhouette tends to be slim with no pleats—just a clean garment working with very small and subtle details."

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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