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.

Wear a cummerbund the right way

"Cummerbunds went out of fashion and, like all things that go out, they came back in. There are ways to make a cummerbund work well, but it can't be that huge traditional sash."

"We make them sleeker and with smaller proportions so they look really sharp. When it's slimmer, it creates a longer silhouette and brings your waist up. We like to use the same satin in the sides of the pants and lapels and a slightly wider waistband in that same satin—with no buttons or details, so it's very smooth and gives just the idea of a cummerbund."

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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