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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.

Stay classic, but experiment

"With formalwear, you want to stay traditional but still step out of your comfort zone and try something new without going completely off the rails. Forget the black suit with black tie. Try a shawl-collar lapel instead of the typical peak lapel. Keep in mind that you wear tuxes to events where you're around a lot of the same people in the same social circle. This is especially true for weddings, so wear something that you can change up a little."

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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