How to Wear a Blue Tuxedo — 5 Simple Rules
Master The Blue Tuxedo With Ease
A blue tuxedo is one of the most elegant, style-forward garments you can own, and for good reason. Blue tuxedos are just flat out handsome and even more so in a sea of black tuxedos. That’s why it’s a favorite amongst celebrity stylists dressing their clients for the red carpet. That’s not to say blue tuxedos are only for celebrities and the sartorial elite. And you don’t need wads of ‘Marvel-Movie-Lead-Actor’ money to acquire one yourself. The only thing you need to do? Make sure you learn how to wear it right.
It’s true, blue tuxedos look amazing, but only if you’re styling it correctly. Luckily, we’ve pulled together five easy rules to ensure you achieve your own red carpet-ready look.
5 Simple Rules to Wearing a Blue Tuxedo
1. Choose a Royal Blue or Midnight Blue Tuxedo
The first step towards wearing a blue tuxedo? Choosing the right shade. If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, a royal blue tuxedo is our top pick for you. As we said above, wear one of these as a wedding tuxedo and you won’t just be boldly going where no man has gone before, you’ll be in rarefied air.
If a royal blue tuxedo is too strong of a statement for you, it doesn’t mean you’re relegated to black. A midnight blue tuxedo is a fine choice for the man who wants to echo the inky blue tones of the night sky in his evening attire. Going this route will also be sure to turn heads, but this shade of blue tuxedo gives you a more classic look that may be more manageable for someone first dipping their toes into black-tie attire.
2. Don a Pair of Velvet Slippers
The lace-ups you might have worn for a cold New Year’s Eve can be swapped for some formal slippers when the weather permits.
The idea of wearing slippers and a tuxedo may sound silly but these are not some pair of fuzzy house slippers. We’re talking about the predecessor to the modern-day loafer: the formal velvet slipper. If you really want to pull off the irreverently stylish look that we encourage here at The Compass, try them in dark blue or black with a blue tuxedo and without socks.
3. Wear Your Blue Tuxedo With The Right Shirt
You’ve got your blue tuxedo, but one easy way to ruin your style is by choosing the wrong tuxedo shirt. Not sure what makes a tuxedo shirt different than a dress shirt? We have you covered with the different tuxedo shirt styles.
When you’re looking at your shirt options, for the traditionalist (think Downton Abbey look), a wing collar is probably in your closet. But if your look is a little more ‘downtown’ and less ‘Downton’, you’ll want a turndown collar (classic dress shirt collar) on the formal tuxedo shirts you wear with a tuxedo.
Even if your collar is non-descript, formal shirts should still be distinguishable from your everyday white dress shirts. To achieve this, important details like French cuffs are a must. The best tuxedo shirts include other small, but important nuances like hidden plackets so that your buttons don’t show, or stud-ready plackets that let you use tuxedo studs instead of buttons to keep your shirt closed.
4. Wear It With Suspenders
When rocking a blue tuxedo, like with any other tuxedo, you should not be wearing a belt – in fact, your tuxedo pants should not even have belt loops. Instead, shrug on a pair of stylish suspenders for bonus style points.
In addition, to give you one of the few ways to subtly add a splash of color to your overall look, the suspenders can also help hold up your pants (if they aren’t already perfectly fitting). Black suspenders are staid and a bit unimaginative. White ones are sublimely simple on a white formal shirt. But for a dose of standout style, go bold with some suspenders with color and pattern, a design that fits with your blue tuxedo without clashing ideally. The suspenders pictured above come with a soft paisley pattern and a hue that pairs excellently with your blue tuxedo. Why does that matter you ask? Well, you’re likely not going to wear your blue tuxedo jacket all night, and if you choose to pop it off (say when you’re dancing up a storm during your buddy’s wedding reception), your suspenders will be exposed and can keep you looking stylish all night long.
Need help? We’ve written about how to wear suspenders, too.
5. Separate Your Blue Tuxedo
Our last bit of advice is for those that wish to create an even more dynamic look. Remember that dinner jackets and pants don’t need to match when you’re going black tie. If you’re looking to tame the stuffiness of a black-tie look but don’t want to go as far as a full Royal Blue tuxedo, try just the jacket with a pair of black formal pants (either black tuxedo pants or just a pair of black dress pants sans belt). Does this outfit play by black tie rules? Yes. Does it make you look like a guy who always plays it by the book? Not a chance.
Wear Your Blue Tuxedo With Confidence
Now that you know the five essential elements of pulling off the black-tie look with blue, it’s time to put it all into action. Got a black-tie event coming up? You can get all of the products you saw in this story by clicking on the photos above. And if you’d like some help putting it all together, just ask in the comments below.
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