Taking on Tradition – A Twist on the Classic Tuxedo

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Rules are made for breaking and this is especially the case when it comes to the modern world of menswear. This has become even truer with creative weddings becoming more and more trendy. As custom becomes the “it” word in 2019 fashion, all you need to do is walk down the street to find unique looks, quirks and eye-catching outfits that accommodate the fashion palette of those who wish to create their own spin on style.

The traditional and timeless tuxedo, however, has always been one of those outfits for which it has been harder to break through the mould. With the standard look being a black canvas, a white shirt, and of course, satin lapels, a room full of tuxedos can often mean that it’s difficult to stand out in a wedding group – and show off your true style.

At InStitchu, individuality is the key to successful styling, and we love a challenge, especially in the name of taking on tradition. In our showrooms, we have met brave men who are beginning to mix in some subtle patterns, some new-age colours and fabrics with a twist. Below are a few pointers on what you can change, and what to keep when constructing and creating the tuxedo to make you, you.

A Twist on the Canvas

Tuxedos are generally black, navy or a midnight blue – this is what tradition and the time of the tuxedo has taught us so far. You will find in 2019 that men are venturing out to brighter colours. From orange to green to brown, mixing up the canvas is the boldest move when twisting up the classic tuxedo. For those who wish to edge into the waters instead of diving straight in, feel free to keep to dark tones, and instead opt into subtle patterns of the same shade, such as paisley or houndstooth.

Adapting to your Surroundings

With its beautiful construction and the way it exudes timeless class, the tuxedo is a garment that deserves to be shown. And it is now venturing outside to outdoor weddings, when traditionally, these suits have been worn inside. The trick is to switch and swap around – when wearing the tuxedo in a not-so-black tie wedding setting, feel free to wear the jacket with flannel trousers, opt for a velvet smoking jacket, or switch up the shirt (if you are in a much more casual setting) by wearing a once that is not the traditional white.

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Keep the Fit

Something that we cannot begin to emphasise enough (the thing that we are extremely passionate about at InStitchu): you need a tuxedo with the perfect fit. The tuxedo is a garment that boasts sharp construction and when worn correctly, there is almost no other garment more flattering on a man – James Bond didn’t attract all his female friends by wearing a tweed jacket. For a tuxedo that is flattering, impressive and makes you feel your best, ensure that you go custom and tailored rather than off the rack. There are a variety of cuts and lapel types to go for, however for larger men, we recommend a single-breasted jacket, and for slimmer men, we recommend double-breasted jackets which will accentuate the shoulders and a cut that cinches in towards the waist area. A peak lapel is the most traditional option and is flattering for most body types, especially shorter men.

At InStitchu, we have designed suits with linings of cocktail glasses and circus clowns, we love to break away from the traditional silk tie, and each suit we create is different according to each man’s body type. Customisation and breaking away from tradition go hand in hand. With weddings around the year, there is no better time to take on tradition and spruce up your own version of the tuxedo; do keep the satin lapel (this is the backbone of the tuxedo), but play around with the rest, and you may find yourself best dressed.


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