What fabrics and fit should I consider when purchasing a tuxedo?
Like suits, tuxedos are crafted in a wide range of fabrics. Black barathea is ideal for indoor and cold-weather occasions. Light worsted wool will keep you cooler in the summer months and is less likely to wrinkle. Opt for grosgrain lapels, as satin tends to snag and show age—especially after multiple cleanings. It is of the utmost importance to buy a tuxedo with a relatively loose, comfortable fit. Formal festivities often include abundant food and drink, usually followed by dancing—you won’t want to feel constricted. When being fitted, make sure your tailor leaves sufficient fabric in the seams to accommodate waistline expansion.