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Achieve a tuxedo’s perfect style and fit with these easy-to-follow tips.
Shirt collar should comfortably hug the neck with 1 inch of playroom. • Allow enough tension to fasten the necktie, but not so tight it buckles the shirt. • Jacket needs to fall at the natural shoulder, fitting smoothly across the back without pulling or gaping. • Tighten the vest so it drapes nicely and covers the waistband of the trousers. • The sleeve of a man’s tuxedo jacket should fall at the wrist bone. • Have shirtsleeves extend at least a half-inch beyond the sleeve of the tuxedo jacket. • Tuxedo pants’ adjustable waistlines should be equal on both sides so pants lie flat and straight. • Appropriate pant length has a single break above the top of the shoe and just covers the laces. • Socks ought to be calf-length. You don’t want to see skin when you sit or cross your legs. • Patent leather shoes are the standard.