When To Wear?
Wearing a suit normally means you’re here for business. It’s
best worn to business dinners and other dressy, semi-formal events of that
nature. Wearing a suit to the office, is usually acceptable depending on where
you work. Here in Silicon Valley, most companies have a business casual
environment in the office. Be sure to investigate the company culture before
wearing a full suit to the office; you don’t want to dress better than your
boss. Tuxedos on the other hand, are mainly worn to formal celebratory events
like weddings, cocktail parties, galas, etc. Also, tuxedos can be worn to
extravagant dinner parties and special events. Company events may even call for
a tuxedo and not a suit. Make certain to
read the invitation closely for key words like “Formal, Black-Tie or
When it comes to weddings, some couples choose to be more
casual and go with suits for the wedding party. As wedding tend to be steeped
in tradition, the majority of couples still go with classic, elegant tuxedos. When
attending a wedding as a guest, is always
appropriate to wear a suit or something business casual (dressy trousers, a shirt with a
collar, leather closed toe shoes and a jacket.
Absolutely nothing “atheletic”).
What Will It Be Used For?
When purchasing a suit, if it will
be used for primarily for work, you may want to choose a more durable fabric
versus a higher thread count with softer, lighter fabric. Essentially, you’ll
want a suit that can will enhance your professional appearance and fit in with
your company’s culture. Wearing a powder blue or bright red colored suit to a
business meeting will not be appropriate in most cases. Navy suits have been
very popular recently as they can be used to look stylish at special events
while also suitable for business. If the reason behind buying a suit is
specifically for a wedding or party, then venture into higher fashion looks and
don’t be afraid of more ambitious colors or patterns that will make a statement.
If you’re in the wedding party, a tuxedo is usually more appropriate to wear
and chances are that the bride or groom has already preselected your attire.
When in doubt, you can always check with the bride and groom if you’re unsure whether
to wear a tuxedo or suit.
Wearing the proper suit or tuxedo to an event is the first
step to enjoying a successful occasion. Wearing the wrong attire to an
important event is like coming ill-prepared to a meeting: you stick out like a
sore thumb. This will never be the case after learning the major differences
between a tuxedo and suit. Now proceed to the event with your new found confidence
knowing you look damn good.