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Tuxedo inspiration for your black tie events

If there is one piece of menswear that embodies elegance and sophistication it has to be the Tuxedo. Whether you are attending a black-tie event, lavish wedding or glamourous Gala the tuxedo allows you to be the sartorial knight in shining armour.

Hollywood glamour

Bring a bit of the essence of old Hollywood glamour, the clinking of champagne glasses in a dimly lit room filled with well-dressed ladies and gentlemen. Inspirational icons such as Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra are a good place to start when looking for this kind of sophisticated elegance.

With this inspiration, you are looking at the traditional style of a black tuxedo, peak lapels, crisp white shirt, black bow tie paired with black shoes and a pocket square. It’s a timeless combination that will turn heads and transport you back to the golden age.


You can’t think about Tuxedos without talking about James Bond with his debonair elegance. This inspiration will bring you to a sleek and slim-fitting tuxedo generally in black but you could add a modern twist on it and look at midnight blues or charcoal grey.

To add a touch of modernity opt for a shawl lapel with either a black tie or bow tie.

Picture yourself looking effortlessly cool with a martini in hand (shaken not stirred)

Modern Twist

For someone who wants a bit more of a fashion-inspired tuxedo with sharp edges and unconventional inspiration then bespoke would be the best option for you as you might not find something that suits your taste off the rack.

With this bespoke option, you can discuss with your tailor the shapes and styles you would like and add your own twist on the classic.

This also gives you more to play with not just with shape but also with colours and fabrics, You could look at a green velvet or embroidered black. It’s got endless options

Modern minimalism

Sometimes less is more and this is a good way to look at tuxedos, it’s easy to look good in the classic so why mess with it? If you do want a little extra something we might recommend having a feature lapel with a contrasting colour, fabric or shape. For example. Silk lapel in contrast with a matt colour on the rest of the jacket.

These are little details that are simple but leave a big impact.

The best thing to do when thinking about a tuxedo is to look at plenty of inspiration and work out what you want and if it’s something that you will wear again to other occasions.

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