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GLOSSARY OF TERMS...

FORMALWEAR

Cutaway or Traditional Styles: For formal daytime weddings, the groom wears the cutaway / morning coat, which tapers from the front waist button to a long, wide back tail. The cutaway jacket is either black or grey and is worn with matching striped trousers.

 

 


Stroller coat: This semiformal jacket is cut like a tuxedo. Usually charcoal gray or black and typically worn in the daytime.  This coat is also used as a companion coat to the cutaway.

 

 


Dinner Jacket: A white or ivory shawl lapel jacket with black formal trousers is an ideal option in Spring and Summer months or year-round in warmer climates.

 

 


 

Tuxedo: A tuxedo is a single or double breasted jacket with matching trousers for formal or semi-formal evening events.

 


 

 


White Tie:
This is a classic choice for an ultra formal evening event. The tailcoat jacket is short in front with two long black tails. A white pique wing collar shirt, vest and tie are also worn.

 

 



Cocktail Attire: This jacket is appropriate for semi-formal events where black tie is not required.


 

 

 

 

Lapels

Tuxedo jackets come with three basic lapel styles. Some are more flattering to certain body types. Choosing the lapel that is right for you is a matter of taste.

Notch: A triangle indention is cut where the lapel joins the collar. This is the least formal lapel style.



 

 

 

Peak: A broad V-shaped lapel that points up and out just below the collar line is called a peak.





 

Shawl: A shawl is a smooth, rounded lapel with no notch, the most original and formal lapel style.




 

Shirts

The main difference between shirt styles is in the collar.

Wing Collar: The wing collar is similar to the band collar but the two turned down points in front give the appearance of a spread collar. This is the most formal choice and the collar style most often worn with tuxedo jackets.

 

 


Spread Collar: The spread collar is similar to a man's standard button front shirt because it folds over and around the neck with a wide division between points in front. The wider collar makes it a good choice with a Euro tie or a standard necktie tied Windsor style.


Sleeves: As for sleeve cuffs, you have a few options: standard dress-shirt cuffs held together with cuff links; French cuffs, which are folded over and closed with cuff links; and cuffs that close with a button. The choice is yours, but, in general, formal shirts call for cuff links.

 

 


Accessories

Ascot: A wide necktie that is looped over and held in place beneath the chin with a tie tack or stick pin is labeled an ascot and is usually reserved for ultra-formal daytime weddings and worn with a cutaway coat and striped gray trousers.


 

Bolo tie: If you are having a Western-themed wedding, this stringy tie is for you. However, if your bride has other visions in her head, think again before breaking out your turquoise-studded bolo tie for the wedding, and go instead for something more classic.  A western bowtie is also a good choice and would be more formal.

Bow Tie: A short tie shaped like a bow that can be worn with a wing or spread collar. A bow tie adjusts to fit any neck size and is probably the thing to wear with a classic tux. Bow ties come in several colors besides basic black; white is usually reserved for super-formal events and worn with tail coats, while colored bow ties are suitable for any occasion. You can match the wedding colors, but basic black is far classier, so think twice before ordering that fuchsia tie.

Cuff Links:  These little babies can make or break an outfit. If you want style, try an inset color other than black. If simple elegance is your style, stick with black cuff links outlined in gold or silver. Who knows? Maybe your bride will give you a set as a gift on your big day.

 

Cummerbunds: A silk or satin sash as an alternative to a vest, to be worn at the waist and covering the waistband, the cummerbund should be worn with the pleats facing upward. It is usually basic black, but you can choose from colored cummerbunds to match the bridesmaid dresses or the wedding colors.

 

Euro Tie: This is a hybrid between an ascot tie and a regular, run-of-the-mill necktie. A long knotted square bottom neck tie worn with a wing or spread collar shirt, the Euro Tie offers a more formal look that is not as all-out as an ascot.





 

Necktie: Also called four-in-hands, neckties are perfect for more casual -- yet still elegant -- wedding looks.



 

Pocket Square: A small pocket handkerchief tucked into the left breast pocket worn by groomsmen instead of a boutonniere,  the pocket square is generally made of silk, linen, or another fine fabric and comes in solid colors or prints to coordinate with the tie, vest or cummerbund.


Studs:
  Studs are jewelry similar to cuff links that are used to close the front of a tuxedo shirt.  They add a very formal and completed look for any tuxedo shirt.
 

Suspenders: Also referred to as braces, suspenders can be worn under a vest or with a cummerbund in a coordinating color or pattern.



 

Vest or Waistcoat: For an ultra-formal evening wedding, clad yourself in a white tie and vest/waistcoat, or choose a colored vest/waistcoat instead of a cummerbund. Vests/Waistcoats let men in the wedding party lend a bit of personality to their looks.  They come in a full back, half back and open back.

 

TROUSERS

If you choose a formal tuxedo, your trousers (or kilt in some cases) should match your jacket in style and color. Formal trousers will have a satin strip down the outside of each leg.  If you'll be in a formal daytime wedding and will wear a stroller coat or cutaway coat, wear gray or gray pinstriped trousers.


 

KILTS

A couple of centuries ago, only a Scottish man would wear a kilt to his own wedding.

Now, kilts are a popular item of formal attire.

The kilt is a really flexible outfit and can be formal or informal and traditional or modern. The pattern of the kilt and the choice of jacket, shoes, and socks can make a real fashion statement.

The pattern of a tartan is often linked with a Scottish surname, but tartans have been designed for cities and businesses, too. Some surnames have more than one pattern linked with them in different colors.  If you do not have a connection with a Scottish name, you can still wear whichever tartan you like.