A Formal Education
- Tuxedo Anatomy 101 - Tuxedo Terminology
Full Dress Tail Coat
|Peak Lapel: A pointed or projecting lapel. Considered
by many to be the only true lapel for a tuxedo.
Notch Lapel: A "V"-shaped indentation in the
side of the lapel. Currently, tuxedos with notch lapels are the
most popular variety of tuxedo.
Shawl Lapel: A turned-over collar of a garment that combines
with lapels forming an unbroken curving line.
Single Breasted Closure: The jacket has one column of
one to four closure button(s) lined up vertically. Today, the
most popular tuxedos have one or two buttons.
Double Breasted Closure: The jacket has two columns of one
to three closure buttons lined up vertically.
Vent: A slit in a garment; specifically : an opening in the
lower part of a seam. Today's tuxedos are generally either single
vented or non vented.
Besom Pocket: One or two thin fabric or satin strips framing
the pocket opening.
Flap Pocket: A flap of fabric covers the pocket opening.
Full Dress Tail Coat: Full Evening Dress Coat for Men.
Non-buttoning long coat with satin lapels. Short waist length
cut in front with a long tail in back which falls to the back
of the knee.
Cutaway: (not pictured) also known as a Morning suit.
Buttoning long coat with no satin on it's lapel. A coat with
skirts tapering from the front waistline to form tails at the
back of the knee. Generally black or grey in color and worn with
hickory striped trousers, heather grey vest and ascot tie.
Stroller: (not pictured) regular suit length variation
of the morning suit theme. (see cutaway).
An Introduction to
Lay Down Collar
|Wing Collar: Shirt collar stands up on neck and
has angled wing like tabs.
Lay Down Collar: Also known as LDC. Fold over shirt collar.
The same as a standard dress shirt. A spread collar is a variation
of a lay down collar.
Band Collar: (not pictured) Collar stands straight up
on neck, has no tabs and does not fold over. Often worn with
collar button covers.
Pleated Front: Ribs or pleats running vertically on each
side of the buttons on the front placket or panel of shirt.
Pique: Waffle textured fabric.
Formal Tie Philosophy
Four In Hand Tie
Cravat & Euro Ties
Shar Pei Tie
|Bow Tie: A short necktie tied in a bow knot.
Today, most bow ties come pre-tied. Bow ties that you tie yourself
are often referred to as "Tie to Ties".
Four in Hand Tie: Also known as a "Straight Tie",
is a standard full length tie that you tie yourself.
Windsor Tie: Is a standard straight tie that is pre-tied
with a Windsor knot. Windsor ties typically have neck bands that
run around the outside of the shirt collar.
Ascot Tie: A broad scarf like double paneled tie that
is generally worn with traditional Morning attire.
Cravat Tie: A band or scarf worn around the neck. Or,
a narrow version of an ascot tie. Cravats sometimes have bands
below the neck.
Shar Pie Tie: Popular in the late 90's the Shar Pei tie
is a variation of a cravat tie with a wrinkled knot.
|Why are they
called tuxedos ?
In the 1880's a large and beautiful tract of land called Tuxedo
Park, near the village and on the shore of Tuxedo Lake, became
a fashionable resort community of the very wealthy. It was here,
near the turn of the century, that young men, disregarding the
dictates of current fashion, began to wear dress jackets without
tails. This new style which they made popular was soon called
What is the difference between a tuxedo and a suit?
Classic tuxedos have satin lapels and a satin stripe on the outside
of each pant leg.
Why do tuxedos have stripes on the side of the trousers?
tuxedo trousers are actually derived from military uniforms.
The stripes are simply a carry over characteristic from such
uniforms used to hide the outside seam of the pant leg.