What's the Difference?
by Ashley Kerns, Marketing Manager, Suits Unlimited
What is the difference between a suit and a tuxedo? Let us explain. One is more business casual or great for a more laid back wedding. The other is pretty darn formal and the reason is in the details.
A tuxedo jacket, the lapels, buttons, and pocket openings are covered in satin. Tuxedo pants also have satin detail along the out seam in the form of a thin black stripe. Satin fabric is shinier than regular suit fabric or most other fabrics and is used for formal or special occasions. They are traditionally black and can be paired with accessories such as satin vests and ties that coordinate with a variety of wedding colors. Tuxedos are typically worn to a more traditional fit, however, recently slimmer styles are hitting the market and may be worn at a wedding or two near you.
A suit does not offer these satin details and its fabric makeup can vary greatly compared to its formal counterpart. suit buttons are typically made of bone or plastic and come in a variety of colors. The lapels match the fabric of the overall suit and pockets are lined in the same fashion. There is also not special detail to the pants, however, the leg of pant can range to a more tapered look and even have a shorter rise. A rise is the hem of the pant, traditional rise or hem, comes about an inch off the floor, a short rise is about 2-3 inches off the floor but is more tapered. Tapered means the pant fabric is taken in a bit to be closer to the shin of the wearer.
If you are undecided on which to choose for your wedding, think about when it’s going to be, even down to what time of year. Is your wedding ceremony during the day? Then a suit might be the way to go. Is your ceremony in the late afternoon or evening? A tux or dark suit is a more fitting option. Time of year has to also be taken into consideration when determining the best colors. Lighter suits and tuxedos are typically worn in the spring and summer, while darker ones are worn in the fall and winter.
There you have it, the difference between a tuxedo and a suit and when is a good time to wear each. If you’d like to learn more visit our store at 5406 Menaul Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110. We are open 7 days a week and no appointment is needed!