Wedding Tuxedo Sizing Basics for Grooms

So you're going to splurge on that wedding tux? Before you do, you should learn how to properly measure for it.
Tuxedo with bow tie
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No matter how nice your wedding tuxedo looks on that hanger, it won't mean a thing if it ain't got You definitely don't want a high-water, too-tight or too-loose suit that will make you look like a little boy playing dress up on your wedding day. Make sure you get the right size by following these guidelines.

The Basics

Here's what to look for when you're sizing up a tux:

  • Tuxedo jacket: Your formalwear jacket should fit comfortably at the neck and shoulders and fasten easily. Try standing and sitting with it buttoned.
  • Tuxedo shirt: About a quarter-inch to a half-inch of your shirt's cuff should show below the jacket sleeve. It should fit comfortably at the neck, shoulders and waist.
  • Vest: Vest buttons should line up with your jacket front, and the vest should button comfortably across your chest. The bottom should slightly overlap the trouser waistband. The suit vest's waist can usually be adjusted with a slide strap in the back. Consider a vest with a full back. When jackets come off during the reception, guests will see the real deal instead of a strap and the back of your shirt.
  • Trousers: These should button comfortably and feel good when you sit. The hem should break just over the tops of your shoes.
  • Bow tie: Always try on a bow tie before buying or renting one. It should fit snugly around your collar.
  • Shoes: Remember that the best time to try on shoes is at the end of the day, when your feet are slightly swollen (which they'll almost certainly be by the end of the wedding). Better for shoes to be too roomy than too tight.

Comfort Is Key

You should be able to move easily -- do lots of twists, turns and arm raises when you try on tuxedos for your wedding. After all, you'll be wearing those duds for four to eight emotional, fun-filled hours.

Size It Up

It's a good idea for everyone to try on their formalwear at least two days before the wedding. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? You'd be surprised. Many mismatched bridal parties or ill-fitting suit jackets result from neglecting this simple step.

If the suit doesn't fit, you'll still have time to run back to the formalwear rental shop or the tailor to get the kinks worked out.

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