Tuxedo Shirts

Written by Serena Berger
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You may have watched some award shows and paid particular attention to the red carpet fashion specials (even if you don’t want to admit it). Now that you’re ready to purchase a tuxedo for yourself, you have a picture of how you want the ideal tuxedo to look. (Just a hint, though--if you thought Johnny Depp was the coolest looking guy at an event, you probably don’t want to try replicating his style. Some things only work for the man who played Captain Jack Sparrow.) As part of the package, you may or may not have paid attention to the different styles of tuxedo shirts that you could pair with the jacket, vest and trousers.

Different Types of Tuxedo Shirts

If you ever played in a high school band or orchestra, you may have been required to wear a tuxedo shirt with a pleated bib, making you look more like you should be carrying a tray of hors d'oeuvres than a musical instrument. You may also have somewhat comical visions of ruffled or frilly tuxedo shirts from decades past. Fortunately fashion has changed over the years and tuxedo shirts, while still remaining formal, do not necessarily look as comical.

There are three main styles of tuxedo shirts. The laydown collar tuxedo shirt is most like business suit shirts, with a full collar. This is suitable if you will be pairing it with a regular tie, but a laydown collar can also be worn with a bow tie.

The wing collar shirt is similar, but the collar has small wings that are meant to be tucked behind the bow of a bow tie. The other type of style (which has gained in popularity in the last decade or so) is the mandarin collar, which is a rounded collar that is not paired with a tie. If you are purchasing a tuxedo for your wedding, however, be sure that you don’t do anything without consulting your bride-to-be. Even though you think a mandarin collar would look great, if your fiancée isn't happy with how you look in it, you might want to reconsider.

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