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Prom Tuxedos

Find a sharp prom suit

When it comes to prom tuxedos, you have a lot more choice than you generally would for other formal occasions, such as weddings. A prom tuxedo can be classic in style and understated in color, or you can opt for a louder, more stylish or more daring prom suit, depending on what your date is wearing (and what she'll let you wear!).

With prom suits, you have to consider the right fit in addition to the right style. Getting accurate measurements from a professional tailor is a must, and knowing what suits and styles work best with your body type will also help you as you shop around.

Finding the Right Fit for Your Prom Suit

Single-breasted prom suits work best on guys who have shorter, thicker frames. If you're stocky, heavyset or muscular but average in height, this suit style will make an excellent choice. Taller guys with broader frames should opt for tailored suits with clean lines that don't add any bulk.

If you've got a thinner frame but aren't tall, choosing a suit with a low-profile button stance will help add the appearance of greater height. Guys who are tall with thin to average frames get off easy; they can choose pretty much any style they like without worrying too much about how the cut of the clothing will affect the look.

Prom Tux Styles

Classic prom tuxedos are black, worn with matching vests that typically have a slight color or pattern accentuation, white shirts, handkerchiefs and ties. Shoes will generally be included with the rental so you don't have to worry about buying them.

If you're going to wear a suit to the prom, you have more choice when it comes to styles, colors, shirts and accessories. Given that proms take place in spring, don't be afraid to add splashes of color to your look; of course, you should always choose an outfit that will match what your date is wearing. You don't want to show up in a wild suit just to find your date has opted for a classic look.

Don't forget about prom accessories either -- these aren't just for girls. Classic tuxedo accessories like waist chains, tiepins, lapel pins and cufflinks add a touch of class to a traditional look; if you've opted for a more contemporary style, consider necklaces, wristwatches and other pieces of masculine jewelry to add an extra touch of flair.

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