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All Things Accessories



While finding the right cut and style of your suit or tuxedo is important, the accessories are what pulls the whole look together. From the vest to the cuff-links, or pocket squares to the bow tie, selecting the right accessories to flatter your ensemble is the perfect step to personalizing your look for your event. We'll give you the basics of all things accessories and include tips on how to make sure you arrive at your big event with class and style.


Buttons



Silk, matte, gold, or silver, the options for buttons seem endless, but that's good news for you! With all of the different styles, colors, and patterns, completing your sleek look can be easy and fun. Even the small details matter, so picking the right button style and shape for your tuxedo is a small step that will vamp up your look.

To keep in line with the basic tuxedo look, button studs is the best option. In fact, button studs are only made for tuxedo shirts, so keeping your ensemble look classic and timeless, with a set of black centers and silver rims, is effortless. However, switching up the classic look can be accomplished by utilizing gold rims, patterned centers, or even going for a square button.

Cuff-Links



Cuff-links add personality and flare to your already sophisticated sleek style, while other options tailor to a more serious look. Regardless of the style you are going for, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

For a more simple, minimalist look, silk knots are the way to go. These unique studs add that personalized touch without overstating themselves. There's just enough color and style to complete your look without being too flashy.

If you're one of those people that like to stick to the basics, a more serious style like the metallic cuff-links are a must! Gold or silver provide the base and from there you could customize with different inlays of colors or patterns.


Vest



Vests are another important piece to your look that shouldn't be overlooked; paying attention to detail is what will make you stand out.

If you're committed to going with a three piece suit for your event, like a wedding for example, and you're looking to distinguish the groom from the groomsmen, the groom should be the only one wearing a vest. If you decide to go with a tuxedo for your wedding, the groom and groomsmen should all wear vests, but the groom should have a different vest to stand out on his big day.

That being said, there's also patterns and colors to consider. If you choose a three piece suit for your event, the suit and the vest should match. If it's a patterned suit, it could be difficult to find a matching vest. In this case, it would be better to forget the vest altogether. A tip for picking your vest; keep in mind that coordinating colors between suit jacket and vest is not the norm. It's better to match it exactly or to go without.

Tuxedos are less complicated considering they follow certain formal wear rules. You want to stick with neutral colors for your vest such as; black, white, silver, charcoal, gray, etc. This will ensure that you look the part and keep it classy.


Tie/Bow Tie



Many events have flexibility on dressing with a long tie versus a formal bow tie, and knowing the dress code for your event is key in deciding whether you want to opt for the suit or the tuxedo.

A classic suit and tie is great for almost any event and allows more room for personalizing, more comfortability, and not to mention easier on the wallet. Also, there's the convenience factor to consider, as suit and ties are almost always readily available.

When considering a tuxedo for your event, it's important to keep in mind that although some events would allow for a long tie with a tuxedo, you should opt for a bow tie regardless. This is because bow ties are made for tuxedos specifically and by wearing one with your tuxedo, not only are you following the technicalities of formal wear, but you'll be looking your best with this sleek, classic look.

A quick tip for your bow tie selection; stick to the black silk. A classic tuxedo look doesn't require too much extra pizzazz considering it provides enough style and class on its own.


Pocket Square


If you're one of those guys that likes to keep things sophisticated and timeless, then a pocket square is a must have. If there is a front pocket on your jacket, then you should have a pocket square in it. Many guys will go without one and still look amazing, but this extra detail tells everyone not only that you care about how you look, but that you go that extra mile to look the part; it shows people you know what you're doing when it comes to formal wear.

Plus, with so many patterns, colors, and styles, finding the right pocket square to fit your look and coordinate with your event has never been easier. That being said, a simple tip to keep in mind is that a classic white or black pocket square will match with everything and look sharp as well. Adding a bit of color can be unique and make you stand out in the crowd, but it's easy to overdo it with the color. Perhaps instead you could pick a pattern or style that varies enough from the norm, while still maintaining an elegance that you desire for your look.


Suspenders


Luckily, it's easy to keep it simple with suspenders. If you're looking to utilize suspenders as a style choice, you shouldn't wear a vest for a vest would conceal the look you're going for. This is where you have freedom to choose colors or patterns to your liking. If you're going to wear the suspenders for utilitarian purposes only, then you should wear a vest to conceal the suspenders.



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