When you’re shopping around for a tux rental in preparation for a wedding, prom, cocktail party, or another formal occasion, you’ll find that there are some standard styles, some unique innovations, and ton of minor options that can make a significant difference for the way your outfit comes together. Here are some of the latest trends in men’s formal wear to consider as you
The Best Shirt for Formal Wear
Let’s start with the easiest formal wear item to sort out: the shirt. A white shirt is the old standby for men in formal wear fashion, with shirts rarely departing from white. You may find some lighter colors being used these days, but they never venture toward bolder hues. Dark colors or see-through shirts remain unpopular choices for men. A well-fitting white shirt provides the ideal contrast to a black or gray jacket.
Neck Ties and Bow Ties for Formal Wear
Depending on your personal preference, a black bow tie or a solid color tie are the most popular choices for men’s formal wear. For some, it may all come down to your body type, as a bow tie draws attention to the neck and face, while a tie draws more attention to your chest. For something a little different, many men are choosing a skinny neck tie with a solid color.
Formal Wear Vests
A vest is also considered an essential item that goes along with bow ties and neck ties, but currently a colorful vest veers a little too close to prom styles if you’re looking for an outfit to wear for a wedding or cocktail party. For a prom, a solid color that coordinates well with your date’s dress is always a good idea. For a wedding, a solid white or black vest is quite popular of late, with some designers adding a hint of color to their vests.
Traditional Formal Wear Jackets
While tails and three-button jackets are still looks you can find in many formal wear shops, the most popular styles still have two buttons that are either left undone or only one of the two buttons is done. Black remains the most popular color, but if you want something unique, there are a number of silver or steel gray styles that provide a striking but classic look for men.
For a more polished look to your formal wear jacket, consider satin lapels. You’ll find a variety of lapels, but the notched lapels tend to stand out as a more classic look with straight shaw lapels providing another option for those who want to stand out with a less traditional style.
Some still prefer the white tuxedo look, but that tends to be more of the exception than the rule. If you do choose this route, consider ways to tastefully add colorful accents to your outfit through your vest and bow tie without choosing an overwhelming color.
Formal Wear Shoes
There are certain brands of shoes that stand out from others in popularity, but generally speaking, the trend for men’s shoes remains with polished black dress shoes. The one exception in some cases would be those who try to coordinate their shoes with a bow tie or another accessory. Keep in mind that your shoes will be noticed more frequently than you’d expect at a cocktail party where many of the guests may be looking down at their drinks and then happen to notice your shoes
This article was written by Ed Quinn for AC Tux to give men an informative outlook on the fashion trend in 2013