Men's Formal Wear Glossary
It all began in 1886 when the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII,
began wearing a short black jacket in place of a formal tailcoat. An American
guest of the prince, a Mr. James Brown Potter, brought the look to the states, where
he made a dashing presence at the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Falls, New York. Soon
the new style became known as, "What they're wearing to dinner in Tuxedo."
And so the new jacket had a name - THE TUXEDO!
Here are a few formalwear terms to help you make your choice. Click on the picture
to see an example of a tuxedo available for rental.
Tuxedo The word generally used to refer to all men's formalwear
refers to a suit-length coat with satin lapels available in single or double breasted
styles. Traditionally, this style is worn for informal evening weddings, however,
this style has now become the modern standard for ceremonies taking place at all
Dinner Jacket The dinner jacket is a white or ivory coat
worn with black formal trousers. While styling may vary depending on the designer,
a traditional dinner jacket will have a shawl collar. The dinner jacket is often
worn instead of a tuxedo in warmer and climates.
Full dress tails Also known as the tailcoat, this version
is short in front and long in back, and is traditionally worn for formal evening
weddings (after 6 p.m.) with a white piqué shirt, vest, and bow tie.
Cutaway The cutaway is a formal daytime tailcoat with very
smooth lines and is usually grey or black. It is often referred to as a "morning
coat" and is worn for formal daytime weddings (up to 6 p.m.).
Stroller A cousin to the cutaway, this short coat is worn
for informal morning and afternoon weddings. Traditionally, the stroller has
the same cut as the tuxedo, but is usually grey rather than black and does not have
(Also called a wing-tip collar)
(Also called a turndown or point collar)
(Also called a Cavalier or banded collar)
The most formal style of tie, the bow tie is normally worn with a wing collar shirt.
Also called a Windsor tie, this style of tie is normally worn with a point collar
This style of tie is normally worn with a wing-collar shirt, and traditionally with
a cutaway jacket.