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Tuxedo Vs. Suit – 4 Differences You Better Know

A tuxedo and a suit are similar fashions; however, there are physical differences that set the two apart. The primary difference between a tux and a suit is the presence of satin. A tux will have satin accents on the buttons, lapels, pocket trim and a satin stripe down the leg of the pants. A suit will not have the satin accents and will generally have plastic buttons or fabric covered buttons.

Tux Vs Suit Difference

Tux vs. Suit

 

Dress Standards

Traditionally, when an affair is black tie dress, this means that men will generally be expected to wear a tuxedo. There are some instances where it is acceptable to wear a well-tailored suit instead of a tux, such as weddings or proms. Business casual dress means that suits are the acceptable mode of dress for men.

 

Ties and Vests

Ties and Vests

A tux is most commonly recognizable by being worn with a bow tie and a cummerbund or waistcoat; these are referred to as low stance vests. Suits are traditionally worn with long ties and high stance vests, not cummerbunds.

 

Exceptions to the Rule

There are a few exceptions where satin is not incorporated into a tux. The Tropical Black Tie (or white dinner jacket) is one such exception. This is traditionally a white jacket worn with a white turn-down collar, black pants and black accessories. The jacket will have one button in the front with self flap pockets and a self shawl lapel. The Tropical Black Tie is a tux.

 

Difference Between Tux and Suit

Tux

Suit

  • Incorporates satin, except the Tropical Black Tie tux
  • Does not have satin trim
  • Commonly worn with bow tie and cummerbund or waistcoat
  • Commonly worn with long ties and high stance vests
  • Formal, black tie occasions
  • Business casual occasions

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