Should Guys Wear A Tux Or Suit For Prom?

Are you deciding on whether to wear a suit or a tux for the prom? If you take a few steps back and consider the decision, you’ll find that there’s more to this choice than meets the eye. For guys who don’t often think about what to wear, it can be downright confusing. That’s why we’ve put together this brief guide on what you’ll need to keep in mind as you plan your prom outfit.

Suit Vs Tux – What’s the Difference?

Before you make a decision, it’s important to know what specifically separates a tuxedo from a suit. Here are a few key differences to keep in mind:

  • Style: A tuxedo is a style of formalwear that’s only meant for use on formal occasions—like a prom or a wedding. The prom represents one of the rare opportunities you’ll have for dressing up as much as possible.
  • Construction: A tuxedo can be distinguished from a suit due to the presence of satin. Tuxedos will typically have satin on the lapel and pocket trim of your suit. The difference is subtle, but gives tuxedo the more “formal” look as mentioned above.

Once you understand the differences between a suit and tux, you’ll realize that your choice can often come down to a matter of taste. But there are other factors here you’ll want to weigh before you make a final decision on what to wear to prom.

Which Is Right For The Prom?

If you’re going solo, the choice is simple: you weigh the differences between a suit and a tux and consider your options. But there may be some other elements you need to think about as well, like:

  • Matching a prom dress. If you’re going to prom with someone who’s planning on wearing a dress, then it only makes sense to coordinate your suit or tuxedo choice with that look. One current style is to have the dress and tuxedo or suit look like a “matching set.” They should belong to the same color palette (i.e., navy and gray) but don’t necessarily have to be the same exact color.
  • Standard tie or bow tie. A bow tie is typically associated with the tuxedo and the long tie is typically associated with the suit, although there are plenty of exceptions. If you want to wear a bow tie that specifically matches your partner’s dress, for example, it may point you in the direction of wearing a tuxedo. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it will help you make sense of all the fashion rules being thrown at you.

In short, when dressing for the prom as a guy, you should err on the side of formality with a tux. But if you do decide to go with a suit, remember to keep it matched to your date and to the occasion.

Find The Perfect Trousers For Prom

No matter what you’re wearing, it’s important that you have the right trousers to give you the confidence you need to walk into the prom looking and feeling your best. We recommend that you browse the collections at Berle to get a sense of what style of formal wear might work best for your prom. 

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