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Introduction:

Welcome to Suits Avenue’s blog! Today we are going to talk about the difference between a suit and a tuxedo, when to wear them, as well as how to take care of them!

Both are a pretty big financial investment and both are important for their own events. Taking the proper steps to care for them will ensure you get the most bang for your buck and that they last the longest!

Check out our table of contents below to see everything we cover!

Table of contents:

  • What is a suit?
  • What is a Tuxedo?
  • Whats the difference between a suit and tuxedo?
  • When should you wear a suit?
  • When should you wear a tuxedo?
  • Rotating your Suit
  • Using a wooden hanger
  • Keep very little in your pockets
  • Use a clothing brush
  • Roll your suit
  • Steam your suit regularly
  • Avoid the dry cleaners
  • Covering your suit
  • How to fold your suit
  • Conclusion

What is a suit?

noun
  1. a set of outer clothes made of the same fabric and designed to be worn together, typically consisting of a jacket and trousers or a jacket and skirt.
mens suits

What is a tuxedo?

noun
  1. a man’s dinner jacket & vest.
3pcs Imported Suit

Whats the difference between a suit and tuxedo?

The primary physical difference between a tuxedo and a suit is the presence of satin. Traditionally tuxedos have satin facing on the lapels, buttons, pocket trim, and a satin side stripe down the leg of the trousers. Suits dont incorporate any satin and usually have either plastic buttons or buttons faced with the same fabric as the coat (aka self buttons.) Some modern tuxedo options have minimized the use of satin to a thin satin trim on the lapels and a thin satin bead down the pant leg, but the primary difference between the two is that tuxedos have satin on them and suits dont. Of course, to every rule there are exceptions.

When should you wear a suit?

  • Any business event, unless a different dress code is specified.
  • When an event calls for “informal attire”, “Standard business attire”, “International business attire”, or “Western business attire”
  • Anytime you want to let someone know you “mean business”
  • Any legal event such as a court date, meeting, or appointment.
  • Any serious event such as a wedding or funeral, again, unless a different dress code is specified.

When to wear a tuxedo:

If you’ve received an invitation to attend a formal affair and it notes black tie or black tie optional, it’s time to pull out the tuxedo. Traditionally, you should not wear a tuxedo before 6 p.m. since it is so formal. Generally, you won’t receive a black tie invitation for an event that starts before then, unless it’s a wedding. If you are in the wedding party, most likely you will be prompted to wear a tuxedo. As a general attendee, it’s unnecessary. Tuxedo shirts come with traditional pointed or wing collars, and you can pick either one. Decide if you want a simple or pleated front either is acceptable. Make sure that the shirt is finished with French cuffs and that you are wearing cuff-links to complete the look.

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Now that we have gone over the differences between a suit and a tuxedo and the appropriate times to wear them, now we are going to go over how to care for them! Taking the proper steps to caring for your suit or tuxedo will ensure they last longer!

  1. Rotate your suits!

If you wear the same suit every day, all day long it will never give the fibers time to relax or air out. It will always stay loose and never have the great “first fit” like it did when you first bought it. By rotating through your suits and giving each of them a few days to rest in the closet will make sure your suit is nice and crisp for your next formal adventure!

2. Wood hangers:

Using round, wood hangers will give the suit enough space for air to flow through and getting the smells of your every day out. It also helps keep the suit fitting nice and tight. The rounded edges mock the shoulder make so it won’t stretch the suit out, only create enough space for it to relax in the natural form.

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3. Keep very little in your pockets.

Do not overfill any of your pockets, inside or outside of the suit. Only carry your essentials, cash, business cards, or debit/credit cards. If you overload your pockets it will eventually change the shape of the suit and it will become more lose and unnatural.

4. Brush your suit with a clothing brush:

This will extend the natural fibers in the suit, allowing it to last longer. It also helps keep the fibers up allowing it to breathe more and not hold in strong odors from the day. Be careful not to over brush your suit though, this will cause the fibers to become too loose and eventually fall apart quicker.

5. Roll your suit:

Do this after brushing your suit. Rolling your suit will grab any loose fabric pieces or hair stuck on it. It is a little extra step that takes your look a long way!

6. Steam your suit regularly:

Steaming your suit opens up the fibers, removes stains and marks, as well as the smells from throughout the day. Dry ironing your suit will push the fibers down trapping all stains and stenches, so try to avoid ironing your suits!

7. Avoid the dry cleaners:

Dry cleaners shorten the lifespan of suits. They use strong chemicals to treat the suits so they are clean. It is only necessary to take your suit to the dry cleaners if you absolutely cannot get the stain or smell out of your suit by brushing it, airing it, or steaming it.

8. Cover it up:

When you aren’t wearing the suit, it should be on the wood hanger as discussed earlier, as well as in an appropriate suit bag. This will keep any bugs or dust from getting into the bag or onto your suit. It also protects it from any unfortunate events that may happen, and makes it easier to travel with.

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How to: to travel-

Step one:

Lay the suit face down on a flat surface with the front up.

STEP 2

Flip the jacket over and fold the left shoulder back. towards the right.

STEP 3:

Turn the rightshoulder inside out, then tuck left shoulder into the right.

STEP 4:


Fold it in half lengthwise, then fold it horizontally.

STEP5:


Place the folded jacket in the center of the outstretched trousers.

STEP6:


Fold the trouser bottoms over the jacket and repeat with the top of the trousers.

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading Suit Avenue’s blog! Today we talked about the difference between a suit and a tuxedo, when to wear them, as well as how to take care of them and fold them!

Both are a pretty big financial investment and both are important for their own events. Taking the proper steps to care for them will ensure you get the most bang for your buck and that they last the longest!

Check out our table of contents below to see everything we cover!

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