The Tuxedo Series Part IV: Differences And Types

When you’re one of the foremost shops for tuxedos in Philadelphia, it pays to know the intricate differences in the styles of men’s formal dress. As we’ve covered in our previous blogs, the tuxedo has a long and hallowed history, but there are certain variations that have stood the test of time and remained a part of the outfit for the majority of the past century.


Here are some of the most notable differences in tuxedo types.


Collars and Lapels

There are three types of lapels typically found on the jacket.


Notch: Virtually the same as a suit jacket, the notch collar is considered the least formal of the three types. In some circles it is considered the most fashion-forward, but is mostly regarded as an unwanted compromise in formal attire.


Peak:This lapel type sees the lower half peaked, spreading in an “elephant ear” shape longer than the top edge of the collar. Oftentimes, the peak lapels are made of a different, glossier fabric than the rest of the suit to stand out.


Shawl: The shawl collar runs from just above the top button to the back of the collar in one uniform strip of fabric. It is considered just as formal as the peak lapel but is a bit more uncommon.  The shawl lapel is classically seen in men’s smoking jackets.



There are two types of pockets.


Flap:  Flap pockets were created with the intention of keeping belongings more secure but in most cases are considered the less attractive option. They are still somewhat common sights on tuxedo jackets with tails, but those are few and far between.


Jetted: Jetted, or besom, pockets are slits designed to be less noticeable than flaps. They are now the much more commonplace option and further lend themselves to the slimming appearance of the tuxedo.


Single Breasted Vs. Double Breasted

Double Breasted:  Featuring two lines of buttons in the front of the jacket instead of one, this particular trend is a carry-over from suits and was popular during the ’90s and early 2000s. Today it’s seen as less formal.


Single Breasted:  Featuring one (for very tall gentlemen, two) button(s), the single breasted tuxedo is much more common and allows for the most flattering of fits.


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To read the first entry in our tuxedo series, click here.

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