Introduce about the Midnight Blue Tuxedo
When it comes to eveningwear for men, it doesn't get more stylish and sophisticated than the tuxedo. Whether you're making a bold and lasting impression at a work event or taking a suave and debonair approach to the party season, a tuxedo is always the most impactful sartorial option.
From the iconic suit's history to our very own Midnight Blue style, we're taking an in-depth look at the power of the tuxedo. And why no modern gentleman's wardrobe can be without (at least) one.
A Brief History of the Tuxedo
During the 1860s, the growing love for outdoor activities among the British middle and upper classes led to a rise in the popularity of the casual lounge suit. This acted as an alternative to the more formal day attire that was traditionally worn around town.
At the same time, men were looking for a similar alternative to the formal evening tailcoat. The earliest record of a tailless coat being donned with evening attire is a blue silk smoking jacket and matching trousers ordered by the Prince of Wales. It was crafted from Savile Row tailors Henry Poole & Co. and used at the Prince's country estate.
The earliest tuxedo jackets were crafted from the same black material as the dress coat with single, double or no buttons and a shawl collar faced in satin or ribbed silk. The peaked lapel was equally as popular by the start of the 20th century, while the single-button style had become standard.
By the First World War, the grey option of the tuxedo had fallen out of favour, while the midnight blue alternative grew in popularity - rivalling black by the mid-1930s. We're celebrating this point in the style's history by taking an in-depth look at our sartorially divine Midnight Blue Tuxedo.
The Midnight Blue Tuxedo
Your tuxedo is more than likely going to be an investment, so it's important to opt for a style that is simple, elegant and timeless. A midnight blue, single-button jacket paired with matching midnight blue trousers will serve you well for many years to come.
It's of course also fundamental to make sure your tuxedo fits you well, meaning it should be comfortable and flatter your body shape. There are many contemporary styles that are designed to cut a skinny silhouette, but seeing as we're talking about an undisputed classic – we'd suggest surpassing the trends and opting for a timeless tux in a traditional cut.
Crafted from 100% pure wool, our Midnight Blue Tuxedo is the epitome of supreme quality and design. Plus, the warm fabric is perfect for the winter months, which is of course when the party season takes place in the Northern Hemisphere.
While the exterior of the suit gives off the unparalleled textured appearance of wool, the suit's lining and collar fabric is pure silk. This makes the tuxedo a luxurious and comfortable style of suit to wear, no matter the season.
The suit features a solid midnight blue hue, making it extremely versatile when it comes to styling. Midnight blue is also an excellent yet surprisingly underused alternative to black, absorbing more light and thus looking richer under both natural and artificial lighting. This will give you a suave advantage over your party-going peers.
Finally, the super 110s yarn makes the fabric durable and high quality, perfect for wearing time after time.
So now you know that the Midnight Blue Tuxedo is the perfect choice for the party season, the next question is what to wear with the sophisticated suit?
Keep it classic with a white evening shirt that features a wing or turndown collar, as well as French cuffs, studs and a bib.
If you'd rather take a modern approach, though, a white dress shirt with a strong collar and a hidden placket will be just as effectual. Even a crisp and clean oxford shirt will work, as long as you ensure it features French cuffs. These are what differentiate your tux shirt from your everyday office styles.
The obvious and most traditional approach is to opt for a bow tie to wear with your tuxedo. But these days, there are no rules to say you can't switch things up and opt for a necktie instead. Just make sure your tie is a similar width to your lapel and collar.
If, however, you do decide on the traditional bow tie, then go the full way and avoid pre-tied versions. There are plenty of blogs and videos online that will show you how to tie your bow tie if you're a novice.
The Footwear & Accessories
If you're keeping things classic, put your best foot forward with a pair of formal pumps in patent leather with a black grosgrain bow. These are quite hard to come by, though, so a pair of well-polished Oxford dress shoes will more than suffice.
When it comes to adding the finishing touches to your tux, the traditional accessories to go for are a black cummerbund that covers your waist and black suspenders that button inside your trousers.
If you want to look extra special during the party season, invest in a silk pocket square or lapel flower. Team our Midnight Blue Tuxedo with white or a navy that's a few shades lighter than your suit. This classic coordination will ensure you don't stick out like a sore thumb, but rather turn heads for all the right reasons.
So there you have it. All the questions you have about what style of tuxedo to choose are now answered. Remember, the key is to opt for a classic suit, such as our Midnight Blue Tuxedo. This way you'll honour the traditionalism of the tuxedo, with its roots back in 18th Century Britain.
But don't be afraid to give your look a contemporary update, by swapping the classic bibbed dress shirt with a clean and simple version, or your bowtie with a necktie.
And most of all, don't forget to wear your tuxedo with confidence. After all, this is the most important element to your look of all.