Ultimate Prom Tuxedo Guide

Prom is typically one of the first occasions guys ever need to wear a tux.  You might have been in Aunt Ashley’s wedding as a ring bearer, but you definitely didn’t get to pick out your outfit.   And a couple of things have changed since the last time Dad wore a tux at his wedding.  We want to help you out by giving you a brief overview of what you’ll need to know when picking out your prom tux.


The Difference Between a Prom Suit and a Prom Tux

First off, you should know the difference between a suit and a tuxedo.  The difference is pretty simple: Satin.   A tuxedo will have satin on the jacket, covered buttons, and (if it’s a black or white tuxedo), it will probably also have a stripe of satin down the pants.  A suit won’t have any satin, and it will have bone or plastic buttons.

The bigger difference is when you wear a suit versus a tuxedo.  A tuxedo is used to commemorate a special occasion.  If you just want to rent, we recommend going for the prom tuxedo.  It’ll add a special touch to the occasion and mark it as truly special.  If you think you need to wear a suit again in the future for graduation, senior pictures, job interviews, etc, it may be worthwhile to purchase a prom suit instead.  If you are planning on buying your prom suit, check out our guide on suit purchases. 


Slim fit Prom Suits vs Traditional fit 

Slim fit tuxedos are by far the most popular style for any prom tuxedo.  Slim fit suits generally have a more fitted jacket and narrower pant legs than a traditional fit suit.  The slim fit pants will also be slightly shorter than a traditional pant.  A slim fit look doesn't mean skinny, though.  If you want the really tight pant leg, you want an ultra slim fit tuxedo.  


Celebrity Tux and Tails is a family-owned and operated formalwear company located in the Phoenix, Arizona. We specialize in suits and tuxedos for both men and women and offer a variety of options in rental, off-the-rack retail and custom made attire. In addition to our stores in Tempe and Glendale, we offer full-service concierge across the state of Arizona. From free in-home consultations to delivery & pickup services, we are dedicated to making the formalwear process simple, affordable, and exceptional for our customers! Get the selection you want and the service you deserve!

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