From tuxes to suits, it’s a man’s world out there |

From tuxes to suits, it’s a man’s world out there

It’s true: Men’s formal wear trends are subject to the whims of fashion designers, which sometimes go astray. Consider the powder-blue or yellow tuxedos of the 1970s.

But luckily, when designers tried to revive blue, green and purple tuxes a few years ago, they couldn’t fool men a second time.

Grooms these days will be happy to know that the predominant trend in modern men’s formal wear isn’t color or cut, but rather cloth. And that means more comfort and a smooth fit. Calvin Klein, Armani, Ralph Lauren and other fashion designers are using a super-fine wool, which looks and feels like silk. It also hangs nicer than regular wool, creating a ripple-less effect, said Troy Claycomb of Breck Tux in Breckenridge. Newer microfiber shirts don’t wrinkle as much as traditional cotton or polyester shirts. Plus, they breathe better, which can be priceless on the big day.

When it comes to the specific style of formal wear, grooms still have plenty of choices. Of course, there’s the classic two- or three-button tuxedo coats, which men choose 80 to 90 percent of the time at Vail Tux and Breck Tux.

Grooms also are leaning toward longer coats that reach closer to the knees, but Sally Ensing of Breck Tux sees that as yet another fashion fad, which will come and go. Longer coats look good on tall men, but shorter men do best sticking with a classic look. Either way, the style should always complement the groom’s body type; if that means a short groomsman ends up in a long coat, he has to take one for the team.

As far as getting tied, grooms are wearing more Windsor or sharpei ties. A couple of years ago, people considered the longer ties less formal, but now the two looks have replaced the traditional bow tie, Ensign said.

“You tend to think of the cocktail generation ” James Bond – who likes to wear tuxedos with bow ties, and the young people want to wear something more modern,” said Mirjam Rosner, owner of Stitch Works in Aspen.

Rosner sees a lot of grooms who forgo the tux look altogether; 90 percent of her grooms choose a silver suit.

And bad news for cowboys: The bolo-and-boot look is out, unless, of course, you really live on a ranch. Posers looking for a more casual look do better in a suit or a tux with a long tie.

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