Style advice for the groom and best man in Stuttgart, the white Tuxedo Part 1 is an article for helping you in this exeptional occasion. A special day requires special appearance. Many just don´t know how to do that without exaggerating or even being embarrassed. What to wear?, What colors?, Which fabric?, What is allowed and what isn´t?, How should everything fit? Many questions and no answers. If you want to make it right, there are two options: Sitting in front of the lap-top and googling for days until it´s halfway understood. Or you can get help from an expert. Now, is every “expert” able to help in that situation? Of course you can get to me. Take a look at some of my posts and you´ll see what kind of knowledge in the area I have. Here I am presenting only one option with two versions for your wedding. But I´ll tell you at the same time, when you can wear something it and when NOT.
The white tuxedo or white Dinner Jacket
Beautiful piece of clothing that makes us men look very handsome. Provided the cut is well done and the sleeves have the correct length. Many of us fail with that.
What is a Dinner Jacket for us in Germany, is called White Dinner Jacket in England.
How does it fit correctly?: If you stand straight, there should be no pleats in the back (at the height of the shoulder blades).
The sleeves should be reaching to the wrist while arms are stretched. Another indication may be when the arms are hanging, about 1 to 1.5 cm of the shirt should be seen.
At the waist, depending on the physique, you should have room up to 3 cm, if you would pull closed tuxedo by the button.
The length should just cover the buttocks.
Usually a black tuxedo trouser with side Galon should be worn. The pants can be cut classic or modern. I prefer the modern one. That means slightly narrower cut on legs and partially low-waist.
The pants length should be reaching the shoes and make a very slight bend in the front while standing. Most of people wear pants way too long, which destroys the whole look.
I sometimes don´t wear tuxedo pants, but simply a cool modern cut suit trousers. However I´m not saying it as a recommendation.
Traditionally you put a white shirt on. Either with concealed buttons or with beautiful noble buttons (often black). Here I am wearing a very nice shirt with an elegant ornament on the chest and black buttons.
The Bow tie
It shouldn´t be an already bound one. This is an absolute faux pas in experts’ opinion. Some men complain they cannot bind it themselves. My answer is: Learn it! No man can be too clumsy to manage it. The binding itself is part of the tradition and charm. Especially after the official part of the celebration is over, and you open it and have it casually hanging around the neck.
The bow tie is black. It can be simply black, or like in my case, black with a woven pattern in black as well. This gives the fabric a little more structure and makes it nobler, I find.
This article would be impossible without the great photographs, because pictures say more than words. In this case, they were taken by photographer Roman Novitzky. It is always a great pleasure to work with him since he always gives everything and the result is just amazing. The beautiful model is the ballet dancer Miriam Kacerova, principal dancer of Stuttgart Ballet. We make a great couple, don´t we? I hope you enjoy these pictures.
Pants: Hugo Boss
Photography: Roman Novitzky
Models: Miriam Kacerova / Karlo Grados