Tan/Khaki or Grey Tuxedos

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve personally never seen khaki tuxes….I went with great so it wasn’t as “formal”….

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would choose grey. that doesn’t mean you have to. They both will look great with the coral and lavender.

 

 Definitely don’t get solid color ties that match the grils’ dresses-too much like prom night.

A striped or paisley tie that includes the coral, lavender or grey would be perfect.

You could even have the guys in all different ties that feature those colors.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@lmonique:  How formal is your wedding? Kind of hard to picture. I have seen khaki with coral dresses and it looked really nice. I havent seen coral with gray.  Lavender would look good with the gray but I need more details.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@lmonique:  Do you mean a tan suit or a gray suit? Or do you mean tuxes?

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Grey.  GREY.  If those are the choices, then GREY.  Tan suits generally don’t look good, and only do when they are PERFECT.

Next to the coral, I’d do charcoal suits, and I would not match the ties to the bridesmaids.  But if you’re determined to have tuxes in one of those two colours, definitely grey, and I’d lean toward a tie with similar colours, but not solid, and not exactly matching.  But, if you really like matchy matchy, and the groom does too, then match away. 🙂

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2019

Tuxedos are black.

Gray and Khaki are suits.

I know that rules are meant to be broken, but a tuxedo is black the way a wedding dress is white – you may see other options, but they will probably look silly in photos at your 30th anniversary!

 

For more details, I like this site (which is not trying to sell you anything.)  http://www.blacktieguide.com/

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Professor6pack:  A tuxedo is black or midnight blue, actually 😛

But, as day time formalwear is all but extinct in North America, I thik the grey tuxedo is a variation of the black/midnight evening tuxedo meant to look better in the light of day.  I think they work well in that role.  What people call a grey tuxedo is a grey suit with grey satin-faced lapels, and a braid coverig the trouser seam – those are the details that, in the common vernacular, make something a “tuxedo.”

The way I look at it is that the word “tuxedo” has evolved to include all of the variations introduced by rental companies, for proms and weddings, whereas “Black Tie” has remained unchanged.

The Black Tie Guide is a phenomenal resource for anyone trying to do things right 🙂

 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2019

@Duncan:  

Good point about the Midnight Blue tuxedo!  Very James Bond.

I understand what you are saying about the evolution of the word tuxedo to include all of the variations available through rental companies, but the evolution concept still makes me cringe a little.  I am very much a progressive modernsist in my real life, but I appreciate craftsmanship and quality above style and flash.  The minimalism of a good tuxedo (in an era of polyester rentals) is perhaps the most progressive and modern thing a groom can wear.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Professor6pack:  Which is why I’m wearing a vintage 75/25 wool/mohair blend dinner suit 😉

But, one can be in bad, polyester, but correct black tie.  A black cummerbund, a fly front shirt, a self-tie black bowtie, peak or shawl lapels, and besom pockets, and you’re correct, even if it’s all polyester garbage.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If the groomsmen are purchasing their suits (let’s not call them tuxedos so people can stop losing their minds), I vote gray as well because not only is tan more difficult to pull off, it’s more likely that your groomsmen will appreciate the excuse to buy a gray suit they can keep and wear for another occasion.

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