Buying a Custom Tuxedo: Everything You Need to Know

It might seem like a suit is good enough for every occasion. But there are certain times you might need a tuxedo. That could be a wedding or some kind of important black tie fundraiser or awards dinner you’re invited to. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up at the Oscars one day.

The point is, times can come up in your life when you’ll need a tuxedo instead of your work suit. So whether you wait until that occasion comes or you want to get ahead of the game, you’ll need to know how to buy this kind of custom suit. That’s what this guide is for.

Choose a Custom Tux

If you’re confused about the difference between a tux and a nice suit, the main distinction is satin details on the tux. You’ll find this fabric on the lapel of the jacket, and it can also be a detail on the pockets, buttons and pant legs.

Just like custom suits are the best, you’ll want a custom tux. This way, you’ll look your absolute best, show off your personal style, guarantee the best fit and stand apart from other tuxes. That means you need to pick the pieces of your custom tux. All tuxes might seem the same, but they have different components and details you can pick from.

Pick Your Pieces

Some parts of a tux are set in stone while others are optional.

You need the jacket and pants, along with the accessories covered in the next section. You can personalize the jacket by picking from the lapels you’d be used to on a suit: shawl or peaked, while the notched type isn’t formal enough for a tux. The shawl lapel without a noticeable cut or notch is popular and classy, while the peaked lapel is somewhat less formal but still looks great.

You can also pick whether to have no vent, which is the classic style, or to have double vents.

The other features, including the buttons and pockets, tend to be standard to a tux rather than personalized. For the pant, you can pick whether to have a silk or satin stripe on the side and whether it’s pleated or flat-fronted.

Other than that, you get to decide whether you want the optional pieces. You could add a vest or cummerbund to go under the jacket. You can also pick a pocket square or skip one.


To get the full look, it’s not just about the tuxedo itself. You’ll ruin the look completely if you don’t pair it with a quality white dress shirt, preferably choosing custom shirts. You also need a black bow tie or neck--with a matching finish to the tuxedo’s satin detail--and black oxford dress shoes. It’s also not a bad idea (but still optional) to have cufflinks and a nice watch.

You’ll be able to pick from different styles for your accessories to personalize your tux.

Start designing your custom tux and custom shirts through Enzo Custom. Visit one of our showrooms in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles or Beverly Hills, or create a custom suit through our website.

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