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A glossary of Tuxedo Terms and Wedding Tuxedo Styles

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morning coat

Weddings; Grooms

For formal daytime weddings, the groom wears the cutaway coat -- short in the front, long in the back, and tapering from the front waist button to a wide back tail. Cutaway jackets are either black ...


Weddings; Grooms

This collar style crosses in front and is fastened with a shiny button.

wing collar

Weddings; Grooms

The most formal choice and the collar style most often worn with tuxedo jackets, this stand-up collar has downward points.


Weddings; Grooms

If you choose a formal tuxedo, your trousers should match your jacket in style and color. If you’ll be in a formal daytime wedding and will wear a stroller coat or cutaway coat, wear gray or gray ...

peaked lapel

Weddings; Grooms

This broad, V-shaped lapel points up and out just below the collar line.

shawl collar

Weddings; Grooms

This is a smooth, rounded lapel with no notch.

notched lapel

Weddings; Grooms

This lapel features a triangular indention where the lapel joins the collar. This is considered the least formal lapel style.

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