The Casual Tuxedo

July 3rd, 2014

Yesterday’s post featuring Browne Andrews got me thinking.

One major advantage of buying a shawl collar tuxedo (over a peak lapel) is that you can wear it casually. It takes some confidence and some style savvy, but if done properly it can make for a very suave look.

Here’s three examples from the Articles of Style archives.

1. Tailored and Tanked

This particular tuxedo has a subtly casual design. Band of Outsiders already makes a trim and trendy cut, but this particular jacket has patch pockets and traditional horn (not satin-covered) buttons.

Browne offsets the shawl neckline perfectly with a complimentary scoop-neck tank.

A tapered & cropped hem with no socks is natural with this summer high/low.

2. A Black Tee Goes with Everything

I’ve been wearing this black t-shirt religiously lately. It’s not just any black t-shirt, it’s a perfect linen/cotton blend from Kenneth Cole circa 2009. I have some more luxury designer tees, but this one is just perfect. I actually picked up three of them as part of my prize package for winning Esquire’s “Best Dressed Real Man in America”. A lot has changed since then, but this tee has remained.

My go-to casual look lately has been a black tee, slim black waxed jeans, some type of black low-top footwear (sneaker, loafer, slipper, etc) with some kind of lightweight trim-fit jacket (black leather, grey denim, white dinner, etc). The bespoke white dinner jacket is obviously a little more forward…this was one of my fashion week looks.

3. Sharp Tux, Slouchy Knit

Our friend Marcus Allen (as featured here and here) knows a thing or two about blending casual with formal. Here he shows us how a not-so-midnight-blue tuxedo can look great for a casual afternoon in Soho. It doesn’t hurt that this is an absolutely beautiful handmade tuxedo by Brunello Cucinelli – with navy satin lapels and trouser stripe.

I also love how Marcus offset the trim tailored fit of the tux with an oversized and slouchy linen knit. That’s some next-level styling.


Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style

Photography by Alex Crawford