The Shawl Tuxedo: A Nightlife Essential

October 1st, 2014

Here at Articles of Style you know we love classic tailoring; especially formalwear.

There are essentially two tuxedo jacket styles in the traditional black tie handbook: a peak lapel jacket, and a shawl collar dinner jacket. We prefer the dinner jacket because it’s more versatile.

If you’ve been thinking about pulling the trigger on that badass midnight blue tuxedo, but haven’t been able to justify the number of occasions you could wear it, maybe this will get you over the hump.

Our main man Wes shows us how to wear a traditional midnight blue tuxedo for a black tie event, then he shows us how to wear the same jacket (and velvet slippers) for a casual night out on the town.

1. Black Tie


The midnight blue tuxedo is the ultimate in black tie attire. Make sure you’re prepared for those occasions when you are expected to look your best.


The devil is in the details; the hidden placket shirt, the silk bowtie to match the silk lapels, the one-button with toggle, the clean waistband, the hidden braces, etc.


You know Wes has to throw a spin on it, so he went with the “MAB” velvet slippers to represent for our friends over at Michael Andrews Bespoke.



  • Blue stripe Bespoke shirt by Fiorenzo D’Avino ·
  • Black bowtie by Brooks Brothers ·
  • Black silk formal braces by Trafalgar ·
  • Black velvet slippers
  • · Midnight blue tuxedo
  • · White formal shirt

Midnight Essential Tuxedo

Textured White Broadcloth Shirt

2. Black Out


Wes is the king of the formal jacket for a night out. Whether it’s a nightclub, bar, or house party, he dresses it down with ease using a white scoop-neck tee, slim black jeans, and the same velvet slippers.

As we’ve said many times before, a man doesn’t need a lot of items in his wardrobe, he just needs the right ones.


A well-fitted shawl collar should hug the shoulders and stay fitted around the neck, which is the key to being able to wear the jacket with or without a collared shirt.


Again, the devil is in the details; notice the symmetry and the clean lines here:


Well played, player.



  • Midnight blue tux jacket ·
  • White scoop neck tee by Urban Outfitters ·
  • Black jeans by Levis 511 ·
  • Black velvet slippers

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,



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