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How to Match Your Prom Dress and Tuxedo

If you're going to prom, you want to do so in style... but not if it means spending a fortune. Prom night is one of the most exciting nights of your life, where you dress up in formal wear and dance with friends. One of the most common ways to do this is by matching your date in a prom dress and a tuxedo. Matching prom dresses and tuxedos can be a hard thing to do but is an easy way to match your date without being overdone or boring, but there are many ways to approach this. Here, we will show you exactly how to match your prom dress and tuxedo for a stylish, cohesive look.

Aspects for Matching

Prom Suit and Dress Matching aspects

If you want to match your dress with your date, there are a lot of things to consider. Prom dresses and tuxedos should be matched to be cohesive and stylish. There are many aspects that you might consider for matching purposes for prom dresses. The main factors that are considered while matching the prom dress with the tuxedo are color, type of fabric, and accessories.

Selection Of Fabric/Texture

Selection of suit fabric texture

When it comes to matching prom dresses and tuxedos. the material of your outfit is very important. A Prom dress can be made from any wide variety of materials, which includes velvet, silk satin, polyester/rayon, chiffon, tulle, and beaded/sequined fabrics. Tuxedos and suits are equally diverse, being made of wool, tweed, velvet, and silk satin, all in different arrays of weaves. If one plans to wear a basic wool tuxedo, the other has a lot of room for creativity in their dress choice. If they choose a more specialized type of fabric, like satin, it would make more sense to match that.


Suit and Dress Color matching

Color is a deceptively complicated topic when it comes to date's prom dress. To make it a little easier, it’s usually a good idea to divide colors in accordance to temperature – warm, cold, or neutral. Warm colorations are reds, pinks, oranges, earthy browns and beiges, and yellows. Cool colorations are blues, purples, greens, teals, and indigos. White, black, and grey are impartial and can be paired with colors of any temperature.

Depending on the color, it may be good to match dominating colors on both outfits and have the same color. For example, a bright orange dress should match an orange bow tie on a tuxedo.


Prom Accessories for suit

Once you’ve determined colors and fabrics, it’s time to pick out accessories! Most people have a love or a hate relationship with them. On one hand, it’s exciting because there are so many options for variety and uniqueness; on the other, the number of different accessories may also be overwhelming.

Examples of different add-ons include:

  • Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings
  • Hair decorations (combs, headbands, clips, etc.)
  • Purses
  • Cufflinks and buttons
  • Bow tie
  • pocket square
  • Neckties (standard, bowties, ascots, etc.)
  • Pocket squares and handkerchiefs
  • Scarves
  • Shoes

Matching Tips

 Matching your prom date can seem like a daunting task. Here are a few tips to ease the burden:

Consider the Theme of Your Prom

Prom Theme for men

Finding ideas for prom dresses can be difficult. If you don't seem to be certain about the place to begin when selecting a color scheme for your prom outfit and your date's outfit, start by considering your prom's theme. Oftentimes, this can be a great source of inspiration for what a couple should wear on the big night. Consider just going with the classic look and wear black or even a white tuxedo.

Divide Colors Into Categories

When mixing colors and approximating matches, make sure you stick to either warm, cold, or neutral colors. Warm colors and shades include red, pink, orange, browns, and beige. Cool colors include blue, purple, green, teal, and indigo. White and black can go with any color as a neutral tone for your outfit. We recommend warm colors to contrast other warm colors to give a little personal style.

When going for a neutral tone, you can also spice up your outfit a little bit by adding a little flair of color. For example, if you’re a girl wearing a dress, add some red shoes or a red purse. If you’re a boy, add a red tie or red cufflinks to your tuxedo.

Buy the Dress First

Prom Dress

Buying a prom dress is always harder than buying a tuxedo. Prom dresses are usually more expensive and typically take much longer to shop for. If you buy the dress first, you will have a better idea about what color and fabric would look best with it and can work that into your outfit.

Furthermore, it will be easier to shop for shoes, purses, and other accessories that you want to match with your dress. This will also make it easier to shop for a tuxedo and can give a baseline for what you should look for.

Matching A Dress With His Tux

Matching a Dress with a Tux

If making matters as easy as possible is important to you, all you have to do is find a black dress to match your date's black tuxedo. This takes all of the stress of picking out a color and black never goes out of style. Finding the best prom suits can be difficult, but choosing an easy color scheme to match will make it easier.

It also gives you a lot of freedom to match your accessories as a couple. For example, cuff links, belts, ties, or shoes could match with the dress wearer's shoes and purse for a very professionally-styled and coordinated look.

Matching A Dress With Accessories

Matching a dress with accessories for prom

If you're wearing heels, wear ones that match your handbag or purse. If she is wearing heels, wear shoes that match your belt or tie! Colors can vary widely so don't be afraid to branch out. Neutral colors like black and white are not difficult to mix with many others because they can help coordinate almost anything.

Match Dresses With A Group

Matching prom dress with group

If you are going with a group and not a date, matching a date's prom dress can seem even more daunting. For exact matches, it is recommended that you each purchase the same dress and accessories. However, finding a date's dress and accessories that coordinate is just as good. Cold colors often work well with each other and you can easily spice up your look by adding accessories like a gray purse or red shoes.

Don't Worry About Perfection

Prom Perfection

Of course, we all aim for the best matching prom outfits but don’t stress about matching each and every single detail. It can be easy to look too far into everything, but remember that no matter what you’ll be wearing, if you put on it with confidence, you’ll appear incredible anyway.

Keep It Simple

Simple dress and suit for prom

Remember that deciding on what to wear does not need to be stressful. The most important thing is to make sure you and your date feel confident and comfortable in the clothes you choose.

Take it from those who have been there: even if everything matches, being self-conscious will ruin your prom night.

Ways To Take Care And Clean Your Best Clothes

Ways to keep Prom Clothes


Once you own your prom clothes, you're going to need them again at some point in the future. It is always good to keep a few of your old prom clothes on hand for certain occasions. For example, you might want to take one of your best dresses with you to dinner at a fancy restaurant before going out to dance the night away.

After wearing it, however, you'll need to care for it well enough that it will be in top form when you want to wear it again.

Here are some tips on how to keep your favorite prom clothes in tip-top shape:

  1. Don't put them away scrunched up in the back of your closet. If you're not wearing them immediately after wearing them, hang them up so they will retain their proper forms when you want to wear them again.
  2. When wearing a dress, do not sit on it when you have your shoes on. The hem will pick up lint from the carpet and when wearing heels, dragging the bottom of the dress across the ground can damage it.
  3. Keep them safe in a storage box if they are expensive or irreplaceable so that other garments can't damage them.
  4. Dry clean your clothes. When they are dry-cleaned, the chemicals used in this process will remove any stains and dirt while keeping them in pristine condition.

Final Thoughts 

Altogether,  it is important to have a full understanding of the different styles so you can find the pieces that will look best on your body. Having an idea about how color and cut relate as well as some information about accessories will help you choose new clothes without any trouble at all.

Once you know the color combination come to check us out at Flex Suits. We have Prom Suits that come in a variety of colors and patterns. Visit for more information.