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Tips On How And When To Wear A White Tuxedo

There is a time and place for the white tux, but there are rules to follow if you want to pull off this look. Find out when and where to wear a white tuxedo.

White tuxedos are much less commonly seen than black tuxedos, but if you're willing to look a little different, you'll need to know when to wear one. There are several occasions where you can wear a white tuxedo to stand out from the standard black one. So, in this article, we will tell you how and when to wear a white tuxedo.

Ways To Conquer The Infamous White Tuxedo

Ways To Conquer The Infamous White Tuxedo

A few things instill panic in a man like hearing the words “white suit”. Forget about the need to constantly be aware of spills, messy food, and sticky fingers. The way to wear a white tuxedo is to think of it as a blank canvas. Use any patterned fabrics you want and pair them with the right accessories.

That being said, a white tuxedo is not for everyone. You have to carry yourself well, understand that it demands attention, and have a certain confidence in your own style not to look too much like a wedding guest. A high level of personal style is important to conquer this white tuxedo.

Occasions To Wear A White Tuxedo

Occasions To Wear A White Tuxedo

The most important thing to keep in mind when considering a white tuxedo for your next formal event is that this look is not appropriate for all occasions. So just when is the best time to do something light and bright. With that in mind, here are some occasions about wearing white suits:


Weddings for white tuxedo

Wearing a white tuxedo to a wedding, but most weddings do not call for white tuxedos. But, if you are at the wedding party, chime in on what color your fellow groomsmen are wearing. Then decide if you want to stand out or blend in with the rest of the group.

A daytime wedding during the summer months is perfect for a white tuxedo. With the bright sunlight, dark colors will feel hot and uncomfortable, so a lighter shade would be more forgiving in intense heat.

Beach weddings are a great opportunity to wear a white suit. If you find yourself at one beach wedding, in particular, there could be sand everywhere by the end of the night. So, wearing dark colors will only make this harder to clean up (and more abrasive on your shoes).


White tuxedo for prom

At proms, white creates a feeling of whimsy and innocence and creates separation between young men and older men. Proms are often held in the daytime, so wearing darker colors will make you feel hot and uncomfortable. In nighttime proms, it is also a good idea to wear lighter colors.

White tuxedos can be worn for most nighttime proms. If the event is being held during the day, a white suit will feel too casual and not fit with the atmosphere of formal dances.

Formal Events

Formal events for white tuxedo

White tuxedos are great for formal events that are taking place in extremely hot weather, such as an outdoor event at a country club, or some charity event where the “black tie” dress code is strictly enforced.

White tuxedos are simply spectacular for formal events during the winter months. Light colors fit perfectly with holiday parties and will also help you stand out from your fellow guests who are wearing dark suits. Women may even approach you more often at a white tuxedo.

White Tie Events

White tie events for white tuxedo

On the rare occasion that you receive an invitation to an event that specifies "white tie," you should wear a white tuxedo. In this type of event, you will be wearing more than just a tuxedo. You will also wear trousers, a white bow tie, a cummerbund, and a waistcoat (with matching buttons on the front).

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Different Combinations To Wear With A White Tuxedo

Different Combinations To Wear With A White Tuxedo

Based on how well you want to stand out from those around you, there are different combinations of fabrics and accessories that you can wear with your white tuxedo.

If the event is during the day or early evening, try pairing a white suit with a light-colored shirt. The simplest combination is to wear a white shirt with white pants, but for more complex looks you can opt for dotted shirts or even striped shirts.

Breakdown Of A White Tuxedo

Breakdown Of A White Tuxedo

The easiest way to start is by keeping all other classic elements to wear tuxedos the same while swapping out your black jacket on black tie events for a white jacket on white tie event. This means you should stick with a simple white dress shirt, well-fitting black tuxedo pants. And, of course, a white handkerchief in the pocket and all appropriate accessories (cuff links, bow tie, and shoes).

For a simple dress code, make sure the fabric is lightweight and wrinkle-free that are also easy to maintain. If you want to be a little more daring, you can try it in the summer season.

If you are wearing your white tuxedo at night, you can feel freer to wear a different kind of shirt.

Things To Consider In A White Tuxedo

Things To Consider In A White Tuxedo

The white dinner jacket’s origin on cruises and at tropical resorts speaks to its specific role as a less formal alternative to the traditional black-tie dressing.

Things to consider are given below:

Model And Style

Model And Style for white tuxedo

Single- or double-breasted models are both correct and both offer distinct advantages for warm-weather climates. In single-breasted jackets, opt for side vents over-center vents. This will give the white dinner jacket a more natural hang from your frame when you sit down or move about in tight quarters.

In a double-breasted model, pick a model with only one row of buttons so they remain symmetrical and balanced on each side of your center.


Fabric for white tuxedo

Although etiquette experts generally refer to this alternative jacket as a “white tuxedo jacket” rental shops are filled with brightly bleached. Should you purchase a tuxedo in white tie dress code, be sure to ask for one that is not over-processed.

The fabric of the tuxedo shirt should be plain white in smooth silk or satin for formal wear as a white tie event.


Finishes in white tuxedo

Traditionally, the lapels are self-facing meaning that they are covered in the same fabric as the rest of the jacket. Although you may see white dinner jackets with black velvet self-facing, this is considered incorrect.

Finishes can include satin, matte, shantung, grosgrain, or pick-stitch detailing. They are meant to accentuate the tuxedo’s formal attire nature and give it a crisp appearance.


Warm-weather trousers follow the same rules as classic trousers including their black or midnight-blue coloring and wool material. Trousers can also include side tabs or suspenders to help keep them in place.

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List Of Different Types Of  White Tuxedo

List Of Different Types Of  White Tuxedo

When searching for a tux, there are many factors to consider, starting with the fit, style, and overall pricing.

Here is a list of different types of white custom tuxedos that you can consider:

White 3 Piece Vested Shawl Lapel Tuxedo


White three-piece suits are perfect for any formal occasion. The single-breasted jacket features a single button closure, cutaway front, and a shawl lapel with a high peak. It is also fully lined and includes a welt breast pocket, silk-lined jetted pockets, and four interior pockets. The matching pants feature side tab adjusters and come in your choice of the regular or flat front.

White Slim Fit TailCoat Tuxedo

There is nothing that outdoes the formal look of this whitetail tuxedo jacket. It features the classic non-closing front with satin buttons for decoration. A white slim-fit tuxedo shirt is also included, along with a classic white bow tie and matching cummerbund. The pants can be worn as is or hemmed to your desired length.

Off White 1 Button Peak Lapel Tuxedo

Stand out from the crowd in this single-breasted off-white tuxedo with its slimming cut. The single-button closure features a peak lapel and the pant legs are finished with satin piping. This tuxedo jacket comes complete with notch lapels, satin buttons, side vents, four pockets (one of which is interior), and silk jetted pockets. The pants feature side tabs for security.

White One Button Shawl Collar Tuxedo

Shine at your next black tie or summer wedding event with this white shawl lapel tuxedo. It comes with a single-button closure and shawl lapels. It also features notch lapels, four outside pockets (including one interior pocket), silk-lined jetted pockets, and a single vent. The pants feature side tabs that come in regular or flat front styles.

White Peak Lapel Double Breasted Slim Fit Tuxedo

This white three-piece tuxedo has everything you need to look your best at a formal event. The peak lapel double-breasted jacket comes with a set of satin buttons and an interior pocket. You can also choose either the regular or slim-fit pant leg. The included dress shirt is made of white satin fabric.

White 3 Piece Vested Slim Fit Tuxedo

White 3 Piece Vested Slim Fit Tuxedo

A three-piece vested slim fit tuxedo comes with a single-breasted jacket featuring a shawl lapel and silk gauntlet cuffs. It also includes notch lapels, silk buttons, four outside pockets (including one interior pocket), and a single vent. The pants are satin with side tabs for security.

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Final Thoughts

So, would you like to wear a white tuxedo? It’s definitely a head-turner and can make you look quite dashing. Just be sure to follow our tips on how and when to wear one for the best results. And check out our Flexsuits tuxedo collection to order one or two white tuxedos.