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Your suiting style is a great way to express your unique personality; color can suggest traditional values (black tux), modern thinking (blue tux) and a risk-taking rebellious soul (skull-and-crossbones pattern). Thus, picking the right color for your suit or tux isn’t as simple as you think. Sure, black and blue are easy enough to understand, but what does mauve and mustard say about you?
No matter what kind of tux you plan to wear, The Plunge has your back. We’ve put together this guide to show you how dozens of other men have worn their suits and tuxes. It should give you ideas, a starting point. Ultimately, the big question is: What color do you want for your suit or tux?
Black Suits & Tuxes
A black suit or tux is classic, timeless, and anyone will look good in one—if the fit is right. This is the perfect color for grooms that want to evoke a sense of refinement.
Think: Black jacket (velvet welcome) and pants with a white shirt (cufflinks preferred) and any kind of tie (bow-ties look fancy). Tie-clip optional.
Bonus points: Using your tie, pocket square, and boutonnière to add a splash of originality/color.
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Blue Suits & Tuxes
A blue suit or tux takes that classic feel and adds punch. This color works for grooms who want to be both classy and stylish—a little different. And there are dozens of blues in the spectrum.
Think: Midnight, vibrant, or pale shades of blue.
Bonus points: If the bride has a complementary color in her ensemble—remember you two will be photographed a zillion times together.
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Gray Suits & Tuxes
Gray suits or tuxes are a good in-between option for those who want something other than plain black, but aren’t ready to leap into color either.
Think: Deep charcoal or pale shades paired with a white shirt.
Bonus points: Finding a suit with an intricate weave like tweed to add textural interest.
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White/Tan Suits & Tuxes
Suits or tuxes in white and tan are for grooms who aren’t afraid of extra attention. But you’ll definitely want to ask the bride for permission before you don her traditional color.
Think: A monochromatic ensemble or just the jacket.
Bonus points: Adding a patterned shirt if you’re feeling frisky. But remember: Are you sure you will be glad you wore that shirt ten years from now?
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Unusual Suit Colors & Patterns
A brightly colored (or floral) suit is for grooms who throw caution to the wind and who are not afraid of standing out.
Think: Orange, green, mauve (see the first image below) and suits with some serious flower power.
Bonus points: Since you’re steering away from tradition anyway, why wear a tie? In one case below, the groom appears to have opted out of wearing a jacket. Now that’s a statement.
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