The Spring Tux

Spring will be here before we know it.  The Figawi Ball and wedding season loom heavy in the upcoming calendar and the old monkey suit hangs just as heavy in its dusty garment bag.  Time for a breezy spring sartorial tune-up.  Gone are the days when one could get away with a single tuxedo for all formal events.  It’s now time to think of formalwear seasonally.  Why sweat your way through those summer nights when designers are finally producing black-tie attire that will keep you cool on the ballroom dance floor?

3 New Tuxedos Keep You Cool While Looking Sharp

Thom Browne S/S 2011

Thom Browne produces three or four tuxedo designs in each collection, continuously experimenting with fabrics and cut.  This season he has produced lightweight tuxes in linen, cotton, and wool.  He has even incorporated a classic preppy shark-themed critter pattern.  Browne showed every pant in his spring/summer collection as shorts, but they all come as regular, unhemmed, trousers.  We at GG suggest you go with a classic, uncuffed, full-length pant.

J.Crew

J.Crew has created a cotton twill tuxedo in its more contemporary Ludlow fit.  It has the advantage of coming as separates, so you can choose the jacket and pant sizing independently;  great news for those who fall outside normal sizing systems.  This tuxedo is also well priced with the jacket at $358.00 and a trouser cost of $158.00, a total of $516.00 plus tax and shipping.  It also comes fast; most rush deliveries arrive in 2 days, making this tux the perfect last-minute buy.  One caveat: J.Crew’s jackets run 1½ to 2 inches longer than most contemporary designers, so shorter men may feel the fit a bit dress-like.

Hickey Freeman & Opening Ceremony

In the March 2011 GQ, Opening Ceremony creative director Humberto Leon said, “Every tuxedo I’ve ever tried on has been too heavy, with shoulders that have too much built into them.  This one’s lighter and slimmer—and less formal.  It’s an easy, versatile tux.” Classic, enduring, American style has kept Hickey Freeman going since the early years of the 20th century.  Their new collaboration with Opening Ceremony expounds upon that legacy: creating fresh, yet classically American looks.


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