Get a Tuxedo or Suit for Prom at CJM in Fort Wayne (and a Prom FAQ)

Get a Tuxedo or Suit for Prom at CJM in Fort Wayne

It is prom season here in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Christopher James Menswear has everything you need to look like the prom king, even if you don’t actually get the crown. We’ve also prepared answers to a few frequently asked questions about prom style etiquette, because, well, that’s what we do here at CJM.

Q: What’s the difference between a tux and a suit?

A: Basically, tuxedos have satin and suits don’t. A tuxedo typically has satin lapels, pocket trim, and buttons, and sometimes a stripe running down the side of the leg. A suit on the other hand, is made of all one fabric. Here is a helpful video that illustrates the differences.

Q:  So, should I wear a tux or suit to prom?
A: It is a matter of personal preference. Suits have become a popular, slightly more relaxed option for men who don’t feel comfortable super decked out. If you go with a suit, up your game with accessories like a pocket square, cufflinks, and a bow tie, and really nail the fit. If you wear a tux, be sure you have the right shoes.

If you want a tuxedo, Christopher James Menswear offers tuxedo rentals through our friends at Jim’s Formal Wear and can offer tons of options and advice on the best tux for you.

Q: Do my accessories have to match my date’s prom dress?
A: This is a question for your date. If she doesn’t have a preference, the choice is yours. Matching your accessories to your tux or suit is more traditional, while matching your date is a little more modern. If you do decide to match, just make sure your accessories are the exact same color.

Q: Should I get her a corsage?
A: Yes, and be sure to specify a wrist corsage when you order it. This will save you from the potential awkwardness of having to pin it on her dress (i.e. near her chest) in front of her parents. You’re welcome.

Q: Bow tie or long tie?
A: Personally, I say bow tie, because hey, it’s prom, and you might as well do it up and get fancy. Also, technically a bow tie is the correct neckwear option for a tuxedo. But this is 2014, and if you feel more comfortable in a long tie, that’s okay too.

A long tie emphasizes the V shape created by your shirt when your jacket is closed, which makes your shoulders look broad and your waist small (e.g. manly). A bow tie preserves the V shape as well, but draws more attention to your face (a tie draws the eye downward).


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