Suits for Guys to Wear to Prom


When the subject of prom fashion comes up, usually it's the girls who get all of the attention; there are a seemingly endless number of articles about cute hair, make-up and prom dresses. But what about the guys? Even in this time of (often sloppy) comfort dressing, most boys want to dress well for the prom too. Luckily, there are many options out there, from various versions of the tuxedo to suits that are formal enough to wear to this milestone in a teen boy's life. The only thing he will have to do is decide which direction suits his taste and personal style.

Classic Tuxedo

  • You can't go wrong with the classic tuxedo -- just ask James Bond who knew how to wear one with ease. This means a black dinner jacket with satin lapels and matching pants. But you do need to make sure you get one that fits well. Avoid trousers that are too baggy or they will look sloppy. Jacket sleeves should hit the wrist bone. Shirts look best with sleeves that are about one-inch longer than the jacket sleeves. (This allows the cuffs to just peak out from beneath.) The jacket hem should be as long enough to reach your fingertips while your arms are hanging straight down.

Tux with Tails

  • Lately, men's fashion has been reviving old styles of the early 20th century. You can do so too at the prom and wear tails. A jacket with tails is cropped short in the front, to the waist, and dips longer and lower in the back, to about the knees. Underneath the jacket, you can wear a vest that matches your bow tie. This head-to-toe look is very daring so only attempt it if you don't mind looking different from the rest of the crowd.

Dinner Jacket Suit

  • If basic black seems a little boring for you, then perhaps wearing a dinner jacket suit is up your alley. Dinner jackets come in several different colors, but the most popular is white. The lapels vary - either shawl collar or peaked -- and are often rendered in contrasting black. For those who are bolder, dinner jackets are available in other shades, like dark red and navy blue, and even in plaid patterns. They usually come equipped with black pants and black bow tie.

One or Two Button Suit

  • If you want to avoid a tuxedo and wear a suit instead, there are some rules to follow. After all, the prom is a formal event and you don't want to dress too casually. Wear a suit that is either one or two buttons in the front -- more buttons will cover too much of your shirt. Opt for a suit in a dark color to promote elegance. Black is always a winner but dark navy blue works for those who are a little adventurous. And wear a long tie that has character and style. Bold color like deep red or emerald green will personalize your ensemble on this festive occasion.


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