October 26, 2012

By Robert Ballew, internationally printed freelanceWardrobe Stylist-Costumer, is assigned between Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Scottsdale. He is known for his successful local, national and international, print, runway and film assignments. His love for architecture and over 20 years in the fashion industry, play a critical role in his approach to revealing confidence and style in models and real people all over the world.

JACKET. You may select a single, two or three-button black tux jacket. If you have a long torso, a three button may be the best place to start. To confirm you have the correct length jacket, place your hands down to your side. You should be able to wrap the tips of your fingers over the bottom edge of the jacket hem.

TROUSER. The waist should be measured no lower than an inch below the belly button, however if you normally wear your pants higher than this make sure to tell the tailor, so your trousers will be comfortable for you to wear. You can measure with or without your shoes. The measurement should be taken from the top of the pants down the side to the bottom of your heel. There should be very little brake to none (I like none). The hem should shiver on the top of the shoe, NOT puddle.

SHIRT. Your white tux shirt should be measured from the middle of the base of the neck, across the shoulder and down the arm about an inch below the wrist. For around the neck you should be able to put no more than two fingers between the tape measure and your neck. There should be very little blousing around the torso or excess shirt tails. The fit should be comfortable and clean. Minimizing the tuck in tails and blousing, minimizes the bulk tucked in your trouser and under your jacket. Your shirt collar style is up to you, “lay down” and “wing tip” are the most common.

TIE OR BOW TIE. Decide between a bow tie or a traditional tie. Pay attention to match to the jacket lapel, if in satin especially. The satin sheen can vary, be insistent, don’t let the salesperson hand you one willy-nilly, this is YOUR investment.

SHOE. We know if you rent a tux, they give you the shoes to wear, but those can be spotted a mile away and probably feel as if they have been worn a million more. If you are investing in a tuxedo, then go the extra ile and purchase your own formal shoes. Any fine department store, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom or Bloomingdale’s will be able to assist in selecting the proper one. Tie or slip-on, it’s totally up to you. Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Ted BAker and so many more are available to choose from… have a little fun!

Photos – Sara Johnson Photography
Models – Recio Jackson Courtier Ford Models
Hair – Veronica Peebles – Salon Stylush
Clothing – Mr. Formal