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The jacket is the essential piece of the groom and groomsmen's formal wear ensemble. Like suit jackets, they come in a range of styles, from hideous to GQ.

A typical tux jacket will be single breasted and button in the middle (as opposed to double breasted, which wraps across your chest.)

There is really no difference between a tuxedo jacket and a suit jacket, with the exception of the face of the lapel, which is made of satin, and gives it a distinct satin-y sheen. All of the regular sizes you're used to are available. 42 regular in a suit? The same goes for your tuxedo jacket.

Long and short jackets are available, with two to five buttons. If you are under six feet tall, proceed with caution. Long jackets may make you look shorter. (Probably why they're a favorite suit jacket of overpaid NBA stars.) Tuxedos with five buttons belong on tall people. Between 5'8" and 6'? You can handle four buttons. Deviate from these guidelines at your own peril. You'll watch your wedding video for years after your wedding (often against your will); trust us - it's not as much fun if in retrospect you realize look like a runt.

Lapel styles

Frankly, lapel styles should not matter much to the groom. As you can tell from the image on the screen, the differences are minute. Of the three styles, a peak lapel remains the most popular. Know that your wedding isn't going to go down in flames because you picked a notch versus peak lapel.

Peak lapel

The name "peak lapel" doesn't really tell you very much about what this lapel is all about. That said, the peak lapel is the most common lapel style. It forms a "V".

Notch lapel

A notch lapel is just as the name suggests - a notch is "cut out" of the lapel.

Shawl lapel

The shawl lapel is a rounded, smooth lapel running from the collar down the front of the lapel.

How many buttons to leave open?

Never button all the buttons on your jacket. As a rule, button one less than you have, and always leave the bottom button open.

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Love this: "Know that your wedding isn't going to go down in flames because you picked a notch versus peak lapel." Very true! It is also true, however, that this is arguably one of the most (if not the most) important suits you will ever wear, so make sure you do your homework ahead of time! Go with a well-established business that holds a solid reputation for providing men with quality suits. Now of all times, do not skimp on quality! The best formalwear companies will have knowledgeable, experienced salesmen on hand to explain your different style options. There are also a wide range of fabrics and color shades available, and a lot of that will come down to your - and possibly your bride's- preference. At the end of the day, you want to feel your best so you can focus on your wedding and your bride, not on the way your suit looks!
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I never thought that grooms tuxedos are different from one another as I thought they are the same and it was the bride that should have to deal with problems on her wedding gown, boy, I was so wrong. Thanks for these distinctions on tuxedo long jackets as I can now impress my fiance with the knowledge and would make her believe that I am not as clueless as she might think. I just hope that she will not ask me to come with her during her shopping moments, as I would rather be stuck in traffic than follow her all around.
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Wow - this has a few doozies in it. First of all, a dinner jacket (the proper name for a "tux" jacket) is different than a suit jacket. It has a different facing and different types of buttons (it does fit the same size wise) and only has a single button to fasten it for starters. Although I have seen well dressed men wearing dinner jackets with notch lapels, they are a sartorial mistake and best avoided in my view. Finally, although most dinner jackets are single breasted, the double breasted is an elegant alternative for those who wish to stand out a bit.

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