How to Accessorize a Tuxedo for Any Occasion

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How to Accessorize a Tuxedo for Any Occasion

There’s more to wearing a tuxedo than putting on a tailored suit that meets tuxedo specifications. To make your tuxedo look shine, you need to wear the right accessories. However, that can be easier said than done, especially if you’re not used to putting together a formal look. A tuxedo on its own will always look good, but these are some ways you can dress up a tuxedo for any event that calls for one. 

Formal Event

Black tie events call for a subdued, classic look. Stick to neutral colors like dark gray, navy and black when searching for accessories. Your tuxedo should be black, and your shirt should be white. Straying from these rules is only acceptable if it’s a “creative black tie” event, which has more flexibility in the dress code. A black satin bow tie and cufflinks are essential at formal events. 


Weddings tend to have more flexibility than formal events, but that depends on the bride and groom. Refer to the dress code on the invitation. At weddings, accessories like monogrammed cufflinks or unique tie clips can dress up your look. Find out the wedding’s color scheme, and consider matching it. At the end of the day, you want to be well dressed without outshining the groom during his wedding. 

Business Event

At business meetings and networking events, you can showcase your personal style to a degree. Consider changing up the lapels on your tuxedo to something that represents you or your business. As far as other accessories go, try not to go too far beyond something you’d wear at the office or to an interview for your dream job. Keep it subtle, and make sure the accessories match the style of the event. 

Casual Occasion

Most men would avoid a tuxedo for a casual occasion, but maybe you love wearing your tuxedo and want to go all out. If you’re dressing up for a cocktail party or a date night, consider adding pops of color or fun patterns to your look. As long as there’s a clear theme to what you’re wearing, an occasion without a dress code is the perfect place to showcase your personal style. 

When you put on a tuxedo, you need to make sure you have all the right accessories to complete your look. The Lapel Project is here to help you make your tuxedo shine. We aim to make men’s fashion accessible, affordable and flexible with bow ties, custom lapels and more. Connect with us online to get started. 

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