The tuxedos to invest in, for every budget

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With the Oscars and BAFTAs fast approaching, that means one thing; the best black tie looks to walk the red carpets. Looking back on what was seen already, from Golden Globe winner Ryan Gosling’s white tuxedo jacket paired with black trousers by Gucci, to Jim Chapman’s navy tuxedo by Dunhill at 2016’s BAFA awards, we’re anticipating some seriously suave black tie looks. So take a leaf from some of the best-dressed gentlemen, as we’ve selected the best tuxedos available now, for any budget.

The white tuxedo jacket

We all remember Sean Connery’s James Bond, where he sported the white tuxedo jacket in Goldfinger, and present-day Ryan Gosling’s equally sartorially impressive Gucci ensemble is a gentle reminder of how refreshing this look is. Marks & Spencer offers a suave example of a white evening jacket, paired with Reiss’ black tuxedo trousers. Traditionally, a lighter coloured tuxedo jacket (white, ivory, cream) was worn for summer events, but there’s something quite daring when breaking with tradition. Still not convinced? Might we add that Daniel Craig in Spectre also sported the white tux.

The navy tuxedo

Whilst the timeless peak-lapel black tuxedo isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, the recent popularity of navy as a dinner suit option has certainly gained momentum. And when it comes to the red carpet, a shawl collar as seen with Jim Chapman in Dunhill, is equally as dashing as their peak lapel counterparts. Stuck for choice? These days it’s really down to personal style, gentlemen, so a navy tuxedo with a peak or shawl lapel all nod towards modern sophistication. Opt for House of Fraser’s Corsivo two-piece in midnight navy and satin shawl collar, alternatively Hugo Boss’s ‘Aylor Herys Tuxedo’ is constructed in 130s virgin wool, and is the quintessential investment that will withstand the tests of time.

The velvet tuxedo

The perfect look for a formal party, stick to jewel tones for the dapper Tom Ford effect – as Aaron Taylor Johnson pulls off well. Your trousers should always be charcoal or black, with the braiding matching your jacket’s lapel and ideally your buttons, too. Saint Laurent’s midnight-blue velvet smoking jacket with visible stitching on its peak lapel only emphasises its impeccable tailoring, hand crafted in Italy. Pair them with Hackett’s slim tuxedo trousers to finesse timeless gentlemanly demeanour. Hugo Boss’s ‘Hayford’ black velvet jacket oozes suave sophistication thanks to its grosgrain silk shawl collar  – an equally timeless alternative to the classic black tuxedo. Paired with Ted Baker’s modern tuxedo trousers, the combination is certainly affable.

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