Just simply wearing a tuxedo does not automatically assures refinement and elegance, in fact, there are some rules to be followed as to make the black-tie ensemble really impeccable and avoid making obvious mistakes.
It was used as an elegant evening attire, however, because of the Prince of Wales Edward VII who in 1865 commissioned to his tailor Henry Poole to create a short blue evening jacket, to be used for informal evenings in his country estate of Sandringham.
Since its origins, tuxedo has always been considered the evening outfit par excellence. The original purpose of this elegant clothing was to replace the suit worn all day, allowing men to leave behind the dirt and smell of a day spent on horseback.
The choice of wearing a tuxedo epitomize the desire – among people of high social inclination – to be fresh, clean and as attractive as possible when meeting on evening social events and attending high spirits affairs. This tradition was maintained also with the beginning of the use of the automobile, when there was no practical justification.
As a general rule, boys should not wear tuxedos before the age of fifteen. These are rules that date back to the ’60s, but these guidelines remain perfectly relevant even today.
Today, most formal events requiring tuxes explicitly states the same on the invitation or in other forms of guest instructions, usually indicating that it would be a “black tie” dress code.
However, there are some occasions where the use of the tuxedo is implied and awaited, or at least warmly recommended.
Theatre and Opera
Opera and theatre are traditionally considered the most prestigious of all art forms and as a result, have always required viewers to dress the most formal style of clothing. During special events like the first of the ballets or the opening evenings of important theatrical shows, it is still common in many cities to see the best seats occupied by fans dressed in tuxedos.
Debut in society
The debutante ball or deb – is a formal event that involves the formal introduction of young women as she has reached maturity typically 17 or 18 – into society as a new adult. Although this occasion is limited to a very young and restricted band of society, the dress code for men attending this dance usually requires a tuxedo.
If you are invited to a late afternoon wedding, which takes place in a cathedral and is followed by an elaborate reception, it is likely that the bride and groom may have decided to opt for a black-tie dress code. Considering that the official etiquette requires to wear a tuxedo only in the evening, the use of this type of dress is recommended only if the wedding takes place after 18 (or after sunset).
Also if it is good to remember if you are invited to a wedding in the United States that will take place during the day, wearing a tuxedo could, therefore, be admitted. Only in U.S.
Why we call it Tuxedo?
In origin said English “dinner jacket” but now everyone know and use the word “tuxedo” (because of its original word spread starting from the homonymous village of Tuxedo Park).