It’s time for prom and you’ve been tasked with renting the perfect tuxedo to compliment your date. Seems simple enough. How hard could it be?Well. About that.

There’s actually a lot to consider. Luckily, at Miguel’s Formal Wear, we’re basically formal wear nerds. Formal wear is what we do for a living. We’ve thought ahead for you and are happy to guide you through every step to make the process of renting the perfect tuxedo as easy-peasy as possible.

Frequently Asked Prom Questions

What’s the difference between a tuxedo and a suit for prom?


The primary physical difference between a tuxedo and a suit is the presence of satin. Tuxedos have satin facing on the lapels, buttons, pocket trim, and a satin side stripe down the leg of the trousers. Suits don’t incorporate any satin and usually have either plastic buttons or buttons faced with the same fabric as the coat (aka self buttons.)

But more than the physical difference, it’s important to note that a tuxedo sends a different message than a suit does.
A prom tuxedo sends the message that you’re wearing something specifically for this memorable occasion and you would look out of place anywhere else. It commemorates the event in a way that a suit can’t. You can certainly look incredibly dapper in a suit, but you can wear a suit anywhere, any day, regardless of whether you typically do or not. A tuxedo is a special ensemble that you only wear for special occasions. That’s the point of it, and the reason we prefer tuxedos over suits for proms.

Do my accessories have to match my date’s prom dress?


Black Tie or Matching Accessories?

Well, if you want to play it smart, you definitely want your accessories to match. The question here is what they should match: the rest of your tuxedo, or your date’s dress? There is usually only one right answer to this question. The problem is, only one person knows that answer. Your date. But if she doesn’t have an opinion either way, here’s some fodder for your case, whichever way you’re leaning.

To Match the Dress:
The current trend of matching your date’s prom dress is a fairly modern one and it serves as a way for a couple to look and feel like a matching set. The sentiment is visually and emotionally appealing to most prom couples. And it’s also a way for your date to claim you as hers. And that’s not a bad thing. But because of that, one thing you definitely want to avoid is going with a colorful vest/cummerbund and tie combo that is a different color from your date’s. That could send the message that you’re with someone else, and that’s bad for obvious reasons.

To Match the Tuxedo:
Traditionally speaking, men wear accessories that match the tuxedo they are wearing. The timeless look of course is known as Black Tie, which pairs a black bow tie and cummerbund (or low-cut vest) with a black tuxedo, but the same principle applies for any color tuxedo. Whether you’re wearing a black, grey, tan, silver, brown, white, ivory, or other colored tuxedo, matching accessories is a great look. It’s not only masculine, it’s also pretty chivalrous. Here’s why. When your accessories match your tuxedo, they don’t particularly stand out. That means that your accessories don’t draw attention away from your date. Good formal wear is all about accentuating your best features, and in this context, your best feature is her.