Tux with tails
Most of the men are aware of the tuxedo as the most formal outfit among the menswear. This is partially true but there is another attire that is more formal than the tuxedo look. This is the most formal type of menswear and therefore very rare to be seen in daily life. Most of the men around the world would have never seen people wearing this attire in real life. Yes we are talking about the tailcoat tuxedos.
The tux with tails are characterized by the knee length coat with the rear portion like a skirt with its front portion cut away. This is called as the tail and thus the name tailcoat. If you are a North American you may know it simply as a tailcoat but this garment is properly known as an evening tailcoat or dress coat so as to not confuse it with formal day tailcoat. The difference between the morning tailcoat and the evening one is in the details. The morning coat also known as cutaway is a single breasted model which has its skirt tapering gradually with self faced lapels but in the case of evening coat they are a double breasted model which is characterized by a cut away skirt and lapels which are silk faced.
To delve more about the characteristics of the evening tux with tails, these coats should fit the wearer's body perfectly since they are cut in a way that they cannot be closed or buttoned. Thus the coat should be designed in a way so that it contours to the body of the wearer perfectly. Therefore if you are thinking of getting a tux with tails it may be best for you to find a tailor who can do the job perfectly. Off the rack tux with tails are available but for a proper look it may be imperative to get it custom made. Tux with tails are the most formal type of outfit and hence you are only going to wear it for the most important events and hence it may always be a smart choice to get it tailored according to your physique. But if you are on budget shopping take some extra time to get the fit atleast good if not perfect. This tux with tails outfit has a reputation of greatly aiding the wearer's look regardless of their body shape or structure. It does not matter if the man is short, lanky or fat the outfit aacentuates all the good points and hides the drawbacks, provided the fit of the garment is perfect.
To elaborate on the subject the tailcoats design is such that it is particularly designed to add stature to the men who are short. This is because of the fact that the garment visually elevate the waistline and thus in turn makes the short men look taller. This is like any other tailored jacket such that the tailcoats waistline lies on the natural waist one if the wearer but the provision that is not in other jackets is the coat front and the white waistcoat that you wear with the tailcoat. The black trousers and the white waistcoat create a dividing line between the upper torso and the lower torso. What we do is to purposefully raise this visual dividing line and thus in turn create an illusion of longer legs. In earlier times people used to have this waistline raised dramatically high to create the longer legs look and this was greatly favoured by the English around the 1930s.
All these details of the dress code for the tux with tails are the ones that are being the norm since they were described in the 1913 issue of the Vanity Fair. The front of the coat is mostly to be left open thus exposing considerable amount of the shirt material and with the lapels rolling to the length a little below the top button of the waistcoat and then it slants away to the edge and then again goes upward and rounds into the skirt. As for the main charcateristic of the outfit, the tails it is the norm that there shouldn't be a single crease in the back of the tails. Though it seems practically impossible you get the gist of it. As for the fit of this tux with tails the collar of the coat must be in a way that it fits you snugly at the neck and also should be high enough so that it covers the shirt collars rear stud and the band if the bow tie but at the same time it shouldn't completely cover it with the allowance of significant white to still remain visible.
As for the fabric of the tux with tails the most common fabric that is used is the wool. In the earlier time that is in the Victorian era worsted wool with understated finish has been the most preferred fabric while the British men preferred going with Barathea. This was the practice from teh 1850s to the 1920s when the black was the norm for the evening wear. Only by the 1920s the people started to alter the black with the midnight blue. By the 1950s people resorted to using mohair and wool blends so as to add a particular sheen to the otherwise dull suit.
Back in the early times black tie and white tie were the two categories of the mens formal evening wear and these were best to worn in the evening that is after six o clock or after sundown whichever comes first. The original purpose of these formal wears is that people would change into new clothes so as to leave behind the dirt and grime of the days works and come fresh in the evening. This was the practical reason before the introduction of automobiles and after that the distinction between the morning and evening wear became somewhat hazy. But people still distinguished it based on the aesthetics as opposed to the practicality as done before.
The tux with tails were the formal type of clothes that was expected of a man in the evenings and on formal gatherings. This changed after the World War I and by the end of it the tux with tails were restricted to be used for the formal type of events. At the end of the World War II the business suit became widely accepted to both casual and formal events that futhermore restricting the usage of the tux with tails to the most formal type of events that were very rare to occur even at those times.
Today the tradition has carried on and it is accepted still that tuxedos and tux with tails should never be seen in broad daylight. But this rule is not very strictly followed with certain relaxations always in due. This is especially impossible in certain part of the world where some countries which have extreme summers and where sundown is not defined by 6 O clock. Only in some countries the usage of tux with tails exists like the United Kingdom, Western Europe and Japan where the evening rule is still followed. As for the United States the practice of wearing tux with tails has very much diminished with the people considering the normal tuxedos to be the all purpose formal wear.
But if you are still wondering about the tux with tails attire or you live in the country that still has this dress code followed then here are some tips on when you can wear it and how to wear it. First of all the white tie events are the ones that strictly demand the attendee to be in tux with tails. If you are a person who likes to go through a long list of strict regulations for the dress codes then white tie events are the perfect ones for you. These are serious events and therefore the fundamentals cannot be deviated from and there are some strict rules that you have to abide by. These type of events aren't very common and mostly only happen among the elite classes like the royals or the Hollywood stars. Now if you are one among the two or a guest invited to the white tie event then make sure that you are dressed properly for the event and also behave in a proper way all through the event.
First of all if you see the words " white tie " in your event invitation then it is the irrefutable sign that you should get ready with your tux with tails. Also if not direct search for indirect indications like full evening dress, tails or a dress suit since all this refers to the tux with tails attire. Also remember that the white tie events are the most formal type of events there are. As we said before this may be for a royal wedding, state or livery ceremonies, balls or banquets. The difference between the black tie and the white tie attire is in the details. The most obvious difference that you can find is that in the white tie attire is that the waistcoat that you wear should be white and the tailcoat is definitely required.
As for the other details it is important that you wear a white bow tie and also that it is to be hand tied. Pre tied bow ties should be avoided in all cases since they look fake and aren't even appropriate to wear by a teenager to the prom night. There are a lot of tutorials that teach how to tie a bow tie and it is not even that hard. As for the jacket it should be an evening tailcoat and never confuse it with the morning tailcoat and this can be done only if you know the difference ( one that we have described above ). The evening tailcoat should always be worn unbuttoned and must have peak lapels. The trousers should be high waisted with the two lines of braid down the outside. In the earlier times the fit of the trousers were baggy but nowadays the baggy fit is not preferred since it defects from the overall elegant look of the outfit. As for the shirt it must be a stiff white evening shirt that can be either plain or pleated. The shirt must have wing collars and folded cuffs. Since it a formal event cufflinks become a necessity and instead of buttons you can go with the studs that are of mother of pearl or something lighter. The last thing is the waistcoat. It should be cut in a way so that the shirt fabric shows and the bottom of the waistcoat shouldn't stick out of the jacket. This is a subtle point but one that you should definitely focus on to get a perfect look. As for the accessories, the top hat was a famous one in the 1920s tailcoat fashion and gloves can be a good choice. Top hats aren't very common nowadays but wearing gloves is still preferred by some men. Another strange addition is a dress cane but it may be a good choice to skip it. The shoes can be a pair of black patent leather shoes with black laces or black ribbon. They should be paired with black evening socks or simply Palin black ones.
Most of the time a large population men do not attend a white tie event in their lifetime and this does not mean you should never try out the tailcoat fashion. A lot of people now tend to adopt this tux with tails fashion for their weddings. Another option for you to try on this tux with tails style is in a costume party. For these type of events you can go with colored and fashionable ones like red long tailcoat tuxedo, velvet trim tuxedo tailcoat, paisley black tail tuxedo, sequin shiny tuxedo tailcoat, gold tailcoat tuxedo, purple tailcoat tuxedo, off white tailcoat tuxedo, ivory tailcoat tuxedo and many others.