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The Tuxedo Manual

To help you decide which tux is for you, we broke down when and where to wear each of our well-tailored styles, from the impeccable classic to the rakish statement maker.

THE CLASSIC:
PEAK LAPEL

Details like satin lapels may reference the tuxedo’s forefather, the tailcoat, but our tux is cut slim for the modern guy in matte-finish wool from Italy’s Lanificio di Tollegno mill (est. 1862).

Wear it: For any traditional affair, from a wedding to a state dinner.

the Ludlow tuxedo in Italian wool


THE UPDATE:
NAVY WOOL

With the introduction of electric lights in the early 20th century, gentlemen noticed that black tuxes had a tendency to look slightly green under the new bulbs. Dark shades of midnight blue were a sharp way to correct the color problem.

Wear it: A natural fit for daytime weddings, since black is traditionally worn only after sundown.

the Ludlow tuxedo in navy Italian wool


THE SCENE STEALER:
SHAWL COLLAR

The trademark
curved collar gives
this tuxedo
a rakish air that
can be traced to
smoking jackets.

Wear it:
 Holiday parties, opening nights or anywhere else you want to make an impression.

the Ludlow shawl-collar tuxedo in Italian wool


THE STATEMENT:
WHITE DINNER JACKET

Fine dining in the tropics once required wearing a white jacket. Today, it’s more likely to be associated with a jet-setting secret agent and makes for a dashing alternative to the basic black look.

Wear it: Above or below the equator, whether you’re hosting that dinner party or crashing it.

the Ludlow dinner jacket


THE SEASONAL SOLUTION:
CHINO TUXEDO 

Wool might be the standard for formalwear, but it’s a little much for summer weddings. Opt instead for a classic tux design updated in a crisp, breathable cotton chino from Milan’s Larusmiani mill.

Wear it: To avoid sweating your way through those July ceremonies.

the Ludlow tuxedo in Italian chino


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