Bow vs. Necktie: Which Is Right for You?

Bow vs. Necktie: Which Is Right for You?

For men attending a formal event, a tie is an essential part of one’s ensemble. Unfortunately, it isn’t always a matter of snatching the first tie from one’s drawer. Different ties add a different element to one’s style and different types of ties may be more acceptable at different types of events.

If you would like to avoid a style or social faux pas, it’s essential to know how to decide between a bow or a necktie. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to decide.

What Are You Wearing?

Some formal attire is more flexible than others when it comes to the type of tie. In most cases, a bow tie is the correct formal choice if you’re wearing a tuxedo, especially one with a pleated shirt. However, if you’re wearing a suit to your event, you can usually decide between a necktie or bow tie. You have the same level of flexibility for wearing a dress shirt and suspenders.

How Formal Is the Event?

The term “black tie” event doesn’t refer to any old tie made out of black fabric. The term is supposed to call to mind a formal tuxedo. In other words, if you are going to a black tie event where you are expected to wear a proper tuxedo, you should be wearing a bow tie.

However, events where all the male guests are supposed to wear tuxedos can be few and far between. A necktie may also be acceptable if a formal event calls for men to wear suits. This includes events such as business conferences or evening weddings. If the event you are attending is considered “semi-formal,” you are free to choose between neckties and bow ties. However, one cannot forgo a tie altogether at these types of events.

What Is Your Style Preference?

This is all well and good if you are going to an event where both ties are acceptable, but it doesn’t necessarily make it easier to figure out how to decide whether to wear a bow tie or necktie. Here, it comes down to style preference.

Bow ties tend to be considered “statement pieces” these days. So if you enjoy making a splash at your event, you may prefer to wear a bow tie with a more casual outfit. However, if you want a more understated, professional look, the necktie may be preferable.

The color and pattern of the tie will also determine how much of a statement your tie will make. A brightly colored necktie may be seen as more of a statement than a neutral-colored bow tie. Whether you’re attending a wedding or looking for a quinceanera suit, Emanuele Tuxedo can help you find the perfect tie for your next event.

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What To Expect During a Tux or Suit Fitting

What To Expect During a Tux or Suit Fitting

Preparing for a wedding is a merry-go-round of appointments and events, from cake tastings to venue visits. Getting a tuxedo fitting is likely tucked in that massive pile of things to do as a groom. And with everything else you’re juggling, it’s easy to find the task overwhelming. The easiest way to take some of the stress out of the event is to know what to expect during a tux or suit fitting.

What Should You Wear to a Fitting?

When you go to a suit fitting, you want to get the best possible idea of how the suit will fit you. As such, you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing whatever undershirt you’re planning on wearing on the day of the ceremony to the fitting.

Your shoes will also play a role in determining how well your pants fit. If you already have the shoes you want to wear to the ceremony, it’s a good idea to bring them to the appointment, too. Otherwise, try to bring along shoes that are a similar style or height to what you’ll wear.

What Kinds of Measurements Will They Need?

Naturally, when you get to your appointment, employees will take your measurements. But you can save some time by taking your own measurements and bringing them to your appointment or sending them ahead. The most important measurements needed for a tux fitting are:

  • Chest
  • Waist
  • Overarm
  • Chest inseam and outseam
  • Neck
  • Hip
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Shoe size

How Does Trying On Pieces Work?

What you should expect from a tuxedo fitting depends on the type of shop that you’re visiting. In many stores, they will have you examine a variety of styles online, then have you try on a few “stock” suits when you arrive at the store to help determine the right size. From there, they’ll be able to find a suit that works.

However, more interactive tuxedo suit shops reject this model since the stock suits don’t give a clear picture of the final product. These shops will have you try on dress shirts, vests, jackets, and pants in the actual styles instead of using stock suits. The goal is to get you into the actual pieces that you’ll be wearing on your big day.

What Happens After the Fitting?

Once you choose your suit, whoever is helping you with your fitting will be able to determine if it’ll need any alterations. The store will usually handle these for you with an on-site tailor. Then, you’ll simply have to wait to pick up the suit or wait for the suit to be delivered to the location of your choice.

At Emanuele Tuxedo, we know that fittings can be stressful. Our wedding suit store makes things as easy as possible by fitting you with the suit you’ll be wearing and delivering your tuxedo for your big day.

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Tips for Dressing for a Summer Wedding as a Man

Tips for Dressing for a Summer Wedding as a Man

Summer is wedding season. It makes sense with long hours of daylight, warm sunshine, and ample outdoor and indoor venues available. However, dressing for a summer wedding as a man isn’t always as easy as planning the wedding. While the bride can easily choose a light, airy, and comfortable gown, a groom’s formalwear doesn’t always lend itself to the heat. But you don’t have to forgo comfort in the effort to dress for the occasion. Our tips are here to help.

Consider Venue

Even though we associate summer with heat, that doesn’t mean a summer wedding will always be sweltering. This largely depends on the venue. If you’re hosting an indoor wedding at a church or courthouse, you likely won’t have to worry about the heat as much as you would at an outdoor wedding.

Even among outdoor weddings, there may be some temperature differences. A beach wedding will be much warmer than a wedding in the mountains. And a wedding in an open field will be much warmer than one in the forest. The wedding’s location will help you determine just how many layers you want for your ensemble.

Consider Color

Weddings have long been considered a “black tie” event. However, black’s tendency to absorb heat makes it one of the warmest colors you can possibly wear, especially for an outdoor wedding.

Fortunately, black isn’t your only option for a suit or tuxedo.

Light colors tend to reflect heat rather than absorb it, keeping the wearer far cooler. Consider opting for a white or cream-colored suit for your big day.

Consider Fabric

Wool is the traditional tuxedo fabric because it is durable, water resistant, and breathable. But despite these qualities, wool is still generally considered a winter fabric because it is so warm. Because of this, many grooms deciding how to dress for their summer weddings opt for lighter-weight fabrics like linen or cotton.

Consider Style

Every wedding has a different style. For some, the wedding is all about dressing as formally as possible. For others, it’s about wearing whatever is comfortable; this is especially true for outdoor weddings in the middle of summer.

If you’re worried about the heat, consider adjusting your dress code to something more comfortable that accounts for the temperature and wedding venue location.

Whatever your wedding style, Emanuele Tuxedo wants you to look your best for your big day. That’s why our Chicago tuxedo store has been such a popular asset to our community for over forty years.

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Tips for Becoming the Perfect Chambelan

Tips for Becoming the Perfect Chambelan

The fiesta de quince años, or quinceañera, is a rite of passage in Latin American culture for 15-year-old girls, referred to as quinceañeras. The event is considered one of the most important in a woman’s life, where they experience song and dance in their honor. As the chambelan, making sure you fit the bill can be stressful. After all, the quinceañera is the person who you will celebrate with and escort into womanhood. No one is expecting you to make this decision lightly. To help ease the process, here are a few tips for becoming the perfect chambelan.

Consider Your Relationship With the Quinceañera

You’ll spend most of the event with the quinceañera, so it’s your job to make them as comfortable as possible. Many girls choose their fathers or brothers to be their chambelan. If they can’t make that work, they may choose a close friend, cousin, or uncle. Being chosen is an honor, so don’t take it lightly!

Plan Ahead

As a chambelan, you and the rest of the corte de honor (court of honor) will be responsible for planning the event, including rentals, dinner, dresses, and your quinceañera suit. You will also plan the surprise dance, rent the venue, and help the quinceañera prepare for her special evening by attending the rehearsal.

Make sure to make the event as unproblematic as possible. To make sure things run smoothly, start planning months in advance and make sure everything is taken care of a week prior at the latest. The quinceañera obviously can’t plan all this by herself—she is only 15—but you can get help from her father and other family members. Still, her input is necessary since this is her special day. Don’t leave her out of decisions, but don’t make her do the heavy lifting. That’s your job!

Cover the Expenses

If you’re a chambelan for hire, this point won’t apply to you. Instead of paying out of pocket, the company you work for will pay for any expenses. However, if you’re planning the event, you’re also responsible for paying for it. You can get help from the quinceañera’s father or other family members. Make this a team effort, and your date will appreciate it.

In short, these are just a few tips on how to become the perfect chambelan for your date. The process doesn’t need to be as stressful as you think. By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be able to make the quinceañera’s day memorable.

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The Essential Prom Planning Timeline for Guys

The Essential Prom Planning Timeline for Guys

For many students, prom is one of the most highly anticipated events of their high school experience. It’s a night to celebrate, but celebrations often take a good deal of planning. We’ve compiled the essential prom planning timeline for guys to walk you through every step of the process.

Three Months

The Date

Who you go to prom with will determine a lot of your plans. If you go with a few friends, your planning will be simple. But if you take a date, you will have to coordinate timelines, schedules, and color choices for your outfits. As such, you should ask your date to prom sooner rather than later.

The Budget

Before you race off to secure reservations and rentals, you should know how much you can afford to spend on each step. Start discussing expenses with your parents and date. If you need to take on a part-time job to pay for the event, this is the time to do it.

The Transportation

Some people choose to drive themselves to prom. However, if you think you might want to take a limo, keep in mind that limo rentals book out quickly during this time of year. Talk it over with your date and reserve your rental now if you choose to take a limo.

Two Months

The Tickets

This is probably the simplest item on a guy’s prom planning timeline, but it’s one of the easiest to forget. Set yourself a reminder to purchase your tickets as soon as possible.

The Tux

There are several factors to keep in mind when choosing your prom tuxedo. Naturally, you have to find a style that suits you and a cut that fits your body type. But you will also need to consider how to coordinate your suit with your date’s outfit.

There are a few ways to navigate making your outfits match. Some people combine a neutral-colored jacket and pants with a brightly colored vest and tie. Others choose a colorful jacket and pants. Be sure to communicate with your date and ask for pictures of their outfit so you can take this information to the tuxedo shop.

One Month

The Corsage

Prom season is a busy time for flower shops. As soon as you know the color of your date’s outfit, you should order their corsage in a matching color.

The Dinner Plans

Restaurants are always busy on Saturday nights, and they’re especially busy on the Saturday of prom. Ask your date whether they want to eat dinner before the dance, then make your reservations as soon as possible.

The Day Before

The Double-Check

This is the time to double-check that you have everything you need to avoid undue stress on prom night. The night before prom, make sure that you have:

  • The corsage (stored in the fridge)
  • Your tuxedo, shoes, and accessories
  • Your prom tickets
  • Your date’s address
  • The correct times and confirmations for your limo and dinner reservations

Planning for prom can be stressful, but with our tuxedo rentals in Chicago, you can be sure you’ll be dressed to the nines for a night you’ll never forget.

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A Guide to Being a Responsible Groomsman

A Guide to Being a Responsible Groomsman

As a groomsman, you have one of the best jobs in the world: helping your friend marry the love of his life. Whether you’re the best man or the last groomsman in the room, you get a front-row seat to one of the best parties your friend can ever throw.

However, just because a wedding is a celebration doesn’t mean there aren’t responsibilities involved, especially as a groomsman. That’s why we’re providing a guide to being a responsible groomsman.

Be Aware of Your Duties

When a groom chooses someone to be a groomsman, there is an unspoken agreement that they will handle certain duties related to the wedding. Knowing them the moment you agree to the role will help ensure you don’t put them off too long. A few of those responsibilities include:

  • Helping the groom pick out the wedding attire
  • Planning the bachelor party
  • Getting a gift for the groom
  • Attending pre-wedding events like the rehearsal dinner
  • Coming up with a speech or toast for the reception
  • Decorating the getaway car

Although these are the traditional groomsmen’s duties, that doesn’t mean it’s where your responsibilities end. Planning a wedding is a big job, and the groom will likely need help. If you’re able, try to offer your help with other wedding planning duties like finding vendors.

Procure Your Own Wedding Outfit

The bride and groom are in charge of deciding what the bridal party wears, but you’re responsible for getting your hands on your clothes for the wedding. There are a few options available for you. If you can afford it or the wedding is more casual, you can simply buy your wedding outfit. But if you don’t think you will wear your outfit again, you can always rent.

Support the Groom

There is a reason a groom picks someone to be their groomsman. It’s because they trust them to take care of their specific duties, yes. But almost more importantly, it’s because they trust them to be a support to them for one of the most significant events in their life.

Even if you can’t help plan the reception or shop for vendors, your emotional support is often just as valuable. Just picking up the phone from time to time to ask them how they’re doing or if they need anything will make you the best groomsman anyone can ask for.

At Emanuele Tuxedo, we know that figuring out how to be a responsible groomsman is important to you. That’s why we have affordable bridal tuxedo rental if you’re living in the Chicagoland area.

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Common Mistakes To Avoid When Wearing a Suit

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Wearing a Suit

Our clothing tends to communicate an idea. Wearing jeans and a flannel shirt may reflect a casual, down-to-earth attitude, while wearing bright colors may show a love of fun and adventure. And if there is one ensemble designed to convey an idea, it’s a suit.

But even though a suit should communicate confidence, elegance, or professionalism, that message can become muddied when you wear it incorrectly. To prevent this, keep in mind these common mistakes to avoid when wearing a suit.

Wearing It to the Wrong Occasion

Typically, people are more concerned with not dressing formally enough for a situation. But it’s still possible to dress too formally for an occasion. And that can lead to you feeling embarrassed or even coming across as rude.

While a job interview, a trip to a fancy theater, a funeral, or a wedding are nearly always appropriate times to wear a suit, you should leave it at home for the following situations:

  • A date at a casual venue
  • A dinner party without a formal dress code
  • Most outdoor events
  • Dinner at an informal restaurant

These days, even some traditionally formal events like weddings or church services may potentially have more relaxed dress codes. If you aren’t sure whether this is the right event for a suit, never be afraid to ask.


If you want to appear dressy without dressing too formally for the occasion, try only wearing parts of your suit. For instance, you can wear a suit without a tie or a suit jacket with jeans.

Choosing the Wrong Size

Getting the wrong size is one of the most common mistakes people make when wearing a suit. Wearing a suit that’s too tight or too loose can take away some of its formality.

When you try on the suit, make sure you can fit your hand between the jacket and your chest snuggly. If there’s too much space, it’s too big. If it’s too snug, then the suit is overly tight. The jacket sleeves should allow a quarter of an inch of your shirt to remain visible, and your trousers should end just above your shoes.

Buttoning the Jacket Incorrectly

Buttoning a suit jacket is a deceptively simple part of putting on a suit. There are several etiquette rules for buttoning the jacket and when you should unbutton it. The most common ones are:

  • You should never button the bottom button.
  • If you have a three-button jacket, you should fasten the middle button.
  • If you have a two-button jacket, you should fasten the top button.
  • If you have a three-button suit, buttoning the top button is optional.
  • You should always unbutton your suit jacket when you sit down.

At Emanuele Tuxedo, we want to ensure you communicate the right idea with your clothing. That’s why our Chicago men’s suit rental options feature high-quality suits. And our associates have the expertise to help you wear them correctly.

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The Top Tuxedos and Trends for Chambelanes

The Top Tuxedos and Trends for Chambelanes

Being a chambelan for a friend or relative’s quince is a considerable responsibility. There are dances to learn and your quinceañera to support. On top of that, you have to make sure you look the part by procuring the perfect tux that coordinates with the party’s color scheme and your fellow chambelanes.

This task can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the world of formalwear. But knowing the top tuxedos and trends for chambelanes will help you begin the process of pinning down your quince ensemble.

Patterned Vests or Jackets

When most people think of a tuxedo, the first image that pops into their head is a dashing man dressed in black and white. While this classic look is almost always a win, it isn’t the only way to go about wearing a tuxedo, especially at a high-energy party like a fiesta de quince años.

Wearing colorful suits with a paisley pattern is a great way to add a little fun to your look as a chambelan, especially if you choose a color that matches the quinceañera’s dress. If you want to keep your color pop a little more understated, you can also choose a patterned vest under a simple, black tuxedo jacket.

Bow Ties

Young men have been trading their traditional ties for bow ties years now, and they are still one of the more popular tuxedo trends for chambelanes. Bow ties’ frayed edges give them a more festive air than traditional ties while keeping with that formal air. They also provide you with another opportunity to tie in the party’s color scheme.


Along the lines of blending a more casual, festive look with the formality of a chambelan tuxedo is adding suspenders, especially if you aren’t doing a vest.

When wearing suspenders, you add them over the shirt and under the jacket. For a formal event, professionals typically recommend suspenders that are about one and a half inches wide. However, if the Corte de Honor is going for a more casual look, you can opt for thinner suspenders.

At Emanuele Tuxedo, we know that being a chambelan is a big responsibility. That’s why we provide reliable and affordable quinceañera tuxedo rentals. That way, you can spend less time worrying about your attire and more time focusing on supporting the birthday girl.

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