Tuxedo Tidings



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One of the greatest rites of passage for men in our culture is the marriage proposal.

At some point in every man’s life, there’s going to come a time when he realizes that he’s dating the most amazing woman in the whole world.

And at that point, he’ll say to himself:

“I think it’s time to take the next step. It’s time to make this woman my fiance.”

On one hand, this is an incredibly happy realization. 

But on the flip side, it can also bring about a certain measure of anxiety.

There’s a lot of pressure that comes with planning the perfect proposal. 

And at this time of the year, a lot of men are focused on answering what is perhaps one of the most crucial and painfully obvious questions:

Should you ask the question on Valentine’s Day?

See, timing is extremely important when it comes to the marriage proposal. 

However, the proper execution of said proposal also plays a huge part in how memorable it will be. 

And that’s really what it comes down to. 

As a man, you want to orchestrate a proposal that’ll go down in the family history books as being truly memorable.

So—should you pop the question on Valentine’s Day, or should you avoid it and choose a different day? 

Let’s take a moment to examine the pros and cons. 

The Cons Of A Valentine’s Day Marriage Proposal

Let’s start off with the downsides. 

First of all, a lot of men might think that a Valentine’s proposal is just plain cheesy. 

Secondly, a lot of men fear that it’s just too predictable.

If you find yourself thinking…

“If I propose on Valentine’s Day, won’t that just make me look like a brainless guy who couldn’t come up with a better idea?”

…Well, you wouldn’t be alone. 

It’s probably safe to say that every man who has debated a Valentine’s Day proposal has dealt with exactly this same concern.

So let’s take a moment to examine the other side of the coin. 

The Pros Of A Valentine’s Day Marriage Proposal 

First of all, let’s not forget that Valentine’s Day is a holiday based on romance and love

As such, it’s important to understand that women do romanticize it. 

We’re going to go ahead and state the obvious here. There’s a 100% guaranteed chance that your girlfriend is expecting something special this Valentine’s Day. 

And if she’s already expecting a proposal anyway, she might even be wondering if February 14th will be the day when you’re going to go ahead and pop the question.

This can be a tricky situation to navigate. 

  • On one hand, you don’t want to be predictable. 
  • But on the other hand, you don’t want to pass up the perfect opportunity for a truly memorable marriage proposal. 

So Here’s The Answer…

In our experience, we’ve found that it really comes down to this:

Since you’re already going to be planning what is probably an incredibly special day on Valentine’s, adding a marriage proposal as the pièce de résistance will only serve to make it even better. 

Sure, in the back of her mind, she may be expecting it.

(Ladies have an instinct for this kind of thing, that’s for sure.)

But that’s not going to take away from the incredible joy and surprise she’ll feel when she actually sees you go down on that knee and hold up that ring.

And if you’re worried about it being tacky—well, as we mentioned before, how you do it will really make all the difference. 

So let’s also talk about that for a moment.

Planning The Perfect Valentine’s Marriage Proposal

As with most things, the devil is in the details when it comes to pulling off a proper Valentine’s Day proposal. 

First of all, you’ll want to be dressed to the nines. 

Not only will you want to be wearing an amazing tuxedo, but you’ll also want to make sure that you come in and get measured for it well beforehand

Secondly, you’re going to want to plan to take her somewhere amazing for dinner. 

You’ll also want to pick out the perfect engagement ring to present her with when you actually get down on your knee and ask her the question. 

You want this to be a truly magical moment.  

This isn’t one of those occasions where you’ll want to just slide by on the seat of your pants 

Trust us—this is worth doing right. 

You’re going to want to really take some time to plan it out. 

Of course, you’ll want to make the proposal itself personalized and memorable. 

And that’s where your own creativity comes in. 

If you need some help with this, or if you’d like some tips on how to pull it off without a hitch—feel free to stop in and chat with one of our experienced professionals. 

We’d love to bounce some ideas around and help you come up with the perfect proposal plan for your special day. 

In Conclusion 

We love Valentine’s Day proposals. 

And I don’t think we’ve ever yet seen a woman who regretted being asked the ‘big question’ on February 14th. 

It makes for a great story, and will create memories that’ll truly last a lifetime—especially if you do it right. 

So plan for it in advance, and make sure to look the part. 

In other words, make sure you get fitted for that tuxedo well ahead of time. Contact us today to make an appointment, and we’ll get you taken care of.

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With a new year already upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how you’d like to make 2022 different and better than 2021 (and the other years that came before it). 

Some people think that ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ are silly, and just an excuse to push off self-improvement until the next January 1st rolls around. 

But there’s also something to be said for the new beginnings that come from making it past such a significant milestone. 

And when it comes to self-improvement, it’s important to take personal style into consideration. 

The History Of The Tuxedo

Now, the history of the Tuxedo is actually pretty long and involved. 

But the short version is that it came onto the scene back in 1865. Prince Edward VII, the Prince of Wales at the time, commissioned an ensemble that was more formal than a lounge suit, that also carried with it a few ‘tailcoat’ design elements. 

As a result, the ‘dinner jacket’ was born. And it quickly became a fashion trend.

The Tuxedo’s Place In Modern Style

Nowadays, we tend to think of the tuxedo as the ultimate elegant eveningwear choice for men.

There’s no look that’s quite as ‘excellent’ as a man wearing a tuxedo for a formal occasion. 

But it’s also true that American style has changed so much over the past 70 years (especially post World War 2), that sometimes people aren’t completely sure when they should or shouldn’t wear for some types of special occasions. 

So in this post, you’re going to learn about some events where you can (and even should) most definitely consider a tuxedo as not only a relevant style option—but also as the default choice for certain types of gatherings and ensembles. 

If you want to level up your style and improve your tuxedo game in 2022, then these events should definitely be on your radar as tux-worthy.

5 Types Of Events To Wear A Tuxedo To In 2022

1. Weddings

Unless otherwise stated, it’s usually a good idea to assume that weddings are going to be black-tie affairs. 

This means that a tuxedo is generally the proper style choice for such an event. 

In some places (such as in England), tuxedos generally aren’t supposed to be worn until after dark. 

But in the United States, wearing a tux during the day has definitely been cleared as an acceptable practice—and even during the day, a tuxedo makes for a fine choice for wedding attendee attire. 

2. Theatre And Opera

Historically and culturally speaking, the theatre and the opera have long been considered the epitome of prestigious live art forms. And as such, viewers are generally expected to dress well when in attendance. 

This is another type of event where a tuxedo is not only considered appropriate—but also preferred as a style choice. 

Wearing a tuxedo while attending a live theatre or opera production will make you stand out. It’ll label you as a ‘true gentleman of culture,’ and is most definitely a positive and well-respected fashion statement. 

3. Prom

Prom is a rite of passage for many young men and women—an opportunity for introduction into the world of graceful, upstanding, and elegant social nightlife. 

For this reason, the tuxedo is the defacto prom style choice for men. It’ll empower them to broadcast tones of classiness, elegance, and sophistication. 

Choosing the proper tuxedo for prom is also important. 

This is a night you’ll look back on for years to come. Choosing the proper look will cement the evening in memory as one of timeless class. 

4. Official Societal Debuts

Any official ceremony where you’ll be coming together to pay homage, bestow or receive honors, take up a mantle of official office and/or public or civil responsibility, etc. will generally call for a tuxedo. 

Think about the Oscars, Presidential Inaugurations, honors banquets, the dedication of memorials, etc. 

Whether you are the focus of such an event or just in attendance, wearing a tuxedo broadcasts a powerful and elegant social message. 

It shows the world that you’re a man who takes the meaning behind this ceremony seriously—and that you’re the type of man who’s worthy of respectability in such circles. 

5. Special Events And Private Parties 

Private parties and special events also sometimes call for the wearing of a timeless, classic tuxedo. 

Of course, every specific event will be different. 

But as a general rule, you always want to stand out and make a statement. 

And the best way to do this is by being the best-dressed man in the room. 

Well, wearing a tuxedo gives you a lot of social power with which to accomplish this. 

It tells others a lot about you without you needing to ‘tell them about you.’ 

Plus, a classic tux is really coming back in as a style choice in 2022—even at more casual gatherings. 

You really can’t go wrong with this one. 


There you have it. 

5 types of events that may call for the wearing of a tuxedo. 

So make 2022 your most memorable year yet, and dress to impress for every occasion. Browse our online shop or drop by Karl’s Tuxedos to check out all the choices available for your next ‘tuxedo-wearing’ event!

Do you have any questions? Drop us a line or stop in. We’d love to help you out. 

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So you’re not in to choosing the colors of the bridesmaid’s dresses or what type of flowers will look best on the top of the cake…   But, we know you have an opinion about a few things and one of them is definitely about what YOU want to wear!

*Take advantage of the Groom’s Free Try-On offered by Karl’s and spend some time choosing your tuxedo.  This is a big deal, if you’re not comfortable with how you look and feel on your wedding day, it will show!  Try different fits, fabrics, and colors until you have found the perfect look.  Try some designer names like Michael Kors and Ike Behaar.  And you just never know when you might fall in love with a navy, grey or even paisley tuxedo. (Now we’re not saying you shouldn’t take your partner’s opinion into consideration here, because let’s face it, no one wants to spend time in the doghouse.)

*Get involved with the reception planning.  Discuss song choices with the band or dj and set up the wine list and/or beer menu.  If you are enjoying the music and drinks, your guests will see it and they will want to join in on the fun.  Offer your suggestions for the dinner menu as well.

*Help with the registry.  Ask any guy out there who has helped with this, and most of them wouldn’t say they hated carrying around that barcode scanner “shooting” the items they needed to complete their registry.  Don’t be afraid to register for things like games, camping equipment, or even TV’s.  Your guests may enjoy purchasing unique gifts.

*Arrange transportation for you and your guests.  Surprise your partner with a unique car or limo to transport the two of you from your ceremony to reception.  This will give you a moment to yourselves to take it all in before you get ready to party with your guests.  If you’ve got a large group coming into town, arrange for a limo to pick them up at the airport.  Your guests will love it, and you look like the hero!

*Honeymoon, Honeymoon, Honeymoon!  Visit travel agencies to get recommendations on honeymoon locations.  Gather information on your favorites to present to your partner such as brochures, prices, etc…  Your help will be appreciated!

*Offer any advice you can on family members and friends when it comes to seating charts.  You want your guests to enjoy who they are having dinner with.

*Be patient and supportive.  If you aren’t taking on the full reigns of planning your wedding, chances are your partner is.  There will be some stressful and emotional moments along the way.  In the end, all that matters is your love and commitment to one another.  Remind each other of this, and enjoy every minute together you can!

And, hey, if tying a few bows on some wedding favors earns you some bonus points, well… it’s probably worth it!