National Tuxedo Day

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Get ready to suit up and look dashing because National Tuxedo Day is here! This is the perfect occasion to embrace your inner James Bond or Audrey Hepburn and rock that sleek and sophisticated tuxedo. Whether you have a fancy event to attend or just want to feel extra suave, this day celebrates the timeless elegance of the tuxedo. So, let's dive into the history of this formal attire and discover the stylish secrets behind National Tuxedo Day!

When is Tuxedo Day?

It's national tuxedo day on the 5th October.

A Brief History of the Tuxedo

Did you know that the tuxedo was originally inspired by a trip to the Tuxedo Park in New York? Back in the late 1800s, a certain James Brown Potter, an American millionaire, attended a social event in England. He encountered the Prince of Wales, who was dressed in a suit jacket without a tail. Impressed by this unconventional style, Potter brought it back to the United States and introduced it to his tailor, named Griswold Lorillard.

Lorillard decided to modify the jacket by adding satin lapels and a satin stripe down the sides of the trousers. The suit became an instant hit and gained popularity among other members of New York's high society. It wasn't long before the style spread like wildfire, and the tuxedo was born!

The Rise of the Tuxedo

After its introduction, the tuxedo quickly became the go-to formal attire for men. It became a staple for special occasions like weddings, proms, and black-tie events. The tuxedo's sleek and polished look exudes class and sophistication, making anyone who wears it feel like a million bucks.

Over the years, the tuxedo has seen some modifications and variations. From traditional single-breasted styles to modern double-breasted designs, there's a tuxedo for every taste and occasion.

Celebrating National Tuxedo Day

On National Tuxedo Day, it's time to unleash your inner fashion icon. Wear your favorite tuxedo, attend a glamorous event, or simply raise a glass to this classic attire. You can also celebrate by organizing a tuxedo-themed party or gathering with your loved ones. Don't forget to capture the elegance in photos to cherish the memories!

History behind the term 'Tuxedo'


Birth of the Tuxedo Park Club

In 1886, a social club called the Tuxedo Park Club was founded in Tuxedo Park, New York. This club became an important hub for wealthy and influential individuals during the Gilded Age.


The Tuxedo Dinner Jacket

During the same year, a member of the Tuxedo Park Club, James Brown Potter, attended a formal event held in Tuxedo Park. He decided to wear a short tailed black coat instead of the traditional tailcoat, and it drew attention and admiration from other attendees.


The Tuxedo Club Debuts

Potter's friend and fellow club member, Griswold Lorillard, was also inspired by the jacket's uniqueness. He commissioned his tailor, Pierre Lorillard IV, to create a similar garment. The new jacket was named 'Tuxedo' after the Tuxedo Park Club. It featured a black jacket with satin lapels and a white piqué waistcoat.


Tuxedo Gains Popularity

After Griswold Lorillard wore the Tuxedo to the Autumn Ball in Tuxedo Park in 1886, the jacket gained popularity amongst the social elite. It quickly became a symbol of status and refinement, spreading beyond the confines of Tuxedo Park.


The Tuxedo Becomes Formalwear

By 1914, the Tuxedo had become widely recognized as formal attire for evening events such as dinners, parties, and dances. It was considered less formal than the traditional tailcoat, but still elegant and fashionable.


The Tuxedo for Hollywood Stars

In the 1930s, Hollywood embraced the Tuxedo as the go-to attire for leading men. Numerous iconic images of movie stars, like Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart, wearing Tuxedos helped solidify its association with suave sophistication.

21st Century

Tuxedo Variations

In the 21st century, the Tuxedo has evolved to include variations such as different colors, fabrics, and styles. Designers experiment with contemporary elements while maintaining the core elegance of the classic Tuxedo, keeping it a timeless outfit for formal occasions.

Did you know?

Did you know that the tuxedo is named after Tuxedo Park in New York, where it was first popularized?


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10th October 2015

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5th October 2020

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