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Are Gray Tuxedos Stylish?

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One of the most appreciated pieces of clothing is, without a doubt, the tuxedo. On formal occasions, a lot of men proudly wear one to show class and style.

I’m not going to delve into the origins of tuxedos or the names under which they are know in different countries (or who refers only to the tuxedo jacket when they talk about tuxedos and who doesn’t). What I want to debate is whether or not a gray tuxedo is acceptable or not.

Whenever you think about a tux, the first picture that comes to mind is that of a black one. Most people can’t even imagine wearing a tuxedo something else other than black. However, this very elegant piece of clothing comes in other colors and nuances. Gray is one of them.

Gray tuxedos were popular in the 80s, just like the baby blue ones were in the 70s. In the 90s, black tuxedos took over and have been the preferred choice for most men ever since.

However, gray tuxedos are still worn – just not that much. This means that, at a formal event, you can stand out by wearing one. Don’t be afraid that you won’t be fashionable. Style is much more important than fashion.

Gray is a balanced color in many ways. First of all, it is classy. Second of all, it stands out. Third, it makes you look older, which can be desirable for some men. I can come up with other reasons why you should go for gray tuxedos (or even gray suits for that matter) I’ll just show you a picture of a gray tux.

man in a gray tuxedo

photo: tommystuxedos.com

Pretty cool, huh?

Gray tuxedos come in different shades. Choose the one that best complements your skin type:

gray tuxedo shades

The absolute best part about gray tuxedos is that you can wear a shirt in almost any color with it, no matter how vivid. You can go for white, pink, beige or even light green. It all depends on your skins’ complexity and personality.

Check out some of the colors below. You’ll remember them easier:

shirt colors for a gray tux

So my final answer is: yes, gray tuxedos are very stylish!

And how do you know if a gray tux is what you need? How do you know which shirt color to choose? Good questions. You’ll just have to go to the mall and try a few of them on. You need to have your eye formed before trying to figure out which colors work best for you. You can check out my men’s fashion eBook for this – it will save you a lot of time.

If you decided to purchase one, I’d be more than happy to see your pictures and read your comments.

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George Lavas

George is dedicated to fashion and style for men. Based between London and Tucson, Arizona he enjoys writing about lifestyle and fashion from both sides of the pond. George created BeStylish.org to help readers create a strong sense of style with minimum effort believing that everyone can look and feel good, all day, every day.

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    Tuxedos September 2, 2010

    I think that gray tuxedos are really hot. I think that it gives a brighter and more stylish look compared to those tuxedos colored in blue or white.

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    That70sMan October 4, 2010

    You people don’t impress me. You are nothing but a bunch of show-offs with no class and very tacky! The only way to impress is by standing out and wearing a 70s tuxedo. YES! The one that may haunt you i your sleep from now on. I am fortunate to say that I have enough brains to dress in a 70s tuxedo to any formal event, the last two were a gas! Office parties, and I got the attention I deserved! I wore a mocha three piece tux with contrasting brown velvet pipint to the wide jacket lapel and the pants stripe was velevt brown. An off-white ruffled shirt, a puffy brown velvet bow tie, the vest was brown velvet too, and 3 inch hgih heel platforms to achieve new heights! It’s about time that men stop being oppressed by what your lame industry sets as these “classic” standards which are nothing but reeking of oppression and lacking in taste. You all dig THAT to your graves!

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    George October 10, 2010

    @That70sMan: Sounds like you’re tying to convince us of something. Are you trying to warm us up for some hard selling? 🙂

    If you wear 70s clothes, you’ll look like you ca back from time. Sure, some style rules are good now as they were 50 years ago.

    Style evolves as everything else in this world, including us humans.

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