Difference Between A Tux And A Suit

Tuxedo Rental MiddletownTuxedos and suits are not interchangeable terms. They are completely different entities and should be worn to different occasions. The easiest difference between the two is that suit pants and jackets are generally made from the same material. Where tuxedos use satin on the lapels, buttons and typically on the pant legs as well.

A tuxedo is worn at very formal events like weddings or other black tie affairs. (Description of Invitation Attire)  A suit can also be worn at a wedding but are less formal than tuxedos. If the wedding is more casual, a suit is perfect. If the wedding is very formal then a tuxedo would be the better choice. A lot of people might think there isn’t a lot that goes into a tuxedo set up. Generally, the bride’s dress is the star of the show at the weddings, which it should be, but the groom’s tux also deserves some recognition. At Tuxedo Gallery near Middletown our professional stylists will be here to assist you with whatever you need. Our goal is to make each of our clients look and feel their best for their special event. When you need to rent a tux, we are here to help.

Tuxedo Terminology

There are many more pieces that comprise the entire tuxedo than just a jacket, pants and tie. There are different variations of almost every part that allows you to create hundreds of combinations. And our team of professional stylists at The Tuxedo Gallery will be able to help you with everything since not everyone is an expert on tuxedos.

Tux Lapels

Lapels are found on more formal attire and consist of the folded fabric on the front of the jacket that goes around the neck. There are a few variations of lapels and each offers a different style and level of formality.

Notch Lapels are the most versatile of the lapel options. They are named such because the fabric forms a notch in the lapel up by the collar area.
Shawl Collars is definitely one of the more exclusive designs, specifically for black tie events. This lapel is smooth and rounded all the way up and around the neck.
Peak Lapels offer a much sharper notch. The edges of the notches peak upwards, giving the appropriate name. These are more formal than the notch lapels.

Renting A Tuxedo in Middletown

Getting your tuxedo rental from The Tuxedo Gallery has many benefits to it. Since we’ve been in business for more than 45 years our store provides the largest in-stock, up-to-date selection, same day service (when possible) and the best prices guaranteed! Our trained specialists have combined the latest tuxedo fashions and accessories to create a look just for you! We can advise you about traditions and customs for any type of tuxedos or suits for weddings or special occasions. We can also guide you in picking colors that go with your overall theme.

We suggest getting fitted-measured for you tuxedos at least 2 months before the wedding date. The registration for your event can be done 4-6 months ahead of time.  It is not necessary to do a group fitting.  Your party members can come in at their convenience once the registration is completed. Generally, the Groom and Bride pick out their tuxedos after the color for bridesmaids has been chosen for their dresses. This allows time for the color scheme to be well-established and helps when choosing a bow tie, and/or necktie colors. Or any other accent pieces that might have color on them (suspenders, pocket squares, vests, etc.). Our goal is to make sure you and your party look and feel great on your special day. Getting you in a perfectly fitted tuxedo is the best way to do that.

Tuxedo Rules

Wedding TuxDoes the time of day or wedding location determine which colors to wear? Time of day and location (indoors/outdoors, cool/tropical) can play a factor in selecting your formal wear. Daytime tuxedo and suit choices might be brown, tan, ivory with brown trousers or maybe a white jacket with black trousers. It is alright to wear traditional black tuxedos for a daytime wedding.

For Evening weddings, black, navy, gray or charcoal tuxedos or suits tend to be most popular. Be sure to ask about tuxedos or suits and accessories that work better for hot or cool temperatures. Most importantly, when the decision is made, the color should blend or go with the color palette the women are wearing in the wedding party. Our team of stylists at The Tuxedo Gallery are here to help you look and feel your very best for your next formal occasion! We have all the knowledge and experience to ensure you look sophisticated and handsome!


Middletown, CA is a small, quaint town with a population of about 2,000. But don’t let the size fool you, there is a lot to do here. Try relaxing at the Harbin Hot Springs, it is a great spot for families and friends to hang out and soak up all the minerals of the natural spring water. At this beautiful retreat, there is a cafe, yoga classes, movies, and spa treatments! Truly a place to relax, unwind and enjoy everything nature has to offer. After relaxing with your groomsmen you can come to The Tuxedo Gallery and get everyone fitted for their tux’s.

There are other beautiful nature sights to be seen at Middletown. Like the Langtry Estate and Vineyards. With 35 square miles of gorgeous undisturbed land is absolute bliss to experience. Make a group trip up to the vineyard for some exceptional wine tasting. You can even go on a tour of the property enjoying all the beautiful views while tasting an assortment of fine wines. They even host weddings and events! If you are up there for a wedding and need a tux, you know you can come to The Tuxedo Gallery and get all suited up in no time!

And for a little bit of late-night fun, you can visit the Twin Pine Casino! With luxury suites and fantastic bars and restaurants, and of course all the games, you won’t want to leave. If you are wanting to learn while you’re on your visit, feel free to come to the Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center. With fun interactive exhibits for the kids and educational information about geothermal energy, it’s a win-win for the parents. And don’t forget to visit the geysers while you’re there! Go on a free tour and learn about harnessing clean energy! There’s all this and more to see in the small town of Middletown! Visit and see why this hidden gem is so loved by the people here!

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