The Colors of Prom – Part I: Prom Tuxedo Color



Now quick.  What are the first two colors that come to mind?  Here’s betting they weren’t pink and green.

Tuxedos are very closely associated with Black and White.  That’s because, according to Black Tie standards, typically a tuxedo is just that.  Black coat, trousers, bow tie, and waist coverings, with a white shirt underneath to create contrast.  There’s a lot of color psychology that delves into why it’s such a good and timeless look, especially for evening wear.  The black becomes representative of the evening in which the garment is worn.  The white creates a stark and powerful contrast with lines that promote a masculine physique.  It’s a timeless look.  It’s one of the best looks a man can wear.  BUT… it isn’t the only look.

Most of the formal events you’ll attend in life will either require a relatively strict interpretation of black tie (i.e. Black tie Galas, Formal Parties, Operas, etc.) or they will have a specific color theme to stay within (i.e. weddings and quinceaneras.)  But there’s one very common formal event that leaves the question of color wide open, and it’s heading our way with the speed and heft of a freight train.  Prom season is just around the bend.

But for many, there’s little freedom in these choices.  Choices make it harder to make a decision.  That’s where we come in.  If you aren’t sure what your color options are for prom, or which color options are best for you, read ahead.  If you already know, skip down to the pretty pictures at the bottom and get inspired.

Prom Tuxedo Color Options:

In this article, we’re going to be reviewing your tuxedo color options for prom.  Even before you start thinking about what color your accessories should be, you should have the tuxedo color decided upon.  Below are some of the common non-black tuxedo color options that are commonly worn at proms.  Each color family has a different feel and aesthetic that sends a different message.  Click on the pictures to find out more about that style, or click on the heading to see more options within that color family.

Grey Tuxedos & Suits

Grey Tuxedos and Suits send the message of modern classiness and look great with a wide variety accessory colors.

Heather Grey 'Allure Men' Tuxedo by Jean Yves

Heather Grey ‘Allure Men’ Tuxedo

Steel Grey 'Twilight' Tuxedo by Jean Yves

Steel Grey ‘Twilight’ Tuxedo

Heather Grey 'Savoy' Tuxedo by Jean Yves

Heather Grey ‘Savoy’ Tuxedo











Tan Tuxedos & Suits

Tan Tuxedos and Suits are a great way to look both sharp and relaxed.  Best for daytime functions.  Looks best with other tans and light earth tones.

Tan 'Allure Men' Tuxedo by Jean Yves

Tan ‘Allure Men’ Tuxedo

Tan 'Rapture' Destination Suit by Jean Yves

Tan ‘Rapture’ Destination Suit

Sand 'Riviera' Destination Suit by After Six

Sand ‘Riviera’ Destination Suit











Brown Tuxedos

Brown Tuxedos have a “classy but out of the box” aesthetic that works well for both daytime and evening affairs.  Best paired with light to dark earth tones.

Mahogany 'Summit' Tuxedo by After Six

Mahogany ‘Summit’ Tuxedo

Chocolate 'Parisian' Tuxedo by Jean Yves

Chocolate ‘Parisian’ Tuxedo

Chocolate 'Premier' Tuxedo by Jean Yves

Chocolate ‘Premier’ Tuxedo











Navy/Midnight Tuxedos & Suits

Navy/Midnight Tuxedos and Suits are actually more formal than black, and are generally best paired with either matching blue, black, or light grey accessories, though other good color options exist as well.

Midnight Blue 'Maxwell' Tuxedo by G. Alexander

Midnight Blue ‘Maxwell’ Tuxedo

Navy 'Midnight' Suit by Jean Yves

Navy ‘Midnight’ Suit

Midnight 'Savoy' Tuxedo by Jean Yves

Midnight ‘Savoy’ Tuxedo










White Tuxedos

White Tuxedos can be very classy options for warmer weather when paired with a black bow tie and trousers, or can feel more festive when paired with colored accessories..

White 'Savoy' Tuxedo by Jean Yves

White ‘Savoy’ Tuxedo

White 'Mystique' Tuxedo by Jean Yves

White ‘Mystique’ Tuxedo

White 'Gerard' Tuxedo by After Six

White ‘Gerard’ Tuxedo











Ivory Tuxedos

Ivory Tuxedos are great warmer weather options for daytime or evening formal functions.  While generally paired with earth tones or gold accessories, ivory tuxedos look great with a wide variety of colors.

Ivory 'Cool' Tuxedo by Andrew Fezza

Ivory ‘Cool’ Tuxedo

Ivory 'Shawl' Tuxedo Jean Yves

Ivory ‘Shawl’ Tuxedo

Ivory 'Mirage' Mandarin Tuxedo by Jean Yves

Ivory ‘Mirage’ Tuxedo











And Now For Something Completely Different

Novelty tuxedos are powerful, fun, and great for anyone wanting to make a splash.  Generally best paired with matching or monochrome accessories.

Red 'Illusion' Tuxedo by Jean Yves

Red ‘Illusion’ Tuxedo

Bright Orange Tuxedo by Bright Colored Tuxedos

Bright Orange Tuxedo

Camouflage 'Alpine' Tuxedo by Bright Colored Tuxedos

Camouflage ‘Alpine’ Tuxedo











Hopefully the lineup above will give you plenty of fodder to make a decision about the color of your tuxedo.  Make sure to check out Part II, where we’ll go into what color options you have for your accessories!

If you’re interested in the meaning of colors, check out Lead Apparel’s highly informative blog series:

The Science of Color

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