Tuxedo Questions and Answers: What Color Tuxedo Should I wear to Prom?

The Question:

“What color tuxedo should I wear to prom?  My vest color is going to be lavender, but I don’t have any idea what color tuxedo and shirt I should wear.”

– Raymond

The Answer:

I’m glad you asked. Black is the classic standard and you won’t go wrong with it, but traditionally black is worn with monochrome accessories.  While this rule obviously no longer applies to proms, it’s my opinion that a black tuxedo is better paired with mid to dark colors, since the whole idea is to create contrast with the white shirt.

Jean Yves Heather Grey 'Savoy' TuxedoBecause you’re going with a lighter color for your accessories, I’d stay away from any colorful tuxedos that could clash, but something lighter than black.  That’s why I think your best option might actually be a grey tuxedo.

Whether you go with a darker charcoal grey, a mid steel grey, or a light heather grey, these options are perfect for prom and blend really well with any color in the ‘cool’ family like blues and purples and lavender. And while grey clearly isn’t classic black, it can be just as classy when worn correctly.

I say that grey tuxedos are perfect for prom because, for prom you want to dapper up and look great, compliment your date, and have fun. But proms don’t have as restricting a dress code as most tuxedo-appropriate functions you might attend in life. Most of the tuxedos you’ll wear as an adult will be classic black, white shirt, black waistcoat or cummerbund, and a black bow tie, because it’s a great look and the invitation will require it. But prom is your chance to mix it up a little.

Ultimately it’s up to you and your date what you want to wear. Just be sure that the fit is good and the night is fun. The rest, as they say, is just varying shades of grey.

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If you’re interested, check out some great examples of Grey Tuxedos are here. Checkout the image above or the alternate picture of the Jean Yves Heather grey ‘Twilight’ Tuxedo to get an idea what it might look like with lavender.

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