Menswear Academy

Happy New Tuxedo

Fashion changes as fast as the seasons. But certain garments are timeless classics, and the tuxedo is a good example. It is perfect for formal events such as a stylish New Year’s Eve party. If the dress code is black tie, a dinner jacket is de rigueur and Boggi Milano has the solutions.

The origins of the tuxedo

Let’s take a step back and look at the history of the tuxedo. Its origins are debated. Some say that it appeared in the United Kingdom first of all, while others say that it originated in the United States. According to the British, it first appeared in London in 1865, when the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) commissioned a smoking jacket from Savile Row tailors Henry Poole & Co. The tailors basically cut the tails of a tailcoat to make a garment whose function was to be worn in smoking rooms in order to prevent one’s suit from becoming impregnated with cigar smoke. The American claim to primacy is provided by dandy Griswold Lorillard who became a member of the Tuxedo Club in New Jersey in 1866. This Club, at Tuxedo Park in the Hudson valley, a popular location for New York’s social elite, gave its name to this particular type of suit. These origins on both sides of the Atlantic led to the undying popularity of the tuxedo. There are also national differences in nomenclature. In the United States, it is the tuxedo or tux; in the United Kingdom, a dinner jacket or DJ, or sometimes dinner suit. In many other languages, including Italian, it is known as a ‘smoking’ as a result of its origins.

The Boggi Milano tuxedo

Our black tie outfit is based on a single-breasted one-button jacket (more formal than two- or three-button variants). The jacket should be worn buttoned. It has four silk-covered sleeve buttons. The trousers have a narrow satin ribbon running down the leg, from waist to hem, and are without turnups. The shirt is white, with the diplomatic collar, the most formal of all, and French cuffs closed using sophisticated cufflinks. The outfit is completed by the details: the cummerbund and bow tie in silk, and a white linen pocket square. Now you’re ready to welcome 2019!