Don't be "That Guy"
Lessons in Formalwear fallacies, faux pas, and etiquette.
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No one ever wants to be "that guy". Who would want to stick out like a sore thumb in a room full of strangers? Not me, that's for sure. But if you love unwanted attention, awkward moments, and all around bad times than by all means keep doing what you're doing. But if you want to enter that room like a gentleman for a change, then let's help you put your best foot forward.

Lesson 1: Style

Glenn O'Brien, the GQ style guy has been giving men great advice for years and we rarely disagree. A question came up in his column about tuxedos being outdated and out of style. Glenn put it as simply as possible, "tuxedos don't go out of style, tuxedos are style".

Unfortunately we get confronted about such topics more frequently than we'd like, but we also relish the opportunity to set the record straight. There is a common misconception among many men that tuxedos no longer serve a purpose in formal events. The same misconception places the suit as acceptable formal attire instead. The truth is, neither one can replace the other. The suit is a staple in men's fashion. The same goes for tuxedos. The difference between the two is not so much how you dress, but when you dress. There is a time and a place for a suit. A black tie gala is not that place. Don't get us wrong, we love our suits, but when the occasion demands a formal touch, than you best leave them in the boardroom.

This misconception stems from a lot of bad information. Any tuxedo specialist should tell you the truth, but there are some "specialists" that would rather sell you a suit to make a commission than tell you what the occasion truly demands. This has done a great disservice to all consumers, confusing formal basics to make a quick buck is not what this industry is about. These are the kinds of things that frustrate us as formalwear specialists. This is why we love to educate. We would rather lose a sale, than lose the industry. A better consumer will always be an informed one and that's that.

If you would like to see the question Glenn was answering than visit the page at No one can really answer it better than him. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for our next installment of "Don't be that Guy".

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