Nick's Tricks: Prom Edition

Nick Quinn, Junior
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Courtesy of Emily Yen

Yeah, okay, prom isn’t every guy’s favorite thing to do.  But the glowing happiness on your date’s face is all that you need to make your night great.  As your date will be looking great, you’re held to some high expectations here.  A nice tuxedo is essential for the male at prom: if the guy looks great, the couple looks great... and if the guy looks bad, the couple looks bad.  Don’t be the person to make your date look bad at prom.  Just get a nice tux.

The first step is to wait for your date to get her dress (or tux) and for her to either send you a picture or a fabric swatch of their dress.  The fabric swatch isn’t completely necessary, but it’s always nice to have because the color can look different in pictures.  But if you don’t have a swatch, don’t worry! You will still look great regardless.  

Once you have all the necessary materials it’s time to haul yourself over to the tux place. If you're anything like me and you procrastinate, you will probably have to wait because you'll be going at the same time as every other high school male in a ten mile radius.  

**Side note:  I like to get my tux about two weeks ahead of prom.  This way you know you can get any style and any color vest.  It also guarantees a lot less stress the week of.**

Anyway, once you’re there you will be overwhelmed with different styles and colors.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with a white or gray tux!  Gray tuxes look great with pastel vests and dresses, and white looks great if it has a nice black detailing on the lapels.  

Speaking of lapels, there are three styles, and each are great in their own right.  You can go for a classic notch, or a peak style if you want the pointed edge, but no gap.  Or you can go for the shawl look for a nice smooth line.  

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Courtesy of mestadsprom.blogspot.com

Another option you will most likely encounter will be the wing tipped collar or the full collar.  I usually opt for the wing tip so you can see the strap of the tie.  Usually a wing tip is better for a bow tie, but don’t let that stop you. 

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Once you have the tux itself chosen, you’ll get to choose your vest.  Don’t be afraid of a pattern vest.  They wouldn’t sell it if it was ugly.  That is something that you’d most likely scoff at and say “that’s not true”, but at these places, if the style isn’t selling, they won’t offer it.

After you choose the color vest you will be able to choose whether you want a bow tie or a classic tie.  I opt for the bowtie, but once again that’s just me.  Either will look great, and it’s all personal preference here.  

Once you get all measured, you’ll be ready.  But when you get there, don’t be afraid to have them help you out.  These guys are professionals so they will be sure to give you the right information.  Don’t let this article dull your style!  Be sure you still can showcase who you are--just as a girl’s prom dress shows her off, make sure your tux does the same for you.