Tuxedo Knowledge with San Francisco lead fitter Andrew Miltiades


Let a hall madden expert fitter walk you through the ins and outs of his own formal attire 

SF lead fit specialist Andrew Miltiades

SF lead fit specialist Andrew Miltiades

1. The Tuxedo: "I went with the classic black with peak lapels, and to keep it on the traditional side jetted pockets and a single button. To modernize the fit and make it more comfortable, I went with an unstructured shoulder and dual back vents. While midnight navy shawl collar tuxedos are our most popular design among clients, it's nice to always to return to a timeless dinner jacket."

2. The Tuxedo shirt: "You don't have to wear shirt studs with your tuxedo. I prefer a "fly" front placket that covers thin mother-of-pearl buttons for a very clean and streamlined look. And I skipped the pleated front on the shirt, too, which I think looks a bit "disco." Obviously, I kept the French double-cuff as this is a formal shirt and a semi-spread collar, which I find frames my face best."


3. The Bow tie: "I always match my bow tie to my lapels on tuxedos, so it's in the same black silk satin."

4. The Shoes: "Our Hall Madden Signature Black Captoe Oxfords are a perfect option if you want something more versatile, as you can wear them with suits, too. But I really liked these formal loafers that have tassels and a bit of personality to them! Black tie doesn't allow you to make too many "statements," but sometimes it can be fun to bend the rules a bit."

5. Cuff Links & Pocket Squares: "The pocket square is a simple, TV-folded white handkerchief. My cufflinks are from my father -- jewelry is always more special when received as a gift." 

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