What is the Difference Between a Suit and a Tuxedo? – Miguel's Formal Wear

What is the Difference Between a Suit and a Tuxedo?

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When it comes to looking your best for an important event, there are some key differences between choosing a suit and opting for a tuxedo. While both will certainly make you look sharp, understanding the subtle nuances between each can help you decide which one is right for your occasion. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between suits and tuxedos.

Fabric & Finishings

The biggest difference between suits and tuxedos is in their fabric and finishings. Suits typically have lapels that match the rest of the jacket cloth, plain uncovered buttons, and trousers without a stripe running down the leg. On the other hand, tuxedos usually have satin lapels, covered buttons with satin on the jacket pockets, and trousers with a stripe running down the leg.


Suits are considered semi-formal attire while tuxedos are generally reserved for black tie events or other formal occasions such as galas or weddings. You can wear a suit to job interviews, dinner engagements, or even as wedding guests if you’re not part of the wedding party. A tuxedo is more formal than a suit and should be saved for special occasions that call for it.

At Miguel’s we often refer to tuxedos as “evening dress” because of their formality level – so when you come in looking to rent or purchase something for your big event, keep this distinction in mind!  We carry an extensive selection of both suits and tuxedos that will make you look sharp no matter what kind of occasion you’re attending. Our experienced staff will be happy to introduce you to our different styles so you can find exactly what works best for your body type and personal style preferences.


When shopping for a suit or tuxedo for your next formal event, don’t take any chances with an online rental service. At Miguel’s we understand that looking good isn’t just about finding something affordable – it’s about finding something high quality at a price you’re comfortable with too! Our expert tailors guarantee satisfaction every single time – so you can rest easy knowing your special occasion attire will arrive on time and looking great no matter what! Visit us today to learn more about why renting from Miguel’s is the right choice for any special occasion!

Visit Miguel’s Formal Wear in Virginia Beach, VA. Committed to the traditional techniques of bespoke tailoring and work with only the finest fabrics available. We have been in the business since 2008 and continue to maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau® for their personable approach. Call (757) 461-5466 to schedule an appointment or visit their website for additional information on the bespoke method.

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