Style guide to buying tuxedos in Kenya

A Q & A style guide for your next tuxedo purchase.

Buy Tuxedos in Kenya - Q & A

Looking to buy tuxedos in Kenya? Awesome. Despite their dark colored nature, a well-fitting designer tuxedo can really light up your personal aesthetic. Particularly if you are one of those gentlemen who almost never wears suits.

So we thought we’d help you out with the ins and outs of buying tuxedos in Kenya with a little Q & A session. This post is a continuation of this tuxedo style guide. If you haven’t already read it, take a look at it. It’s a lovely overarching look at what you should take into consideration whenever you want to buy tuxedos in Kenya.

Let’s get into it.

What's the occasion?

What’s the exact event you will be attending? Is it a black-tie event? A gala dinner perhaps? charity ball? Award ceremony? A funeral? A wedding?

Formal wear is usually best reserved for evening occasions and cocktails.

Here’s a general rule of thumb. Bright colored tuxedos for day events such as weddings, then dark colored tuxedos for evening events such as gala dinners.

We’re not saying that you should never wear a full black tuxedo to a wedding. Fashion rules are made to be broken. Wear whatever you look sharp in. All we are saying is that you may not look your absolute best out there in the bright sun in a head-to-toe black tuxedo.

Plus a fashion-savvy gentleman such as yourself should know better.

What's the style of tuxedo you're aiming for?

What tuxedo style best defines your personality and body shape? There are a couple of factors to consider here.

Peak lapel or shawl collar?

Peak lapels tend to look better on slimmer body types. Shawl lapels on the other hand usually look fantastic on a gentleman who’s been hitting the gym. They tend to further enhance already broad shoulders really well.

Single or double-breasted?

In layman’s terms, a single-breasted tuxedo jacket has little to no overlap. It also has 1, 2 or 3 front buttons. Tops. A double-breasted tuxedo jacket, on the other hand, is where one side overlaps the other quite a bit. They usually have a front closure of between 6-8 buttons.

Each has its respective advantages and disadvantages. The major disadvantage with double-breasted jackets though, is that they do not look good when unbuttoned. So you should only opt for one if you have no intention of unbuttoning the jacket the entire evening.

Single or dual back vent?

Yet another tuxedo feature that favors the gym-goers. If you have a wide chest and slim waist, then a single back vent, although slightly informal, will bring out your shape nicely.

If on the other hand, you lean toward the slimmer end of the scale, a dual back vent will look better.

Also, the bigger your hips the better a single vent will look on you. Dual vents do a good job of making a man look like he has hips even if he doesn’t.

Slim fit or a slightly wider fit?

A lot of men out there may not agree with me on this one, particularly the young men. But I’m not a fan of those fit-too-tight-I-can’t-breathe tuxedos. There’s nothing grown-up about a look that clearly looks uncomfortable for the wearer.

A tuxedo jacket should be comfortable and give you room to move your arms up and down without worrying if the seams will come apart after a single out-of-place motion. It shouldn’t be baggy and oversized either. This is not 1995. Go with a comfortable fit.

Fabric quality.

The type of event and the quality of the crowd you’re looking to leave an impression on will determine the quality of the tuxedo you buy.

Want to leave a huge impression and match your high-standard personality at the same time? Go with a King Sidney tuxedo.

If however, you’re just wearing the tuxedo because the dress code dictates that you must wear a tuxedo, then consider renting one rather than buying.

Buying tuxedos in Kenya, particularly high-quality ones, is an activity often reserved for the most discerning of gentlemen.

So there you have it. A fairly comprehensive guide for the upscale gentleman looking to buy tuxedos in Kenya. 

In part 3, we will take a deep look at the little details on the inside of a high-end tuxedo in Nairobi Kenya.

Till then, Cheers and God bless.