HAPPY BIRTHDAY TUXEDO: 150 Years In The Life Of Man's Sexiest Suit


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Every man looks dashing in a black tuxedo, and this month, the classy suit turns 150 years old.Today, the word “tuxedo” conjured up images of prom, James Bond, and tacky printed t-shirts.

But back in 1861, the suit–created as a less-formal version of the smoking jacket–was thought to be the epitome of fashion.

The tuxedo was born in 1861, when a Savile Row tailor stitched an informal suit for a friend of the Prince of Wales to wear to dinners in Tuxedo Park, NY.

In 1986, the normal tuxedo had tailcoats and men wore bowler hats to complete the outfit.

A tuxedo was a man's jacket for semi-formal evening dress, and traditionally was black or dark-blue, with satin or grosgrain lapels.

In this tuxedo, not only were the tails cut off, but the bottom of the pants legs were, too.

After World War II, the tuxedo re-emerged with traits that deviated from the strict black-and-white interpretation. Some were all-white, while others were beige.

In the 1980's, the tux took on traits of a business suit, with details such as two- and three-button styling, flap pockets, and centre vents.

Generations of pubescent males have worn tuxedos with ties matching their dates' dresses to prom.

The tuxedo has also crossed genders. Actress Anne Hathaway famously sported one for a song at the 2011 Oscars.

One notable non-tuxedo wearer? Prince William, who opted for traditional military wear for his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton.

Today, the former uniform of the upper crust can be found everywhere, from waiters to puppies.

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