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