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How To Button a Tuxedo, the Right Way!

by Mark Douglas March 07, 2018

How to Button a Tuxedo, the Right Way! All Dressed Up - Bridal Prom Tuxedo | Chattanooga, TN | Wedding Dresses and Tux Rentals

Everyone's looking at you in your amazing tuxedo, but are they really looking at your button party foul?

This year Chattanooga's best young men and women will put on their best look for Prom Night (and/or Wedding Day) and we here at ADU are making it our priority that you look great! There aren't too many rules for a Tuxedo or Suit but one involves those pesky buttons. Maybe you've never thought to ask the proper way to button them but there are definitely a right and wrong ways. Let's take a look at which buttons should be buttoned, depending upon the options. 

* Let's begin with the single breasted one button jacket; it's making a comeback!

How to button a Single Breasted, One Button Tuxedo / Suit Jacket

It used to be the only way to wear a formal jacket. When standing the coat needs to be buttoned. When seated the button should be unfastened. 

* Next is the single breasted two button jacket.

How to button a Single Breasted, Two Button Tuxedo / Suit Jacket

If you are standing up you should always button the top button. If you are sitting down you should unbutton the coat. The bottom button should never be buttoned. 

* Next is the single breasted three button jacket.

How to button a Single Breasted, Three Button Tuxedo / Suit Jacket

When standing you can button the top two buttons, or just the top button, or just the middle button. When seated you should unbutton the coat. The bottom button should never be buttoned. 

* The single breasted four button jacket is a bold fashion statement.

How to button a Single Breasted, Four Button Tuxedo / Suit Jacket

The top one or the top two or the top three buttons can be buttoned, just leave the last one undone. Buttoning the middle two is a no-no as is just the third one. It might go without saying but we'll say it: no skipping the second button in favor of buttoning the first and third. 

* The double breasted 6X2 is common.

How to button a Double Breasted Tuxedo / Suit Jacket

The first number represents the total number of buttons the second number is the actual number of buttons that could be buttoned. Other styles include the 6X1, the 4X1, the 4X2, and the 2X1. All buttons on this style with working buttonholes should remain buttoned whether seated or standing, even the bottom button. However, you can unbutton the very bottom button without raising too many eyebrows. 

Tuxedo Rentals at Chattanooga's All Dressed Up

All Dressed Up has a huge selection of Tuxes for purchase and rental, and this month we're offering a $40 OFF coupon ending on March 29. April or May event? No Worries! Come in, put down your deposit, and come back for sizing just before your event. We Are, Prom! We Are, Bridal! 

By the way, here's this week's Bonus!... Do you know the only difference between a Tuxedo and a Suit? Well you are in luck! DJ Mark is about to show us in his latest episode of 'Puttin On The Ritz w/ DJ Mark!' Here is the third episode, "#3 Finding My Perfect Tuxedo | What's a Tuxedo?" -Mark lobbies for Tux Button reform.

Video Dialogue:

Mark: "Welcome, Let's talk about tuxedo verses suit. The tuxedo has a satin lapel. And the buttons are covered. That distinguishes it from a suit; a suit will have buttons that are not covered and may not have a satin lapel. How do we button? With a two buttons tuxedo you can button the top one but never the bottom one. On a three button tux never button the bottom button. The top two can be buttoned in any configuration. The middle button alone is the most common. I think you learned a couple of great things today about tux etiquette and how exactly you'd wear your tux. Of course here at All Dressed Up we have the tux that you want. We have a special right now, it's through the month of March. March 29 is our cutt-off date for $40 off your tux rental. You say, "my event is in April or early May." No worries, as long as you come in between now and the end of March we're gonna take care of that discount. You can come back for sizing later but that will secure your discount of $40. Tell us what you think, Subscribe to our channel, share this video, and we'll see you next time!"

ADU is owned and operated by Mark and Cheron Douglas.

Visit All Dressed Up today to get started on your Tuxedo Rental and Prom Dress shopping.

We want to give a shout out to Real Men Real Style for their photos and Suit Button Rules Blog.

This is an original blog post from All Dressed Up - Bridal Prom Tuxedo.

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Size Guide

MOST Professional Boutiques will size you at no cost; simply call and set an appointment. Of your 3 measurements: ALWAYS go with the dress size aligning w/ your higher dress measurement.

For example: If a size 10 calls for a 37 Bust, 29 Waist & 40 Hip 

Discover your measurements with this All Dressed Up Size Guide pic.

Morilee - "New" Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Dresses Sizes

     *This chart is for all items listing sizes 0-28. See "Designer Gallery" size chart below for items listing sizes 2-28.

     *See below for Julietta Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Women Sizes.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 23.5 35.5
2 33 24.5 36.5
4 34 25.5 37.5
6 35 26.5 38.5
8 36.5 28 40
10 38 28.5 41.5
12 39.5 31 43
14 41 32.5 44.5
16 42.5 34 46
18 44.5 36 48
20 46.5 38 50
22 49.5 41 53
24 53 44.5 56.5
26 57 48.5 60.5
28 61 52.5 64.5

 

Morilee - "Designer Gallery" Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Dress Sizes

     *This chart is for all items listing sizes 2-28. See "New" size chart above for items listing sizes 0-28. 

     *See below for Julietta Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids Woman sizes.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
2 32 23.5 35.5
4 33 24.5 36.5
6 34 25.5 37.5
8 35 26.5 38.5
10 36.5 28 40
12 38 29.5 41.5
14 39.5 31 43
16 41 32.5 44.5
18 42.5 34 46
20 44.5 36 48
22 46.5 38 50
24 49.5 41 53
26 53 44.5 56.5
28 57 48.5 60.5

 

Morilee - Julietta Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaids W Dresses - Women's Sizes

     *This chart is for all Julietta items. It's also for Bridesmaids Women Dresses with the following style numbers: 21601W - 21626W

Size Bust Waist  Hips
16W 43 35 46
18W 45 37 48
20W 47 39 50
22W 49 41.5 52.5
24W 51 44 55
26W 53 46.5 57.5
28W 55 49 60
30W 57 51.5 62.5
32W 59 54 65

 

David Tutera, Martin Thornburg and Enchanting - Wedding Gown Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 23.5 35
2 33 24.5 36
4 34 25.5 37
6 36 26.5 38
8* 36 27.5 39
10 37 28.5 40
12 38 29.5 41
14 39.5 31 42.5
16 41 32.5 44
18 43 34.5 46
20 45 36.5 48

 

David Tutera and Martin Thornburg - W, Women's Wedding Gown Sizes 

Size Bust Waist  Hips
18W 45 38 49
20W 47 40 51
22W 49 42.5 53.5
24W 51 45 56
26W 53 47.5 58.5

 

Enchanting - W, Women's Wedding Gown Sizes 

Size Bust Waist  Hips
16W 43 36 47
18W 45 38 49
20W 47 40 51
22W 49 42.5 53.5
24W 51 45 56
26W 53 47.5 58.5

 

Sophia Tolli - Wedding Gown Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 31.5 23.5 34
2 32.5 24.5 35
4 33.5 25.5 36
6 34.5 26.5 37
8 36 28 38.5
10 37.5 29.5 40
12 39 31 41.5
14 41 33 43.5
16 43 35 45.5
18 45 37 47.5
20 48 40 50.5
22 51 43 53.5
24 54 46 56.5
26 57 49 59.5
28 60 52 62.5

 

Sophia Tolli - LS, Large Size Wedding Gown Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
22LS 51 43 53.5
24LS 54 46 56.5
26LS 57 49 59.5
28LS 60 52 62.5

 

Joan Calabrese - Flower Girl

Size Bust Waist
2 22 21
3 23 21.5
4 24 22
5 25 22.5
6 26 23
6X 27 23.5
7 28.25 24.25
8 29.5 25.25
10 30.75 26.5
12 32 27.75
14 33.25 29
16 34.5 30.25

 

Joan Calabrese - Half Size, Flower Girl

Size Bust Waist
8.5 33 29
10.5 36 32
12.5 38 34
14.5 39 36

 

Joan Calabrese - Baby Size, Flower Girl

     *m=months

Size Bust Waist
6m 20.75 20
12m 21.25 20.5
18m 22.25 21.5
24m 23.25 22.5

 

Little Black Tux, by David Tutera - Jacket & Pant Sizes

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 31 24 33
2 32 25 34
4 33 26 35
6 35 28 37
8 37 30 39
10 39 32 41
12 41 34 43
14 43 36 45
16 46 39 48
18 49 42 51
20 52 45 54

 

Cameron Blake - Special Occasions

     *W=Women's P=Petite WP=Women's Petite

Size Bust Waist  Hips
4 34 27 37
6 35 28 38
8 36 29 39
10 37.5 30.5 40.5
12 39 32 42
14 41 34 44
16 43.5 36.5 46.5
18 48 38.5 48.5
20 48 41 51
16W 45.5 39 48.5
18W 48 41.5 48.5
20W 50.5 44 53.5
22W 53.5 47 56.5
24W 56.5 50 59.5
26W 59.5 53 62.5
4P 34 27 37
6P 35 28 38
8P 36 29 39
10P 37.5 30.5 40.5
12P 39 32 42
14P 41 34 44
16WP 45.5 39 48.5
18WP 48 41.5 51
20WP 50.5 44 53.5
22WP 53.5 47 56.5
24WP 56.5 50 59.5
26WP 59.5 53 62.5

 

Ellie Wilde and Colette - Prom

Size Bust Waist  Hips
00 31 23.5 34.5
0 32 24.5 35.5
2 33 25.5 36.5
4 34 26.5 37.5
6 35 27.5 38.5
8 36 28.5 39.5
10 37 29.5 40.5
12 38.5 31 42
14 40 32.5 43.5
16 42 34.5 45.5
18 44 36.5 47.5
20 46 39 49.5
22 48.5 41.5 52
24 51 44 54.5

 

Dave & Johnny - Prom

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 26 36
1/2 33 27 37
3/4 34 28 38
5/6 35 29 39
7/8 36 30 40
9/10 37 31 41
11/12 38.5 32.5 42.5
13/14 40 34 44
15/16 41.5 35.5 45.5
17/18 43.5 37.5 47.5

 

Dave & Johnny - Women's Prom

Size Bust Waist  Hips
14W 43 36 46
16W 45 38 48
18W 47 40 50
20W 49 42 52
22W 51 44 54
24W 53 46 56

 

La Femme - Prom

Size Bust Waist  Hips
00 32 24 35
0 33 25 36
2 34 26 37
4 35 27 38
6 36 28 39
8 37 29 40
10 38 30 41
12 40 32 43
14 42 34 45
16 44 36 47
18 46 38 49
20 48 40 51
22 50 42 53
24 52 44 55

 

Jasz Couture - Prom

Size Bust Waist  Hips
00 32 24 35
0 33 25 36
2 34 26 37
4 35 27 38
6 36 28 39
8 37 29 40
10 38 30 41
12 40 32 43
14 42 34 45
16 44 36 47
18 46 38 49
20 48 40 51
22 50 42 53
24 52 44 55

 

Zoey Grey - Prom

     *For styles 30614, 30693 & 30701 see size chart below.

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 24 36
2 33 25 37
4 34 26 38
6 35 27 39
8 36.5 28.5 40
10 38 30 42
12 39.5 31.5 43.5
14 41.5 33.5 45.5
16 43.5 35.5 47.5
18 45.5 37.5 49.5
20 47.5 39.5 51.5
22 49.5 41.5 53.5
24 51.5 43.5 55.5
26 53.5 45.5 57.5
28 55.5 47.5 59.5
30 57.5 49.5 61.5

 

Zoey Grey - Prom - for styles 30614, 30693 & 30701

Size Bust Waist  Hips
0 32 23.5 35
2 33 24.5 36
4 34 25.5 37
6 35 26.5 38
8 36 27.5 39
10 37 28.5 40
12 38 29.5 41
14 39.5 31 42.5
16 41 32.5 44
18 43 35 46
20 45 37.5 48