When someone is asked the difference between a tuxedo and suit, the main answer you will receive is “I don’t know”. The majority of people have no clue what the difference between the two is and the difference only has to do with one type of fabric. As you read below you will find that the difference between a tuxedo and suit is a lot similar then you think.
When it comes to the difference between a suit and tuxedo, the primary physical difference between a tuxedo and a suit is the presence of satin. When you are looking at a tuxedo, it will traditionally have satin facing on the lapels, buttons, pocket trim, and a satin side stripe down the leg of the trousers. Now when you are looking at suits, they don’t incorporate any satin but what they usually have are either plastic buttons or buttons faced with the same fabric as the coat. The modern day tuxedo has become even more closely related to the suit because some modern tuxedos now have options that have minimized the use of satin to a thin satin trim on the lapels and a thin satin bead down the pant leg. But what is always the easiest to remember is, the primary difference between the two is that tuxedos have satin on them and suits don’t. Of course, to every rule there are exceptions.
What is satin?
Satin is a smooth, glossy fabric, normally made of silk, produced by a weave in which the threads of the warp are caught and looped by the weft only at certain intervals.
If you look at this picture below you can see something extremely obvious. The picture to your left has a smooth glossy fabric and the picture to your right has the same fabric all around. The glossy fabric you see is called satin. And that is all the difference between a suit and a tuxedo.
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