A set of matching coat and trousers is traditionally called a suit. But what are the differences between a tuxedo and a suit and can they be worn interchangeably? The idea that one type fits all simply doesn’t apply and frankly, it never will. Indeed, different occasions call for different types of suits. Though they can seem similar, there are distinguishable differences between a tuxedo and a suit. In the world of bespoke tailoring, there can even be a range of tuxedos and suits that don’t meet the “traditional” standard.

The fabric

The fabric

Both tuxedos and suits are commonly made from materials like wool, but the big difference between a tuxedo and a suit is the use of satin or silk in the tuxedo. A tuxedo jacket typically black in color has satin facing on the lapels, buttons, pocket piping and a satin stripe down the side of the trousers legs. Your everyday suits won’t feature any satin and this is a fundamental difference between the two.

The colours

Suits typically give you a lot more colour including navy, grey, black and khaki besides style options, so if you want to create a bold look that is all you, a suit might offer you more fashion freedom. Tuxedos are available in a limited colour range than suits. Most people go for traditional black or midnight blue tuxedos. Other options can be found but are almost always a darker solid colour. The lapel facing satin on a tuxedo jacket will still typically be an elegant black or midnight blue. The black lapel can offer a chic contrast if you opted for a blue tuxedo.