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Tuxedos are all about the options

Every January, catalogues featuring the year’s newest wedding fashions reach retailers across the country.

“There are a lot of options to personalize,” said Tod Allen of Allen’s clothing store in Steamboat Springs. “The great thing about being in Northwest Colorado is that we don’t have to walk to the beat of others. Everybody can have what they want because they like it, not because it’s what everybody else is doing.”

When it comes to tuxedos, new colors and designs always are featured in the catalogues.



Last year, Loyd’s in Craig offered capri mint (green) and bubble gum (pink) as new colors, as well as lots of pastels for vests. The store also had a camouflage vest and tie for the hunting enthusiast.

This year, a new trend is wearing hats with hatbands and matching scarves.



“We have a new beach wedding line and longer length jackets,” said Connie Lippold, manager of Bushwackers in Steamboat Springs.

However, not everyone favors the colorful trend.

Allen cautioned against using bright colors in the groom’s outfit.

Donning trendy colors on vests or ties sometimes can make wedding pictures look dated, Allen said.

“Black is still very much No. 1,” he said.

Black tuxedos can be complemented with silver or platinum vests, and the wedding pictures will have a timeless quality, he said.

Windsor ties, which are the traditional long necktie, have become the trend instead of bow ties.

“Ties that match the bridesmaids’ dresses are popular,” said Joyce Swaney, owner of Hems and Hers in Craig. “Other than that, it’s still traditional.”

Shirts for Windsor ties have a lay-down collar rather than a standup collar.

Those ties and shirts go especially well with three-button, short-lapel tuxedos. Allen, who said his store rents out hundreds of tuxedos a year, described it as a younger look than the two-button, long-lapel tuxedo.

Grooms also are choosing to wear square-toed shoes in favor of traditional tuxedo shoes, Allen said.

Western tuxedos are widely available and quite popular in the Yampa Valley. At Celebrations in Steamboat Springs, Western tuxedos feature a mandarin collar and a black string tie or black crossover tie.

At Loyd’s, Western tuxedos come with a bolero tie and usually feature a colorful vest.

Lippold said that more of her customers are renting the regular tux and making their own Western look.

“They’ll get the regular tux and wear black Wranglers,” she said. “And, of course, they wear a cowboy hat.”

Celebrations carries microfiber shirts. The shirts are designed to be more comfortable than cotton and keep a groom and his party cool on hot summer days. The shirts are available in white, ivory, black, champagne and purple.

All of the businesses interviewed receive their rentals from out-of-town providers.

Allen recommends that wedding parties make plans for reserving tuxedos at least a month before the wedding date. But each tuxedo provider said they usually can meet a wedding party’s order with one week’s notice. However, more time may be required during prom season, in April and May.

Bushwackers offers a 10 percent discount if an entire wedding party rents through them by March 31.


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