Nothing quite tops the tuxedo in regards to formality. As the quintessential black and white tie outfit, there’s a chance you’ll need to wear a tux at least once or twice in your life. And as you’re pulling together your look, you’ll want to find pieces that are not only within your budget and the dress code, but speak to your personal style as well.
What Is a Tuxedo Shirt?
A tuxedo shirt is a more elevated dress shirt, specifically meant to be worn with a tux. They have specific features like luxe fabrics, unique collar styles, and carefully placed studs, all of which are meant to complement the cut of a tuxedo. Tuxedo shirts shouldn't be worn with traditional suits or casual looks.
While it might seem like all tuxedo shirts are the same, there are actually a variety of styles that can help personalize wedding day attire. Whether you’re a groom who wants to stand out, a groomsman in need of a shirt, or a guest attending a black-tie event, we're here to help you shop for the perfect look.
Read on for our favorite tuxedo shirts that’ll make anyone feel dressed to the nines.
Most Relaxed & Refined: Golden Fleece Swiss Pleat Tuxedo Shirt
If you want a quality shirt that’s both elevated and understated, Golden Fleece has you covered. Made from pure Egyptian cotton with a Swiss pleat and tennis collar, this tuxedo shirt is relaxed in the chest and sleeves. Even better, it can be machine washed for easy care.
Most Classic: Suitsupply White Slim Fit Tuxedo Shirt
Show off your muscles with a slim-fit shirt built to flatter and compliment. This pure Egyptian cotton tuxedo shirt features a classic collar, double cuffs, and an unpleated bib in a refined, yet comfortable cut.
Easiest Upkeep: Tie Bar Herringbone Non-Iron Dress Shirt
No dry cleaner? No problem! This no-fuss tuxedo shirt from Tie Bar is 100% cotton and has a point collar and French cuffs. Best of all, you can throw it in the washer and dryer, and toss it on sans ironing.
Most Size Options: Big & Tall Ivory Wing Collar Tuxedo Shirt
Soft and straightforward, this no-nonsense tuxedo shirt comes in a wide range of sizes—all of which boast a rich ivory hue. It also has an adjustable wingtip collar and convertible barrel cuffs.
Best Budget Set: JF J. Ferrar Tuxedo Shirt Set
Looking to build a full tux on a budget? This slim-fit, machine washable tuxedo shirt comes with a bow tie, cummerbund, and cufflinks—all for under $50.
Most Sleek: Bonobos Tuxedo Shirt
Luxurious Italian fabric, French cuffs, and mother-of-pearl buttons come together to create this stylish shirt by Bonobos.
Best Stripe Details: Eton Contemporary-Fit Satin Stripe Formal Shirt
Upgrade your look with Eton’s satin striped formal shirt. The evening collar will look great even after you take your tie off, and the subtle vertical stripes make for a fashion-forward look.
Contemporary Favorite: Brunello Cucinelli Chambray Tuxedo Shirt
While most tuxedo shirts are cotton and white, if you’re looking for something that stands out, we love how Brunello Cucinelli utilizes chambrary in this unexpected shirt. With its spread collar, pleated bib, and French cuffs, it has all the formality with a touch of contemporary.
For Something Blue: Helston Plain-Front Light Blue Tuxedo Shirt
Add a dash of color and wear your own something blue with this plain-front tuxedo shirt by Helston. Made from 100% cotton, it’ll keep you cool while the hue will keep you looking sharp.
Best Designer Splurge: Giorgio Armani Front Bib Tuxedo Shirt
If you’re looking for a luxurious tuxedo shirt that will stand the test of time, this Giorgio Armani staple is a must. With a point collar, bib front, French cuffs, and shirttail hem, it’ll impress each time you put it on.
Most Luxurious: Stefano Ricci Swarovski Hidden-Placket Formal Dress Shirt
If you’re going to dress up, why not go all out with this Stefano Ricci favorite? The hidden-button placket, French cuffs, and shirttail hem are further elevated thanks to the spread collar with a Swarovski crystal button.
Best For First Timers: The Groomsman Suit Classic Tuxedo Shirt
It doesn’t get more simple than The Groomsman Suit’s classic tuxedo shirt. Made with 100% cotton, you can select either a slim or modern fit. The removable studs also give you an option to customize your look.
Most Customizable: Hockerty Perfect Tux Shirt
If you want a tuxedo shirt that’s completely you, customizing one with Hockerty is the ideal solution. Select everything from the texture, the type of collar, the cuffs, the fit, and even the buttons.
Best Royal Oxford: Thomas Mason Royal Oxford Tuxedo Shirt
This Thomas Mason tuxedo shirt is a smart choice for any formal occasion. Even better, you can customize your look by adding a monogram or chest pocket.
For the Life of the Party: White and Black Slim Fit Ruffle Tuxedo Shirt
Don’t let ruffles scare you! While this retro look isn’t for everyone, we love when people find subtle ways to make their tuxes unique. The black trimmed ruffles add a cheeky element to an otherwise formal look.
What to look for in a tuxedo shirt
When it comes to shopping for a tuxedo shirt it's important to find a style and silhouette that fits you perfectly and complements your tux. While it may seem as though all tuxedo shirts look alike, there are actually lots of different styles to choose from. Tuxedo shirts feature specific design elements that range from wing top collars to mother of pearl studs and pleated bibs. All tuxedo shirts are appropriate for a black-tie wedding and must always be worn with a tux.
When is it appropriate to wear a tuxedo shirt?
Can I wear a normal dress shirt with a tuxedo?
While you might be tempted to grab your everyday dress shirt, a tuxedo shirt is a crucial component of a tux. From the cut to the collar to the buttons (whether hidden, studded, or exposed), a tuxedo shirt is essential when donning your best.
Are men’s tuxedo shirts expensive?
While some men choose to invest in a luxe tuxedo shirt, others opt for something lower in price but still high in quality. The key is finding a tuxedo shirt that doesn’t take away from the final, formal look.
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