Prom Attire 101: How to Dress Up as a Guy

Prom night is a special event, and finding the right attire can be a difficult task. Our article provides a comprehensive guide on how to dress and what to wear for prom. From choosing the right suit design to selecting the right colors, we’ve got you covered. Whether you prefer a classic or daring style,…

Man Wears a Blue Tux

Stepping into the world of prom can be both thrilling and nerve-wracking, especially when it comes to finding the perfect prom attire. This guide offers essential tips and insights for guys on mastering the art of prom dressing, ensuring a stylish and confident entrance.

There are many options when it comes to prom attire. You can pick a Tuxedo, a Three-piece suit, a two-piece suit, single-breasted or double-breasted. If you are not familiar with these, don’t worry, I’ll go through them one by one, then talk about the best color options.

Should You Wear Suit or Tuxedo for Prom?

One of the first questions boys ask when thinking about what to wear to their prom is whether they should choose a suit or a tuxedo. To be honest, there are no strict rules when it comes to prom attire as long as it is formal, and the mentioned two is probably the most formalistic option you can wear.

If you are unfamiliar with the different suit options, I’ll describe them in the following.

Tuxedo vs Suit
Tuxedo vs Suit © The Knot

What is a Tuxedo?

The main detail that separates a tux from a regular suit is the satin details, such as satin-faced lapels, satin buttons, and a satin side stripe down on the pant leg. What you need to look after when picking a tux. The color, the fit, and your accessories.

A tuxedo is probably the most elegant attire option you can choose for any event, that’s why you need to keep your accessories to the absolute minimum. Put on a simple bowtie and your classiest wristwatch – smartwatches are not an option right now.

Man Wearing Tuxedo and Holding Two Glasses of Champagne on His Wedding
A Couple Wearing Wedding Attire © Jason Briscoe

What is The Difference Between Single and Double-Breasted Suits?

A single-breasted garment is a coat, jacket, vest, or similar item having one column of buttons and a narrow overlap of fabric. In contrast, a double-breasted one has a wider overlap and two parallel rows of buttons.

Both versions are equally formal and can look just as stylish. It is only a matter of deciding which one you will pick.

Green Double Breasted Suit
Green Double Breasted Suit © Rocketry

Now that we understand the distinctions among various suit types, let’s delve into the focal point of this article: discovering the ideal ensemble for your prom day.

The Best Prom Outfits for Guys

As mentioned in the beginning, if you got the fit and style right, now comes the last and probably most important aspect – the color. The color of your suit will make or break your look. You need to look out for the time of the event, the place of the event, and your personality to make the best decision.

Man Wearing A Burgundy Formal Attire

For example, if you have lighter skin and green eyes, a green tuxedo or suit can be an excellent choice. However, if you are looking for a safe choice, pick a navy suit, and you’ll be able to use the suit at any time afterward.

1. Classic Black Tuxedo

The classic black tuxedo embodies timeless elegance and adaptability, making it a formal tradition for prom. Its neutral canvas allows personalization while ensuring a flattering silhouette and cultural significance.

2. Navy Tuxedo or Suit

As I stated many times, one of the safest choices when picking your suit is the navy suit. It is formal and timeless at the same time. The navy blue suit will go with probably every shirt and tie combination you can imagine. Of course, with a few exceptions.

Navy Blue Suit With Red Tie

3. Gray Tuxedo or Suit

A second safe choice after the navy blue is a gray suit. The gray suit is another suit color that could be fun and professional at the same time. It all depends on the accessories and how you wear them.

When the prom is over, pair it with a plain white dress shirt and a dark tie, and it will be perfect for the office.

Man Wearing Charcoal Gray Suit with Blue Tie

4. White Tuxedo or Suit

Now onto the more extravagant options. A white suit can feel intimidating for many, but if you like to stand out from the crowd with your attire, then this will be the right fit for you.

If you’d like to wear this color but are not sure you’d wear it after the prom, try to find a place where you can rent from. If you buy it, there will be a few places in your life where you can wear it, but the office is none of that.

Man Groom Wearing White Suit

5. Green Suit

And the final color option is green. It is a unique color that could complement you if you are confident enough to pick this suit.

Man Wearing a Green Three Piece Suit for Wedding with Tie Bow and Pocket Square


As you step onto the prom stage, remember that your attire is a reflection of your personality and confidence. By following these essential outfit tips, from understanding suit types to personalizing your outfit, you’re equipped to make a statement that combines tradition, style, and individuality. Now, go rock that prom night!

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Prom Attire 101: How to Dress Up as a Guy
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Prom Attire 101: How to Dress Up as a Guy
For most men, prom is the first time they buy their first formal attire. Be it a tuxedo or a suit – there are things to consider when choosing your prom attire.
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