With New Years Eve coming up in just over a week, many folks out there may be reaching into the backs of their closets and dusting off the old tuxedo. I myself will be needing to do this in late January for a benefit dinner I’ll be attending. Except, when I reach into my closet, I won’t find a tuxedo… because I don’t own one. So time to step up my game. I’ll be purchasing my tuxedo soon. When buying a tux, which isn’t any surprise, it’s best to stick with tradition: Black tux, white shirt, patent leather shoes. While I’d love to be the guy who can pull off a dashing midnight blue tuxedo, or some skull and crossbones embroidered slippers, I know I can’t. And I really shouldn’t, this being my only tuxedo in my arsenal. Over the past month or so, I’ve been doing plenty of research so I can make the best decision when purchasing my tux. So if anyone out there is looking to buy a tuxedo soon, let this be your buying guide. The first thing on my mind with the tuxedo was the lapel. You can’t go wrong with any style: peak, notch, or shawl. Just make sure the lapel is a more formal fabric, such as satin or grosgain. The material on the buttons should also be the same as the material on that lapel. The jacket closure should only have one or two buttons… never more. One additional note on the jacket: this is the only time ventless would be permissible. A ventless tuxedo jacket is as traditional as it gets. That being said, a double vent is fine too, which is what I’ll be going with (because ventless, personally, is just horrible). Also, don’t be that dude with a pre-tied bow tie. It’s just not cool. Get a real one, and tie it yourself. After that, keep things just as you would with any suit: properly fitted to give a clean silhouette. GQ has a great tux buying guide, as well. While I wouldn’t agree with everything they mention, they get paid for this so know it’s still great advice.