Suits vs. Tuxedos for Prom


Morton East Senior, Antonio Ballesteros, checking out his fancy suit.

Ashley Ceballos and Edgar Alonso

Morton East students prefer suits over tuxedos for prom.

As prom season approaches, high school students across the country are getting ready to put on their best formal attire for one of the most memorable nights of their lives as a high school student. When it comes to choosing the perfect outfit for prom, there are a few key factors to consider, including style, comfort, and personal preference. For many young men, the decision comes down to a choice between two common options: the suit and the tuxedo. While both styles are appropriate for formal occasions, there are some basic differences between the two that can make a better choice than the other depending on the individual’s preferences and the specific dress code for this event. The question is…what do our Morton East Students prefer the most? 

In the world of formal attire, there are certain rules that must be followed to ensure that one looks one’s best. One of these rules pertains to the type of tie that is worn with a particular outfit. The website, “”, states that tuxedos are always worn with bowties, while suits are typically worn with a normal tie or no tie at all. This interesting fact may seem small, but it is a crucial detail to keep in mind when dressing for a formal occasion. Knowing these subtle fashion distinctions can help one make a good impression and stand out in a crowd. 

When it comes to dressing up for special occasions, it’s important to understand the difference between a suit and a tuxedo. While both are formal attire, there is a distinct difference between the two. “” mentions that suits are considered more casual and are typically worn for less formal events such as business meetings or weddings. On the other hand, tuxedos are considered the epitome of formal wear and are reserved for black-tie events such as galas, award ceremonies, or fancy parties. Whether you opt for a suit or a tuxedo, the key is to choose an outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Ultimately, it’s the attitude you bring to the event that will make the biggest impact, regardless of what you’re wearing. 

Something often overlooked is pants to go with your other formal attire. “” also says that tuxedos are always worn with a satin sash, while suits are worn with belts. The satin sash is a hallmark of tuxedo attire and adds a touch of elegance to the outfit. It is also a practical element as it helps to keep the pants in place, preventing them from slipping down. Belts, on the other hand, are a more casual element and are typically worn with suits, which are considered less formal than tuxedos. While this distinction may seem small, it is an important one to keep in mind when dressing for a formal occasion. Getting the details right is essential when it comes to looking and feeling your best.  

Attention to detail is key. One detail that is often overlooked is the type of shoes that should be worn with formal attire. Finally, “” states that the proper shoes to wear with a tuxedo are black leather shoes, while suits can be worn with either black or brown shoes. Regardless of the color, the shoes must be well-polished and in excellent condition to maintain a polished and professional appearance. For formal events, it’s important to ensure that every element of the outfit is just right. Shoes are no exception, and a well-chosen and well-polished pair of shoes can help complete the look and add a touch of elegance to the outfit. So, whether you opt for black or brown shoes, make sure they are in tip-top shape to complete your formal attire. 

As with anything formal, the cost can often be a factor in the decision-making process. According to the Websites, “Flex Suits” and “WeddingWire”, “A quality suit is typically valued at over $300, while a good tuxedo can range from $200 to $499.” While these prices may seem steep, it’s important to keep in mind that investing in high-quality formal wear is worth the cost. These items are often made from high-quality materials and are designed to last for years, making them a worthwhile investment. Additionally, when you factor in the cost of renting formal wear, it may actually be more cost-effective in the long run to purchase your own. Ultimately, the decision to invest in formal wear is a personal one, but it’s important to consider the long-term value of a well-made suit or tuxedo when making your decision. 

In a survey of Morton East students, 73% chose suits, and 27% chose tuxedos. 

“In my experience the suit has proven to be more comfortable, besides the tuxedo implies some etiquette rules, while the suit is a little more casual and is not attached to so many rules,” Said senior Jorge A. Calderon. It seems they prefer something more relaxing if they need to dress formally. 

“If I had to choose between the tuxedo and suit, I’d rather see my man wear a suit. I think he would look great in one if he ever decided to wear one,” Said student Ruby Nino. Anyone planning to dress well for prom, make sure to take some notes if you’re taking someone close to you.

In conclusion, when it comes to choosing the perfect outfit for prom or any formal occasion, it’s important to consider various factors, including personal preference, dress code, and budget. While both suits and tuxedos are appropriate for formal events, there are some key differences between the two that can influence an individual’s choice. Paying attention to details such as the type of tie, pants, shoes, and the overall fit can make a significant difference in creating a polished and professional appearance. Additionally, investing in high-quality formal wear is worth the cost as it is a long-term investment that can last for years. Finally, the survey of Morton East students revealed that the majority preferred suits over tuxedos, and the interview responses highlighted the importance of feeling comfortable and confident in one’s attire. Ultimately, the most important thing is to choose an outfit that makes you feel good, and that reflects your personal style and personality. 

Do you need a suit or tuxedo for prom? One place to check is the Modern Man in riverside mall at 7501 Cermak Rd, North Riverside. You can also check out a Goodwill. The nearest Goodwill is at 1900 S Harlem Ave, North Riverside.