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A Quick Guide To Tuxedo Shirts

Closeup of a tuxedo shirt

Never Fear The Tuxedo Shirt

Look top notch at your next formal event in a tuxedo shirt. Sporting a tuxedo shirt is easy, once you understand a few key features. Here's what to know before selecting your TieMart tuxedo shirt.

Neck Size

When it comes to tuxedo shirts, small, medium, large and so on actually coincide with your neck size. Size small shirts are for neck sizes roughly 14 to 14 ½ inches around, size medium 15 to 15 ½ inches around and so on. Determining your neck size is easy. Use a cloth tape measure and measure around your neck. Add about ½ inch for comfort. Then choose the size that is closest to your measurement.

TieMart Tuxedo Shirts

  • S: 14-14 ½ inches
  • M: 15-15 ½ inches
  • L: 16-16 ½ inches
  • XL: 17-17 ½ inches
  • 2XL: 18-18 ½ inches

Sleeve Length

Arms come in different lengths, you guys. Which is why you'll find tuxedo shirts with different sleeve lengths. The average men's sleeve length is 32 to 33 inches, but don't assume you're average. Take a minute to measure your sleeve length. It's easy, as long as you know what to measure. Using that cloth measuring tape, measure from the middle of the back of your neck, down to the front of the shoulder and then down the front of the arm to the wrist. Choose the sleeve length that is closest to this measurement.

TieMart Tuxedo Shirts

  • 30-31 inches
  • 32-33 inches
  • 34-35 inches
  • 36-37 inches

Collar Style

Just like your everyday dress shirt, tuxedo shirts have different collar options. Though still formal, a standard collar is the most casual of the tuxedo shirt collars. A wing collar is the most formal collar.

TieMart Tuxedo Shirts

  • Standard Collar
    • Versatile. Can be worn with any style of necktie or bow tie, including clip-on bow ties.
  • Wing Collar
    • Wear with a band collar or a self-tie bow tie
    • Loop on the back of the collar keeps bow tie in place. Simply pull the bow tie collar through the loop before tying or securing.

Men's Pleated Wing Collar Tuxedo Shirt

Cuff Style

Since tuxedo shirts are formal, they are usually worn with cufflinks. Pay attention to the shirt cuffs. The cuffs determine whether cufflinks can or must be worn.

TieMart Tuxedo Shirts

  • Convertible cuffs
  • Can be secured with cufflinks (not included) or shirt buttons

Buttons and Tuxedo Studs

The most formal tuxedo shirts are worn with four or five tuxedo studs. These are small, decorative alternatives to shirt buttons. (Think of it as cufflinks for the front of your shirt.) Tuxedo studs are removable so you can change up the style or use the standard shirt buttons instead.

TieMart Tuxedo Shirts

  • Includes 4 removable tuxedo studs
  • Remove and replace with your own tuxedo studs or use shirt buttons

The Bib

Some tuxedo shirts have a bib. It's an extra panel of fabric that runs up the front, mid-section of the shirt, doubling the fabric. Most often it's pleated.

TieMart Tuxedo Shirts

  • Pleated shirts feature a bib
  • Pleats run vertical and measure ¼-inch wide

Men's Pleated Tuxedo Shirt

About TieMart

TieMart is an online retailer of men’s neckties, bow ties, pocket squares, socks and other clothing pieces. With an extensive range of products, TieMart stays on top of the latest fashion trends in men’s clothing. Shop TieMart for everyday basics and bold trends in men’s accessories.


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