by February 25, 2011 at 6:00 am 2,944 0

From left: Andres in a tux by Gucci, shirt by Theory and tie from Zara; Khelan is wearing a Hugo Boss tux, shirt from Club Monaco and tie by Kenneth Cole New York; and John is wearing a tux by Joseph Abboud, shirt by John Varvatos and tie from Club Monaco.

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter (@KhelanB).

Hi there, Borderstanis. So, this coming Sunday marks one of my favorite days of the year. Of course, I’m referring to Oscar Night.

Some may be tuning in to find out whether The Social Network or The King’s Speech wins Best Picture… or what Natalie Portman’s gonna say when she takes home the statue for Best Actress… but I’ll be paying attention to what the glitterati will be wearing on the red carpet. I’m sure you’re absolutely shocked by that piece of knowledge.

However inspired or tragic the gowns worn by the ladies of Hollywood may be and have been in the past, I always end up paying a little bit more attention to the tuxedos the gentlemen are sporting. Sure, tuxes aren’t as flashy as the dresses, but it’s fascinating to see how a guy’s personality comes through in an outfit that is inherently more limiting than a gown. And everyone can look good in a tux. It just has to be the right tux, natch.

The Tux Jacket, Shirt, Tie and Accessories: Khelan lays it all out for you in this week’s column. All with photos and recommendations on where you can purchase each item, natch.

I’m pretty sure you’ve just figured out what I’ll be focusing on this week.

At some point in his life (preferably sooner rather than later), a gentleman, especially one who lives and/or works in the District, absolutely must add a tuxedo to his closet. Leave the renting to the awkward teenager who’s about to go to prom.

Listen, I realize that buying a tux is a daunting task. As much as I love clothes, buying my first tux was a stressful situation. But there are a few easy-to-follow rules that should help you out.



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