May 1, 2012

At prom, the tie must match the dress

The Associated Press

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This May 2010 photo released by Karen Schwartz shows Arielle Roberts, left, and Jordan Tomlinson at the prom for Stanley Humphries Secondary School in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada. Many prom couples want the boy's tie to perfectly match the girl's dres, and Jordan's mother made his green tie from fabric leftover from Arielle's dress. (AP Photo/Karen Schwartz)


When it comes to vests, the colors are endless

Tom Gross, owner of Tuxedos on Broadway in South Portland, has kept busy this spring with a daily practice of displaying - and then putting away - many of the nearly 600 colors of vests and ties he has in stock. But despite all the options boys have for dressing up their prom tux, Gross said one thing never changes: "Just like weddings, the girls run the show"

That means that boys are expected to choose vests and ties that match their date's dress. According to Gross, this year the hues of watermelon, fuschia, guava, tangerine and scarlet red have been popular.

For jackets the slim fit is in and coats are following the national trend of being worn an inch shorter than they have been in the past. Coat styles lean to the more expensive super wools and microfibers and 2012 prom attendees have almost exclusively chosen shirts with lay-down collars. While Windsor ties are still the most popular, Gross said bow ties are making a comeback.

White tuxes have accounted for only about two percent of the rentals at Tuxedos on Broadway but Gross has had several boys choose the "James Bond" look: A two-button notch lapel white jacket with black slacks and a black vest with a black bow tie.


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