BITNB – Blue is the New Black

For tuxedos, blue is becoming the new standard in formal wear. In recent years, more and more celebrities have been rocking their formal wear in shades of blue; a color so recurrent throughout the seemingly endless awards season that it became the new black. Whether the trend is inspired by James Bond or simply vintage, the men of Hollywood have caught the blue tux bug.

Photo from Bradley Cooper, Damian Lewis, Navid Negahban, and Tom Hooper

Photo from Bradley Cooper, Damian Lewis, Navid Negahban, and Tom Hooper

Clifton Berry, owner/co-founder of Clifton Charles in New York City, says, “Midnight blue tuxedos are a classic, beautiful option for formal wear. The deep navy blue color reflects and appears rich under artificial lighting, so it is the perfect option for formal evening events. The wearer will stand out amongst a sea of dusty black. Blue is definitely the new black. Midnight blues, as well as several other shades of blue, have been appearing on red carpets of the Oscars, SAG Awards, and other prominent events on the backs of Hollywood’s most sartorially elite gentlemen.”

1 - CopyFashion-forward evening wear first premiered the color alternative in the 1920s, but it was a decade later when the midnight blue tuxedo escalated in popularity. By the end of the 1930s, midnight blue tuxedos were purchased just as frequently as black ones. The blues were constant until colored tuxedo jackets began trending in the sixties. As the color was slowly reintroduced in the past few years, it has exploded with popularity yet again.

Despite whatever color the fashion industry says is the “new black,” there are certain articles of clothing that we prefer to be more timeless. In this case, we tend to steer toward colors that will always be fashionable, regardless of the season or year. No matter how popular the current trend may be, some investments, like evening wear, should never go out of style.

But why, in some cases, does timeless simply have to mean black? A basic black tuxedo is perfect for just about any formal occasion. Many men assume that a proper tuxedo is always black. There is no arguing that a man in a custom-tailored tux will look as good and as confident as he feels. However, it is possible to stand out with a classic. A dark blue tuxedo is an acceptable option. With the addition of colors, guys can now take chances on more than just lapels and cuts. Through the increasing popularity of custom-tailored menswear, guys are starting to make dressing for a formal evening look fun!

Men have slowly stopped asking, “what are the rules?” when it comes to evening wear. As dress codes continuously become more lax, you have more opportunity than ever before to show off your personal style. This should not mean you appear to be wearing a costume or that it’s a good time to dust off your pink tux from the 80s, but you can get more imaginative than the typical penguin suit if you feel you have fallen into a tux coma. So when you are invited to a Black Tie Optional event, you can look forward to dressing to the nines. Take full advantage of the word “optional”; Black Tie doesn’t even have to be black anymore, and it’s a license to use a little more color.

2Whether you are going for the modern wedding look or simply just looking to spruce up your evening wear, a dark blue tuxedo is dressy enough for even the most formal occasion. It draws the appropriate attention; it’s unexpected and radiates a subtle confidence. From navy to midnight, and various shades in between, more and more people have been riding the blue tux wave. As stated by Clifton Berry, “This is one trend you should definitely emulate.”


5 Reasons to Invest in Custom-Made

Debating whether or not you should rent a tux vs. buying one? Maybe you’ve already decided to rent because it will be cheaper. But, have you considered the economic value of purchasing your own tuxedo? To quickly summarize this point, take a look at our info-graphic below:

photo(9)The initial difference in cost is almost enough to help you decide on a rental. However, when you consider the difference in the long-run, you easily save more than you spend when you invest in a custom-tailored suit or tuxedo.

Not only is it cheaper, but once you make the investment, it’s also much easier! You no longer have to go through the trouble of renting a tux for each and every special occasion. All you have to do is simply go into your closet, put on your beautiful Clifton Charles custom suit, and you’ll be one of the most sharply dressed men at the party! If the dress code is unspecified, a classic suit is always an appropriate choice.

Now, think about the fit. Do you really want to pay between $150-$200 for a rental suit that might not fit right? When you invest in a Clifton Charles custom-made suit, it will be tailored to fit you, and only you, perfectly. We take your specific measurements to create a suit that fits and flatters. No two men are exactly the same shape or size, so why should your suits be?

Let’s talk customization. This is where men get to have a little fun! Think of all the options you have when handpicking a suit… fabric and color choice, extra details like lining the jacket or piping around pockets, and even monograms. With the help of the staff at Clifton Charles, you are guaranteed to find the perfect ensemble that fits your personal style. If you are feeling overwhelmed with any of the custom details, we are more than happy to make suggestions or recommendations that will suit your needs.

Still not convinced? The most important reason to invest in a custom suit: Confidence. “One of the most rewarding things is seeing the confidence a man has when a suit fits him,” says Clifton Berry of Clifton Charles. A man should look as good as he feels. A custom-tailored suit will do just that.


“My tuxedo was the best fit I’ve ever had. They say when you sell a man the suit he gets married in, you’ve made a customer for life. I think you’ve done just that.” -Sterling M.

Need a summary? Here are the 5 reasons why you should invest in a custom-tailored suit or tuxedo:

  1. Better long-term investment

  2. Simplicity

  3. Perfectly tailored

  4. More options for customization

  5. Confidence.

A groom should never outshine his bride, but with Clifton Charles custom-tailored suits and tuxedos, they have the ability to hold their own next to her like never before.


Check out our latest wedding creation! A luxurious cream doeskin fabric with complimentary black pants for one of our esteemed clients. Notice the detail of the black piping on the pockets and a black silk shawl collar!

How to Look Good in a White Suit

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White suits are a nice respite from the otherwise daily navy blue and charcoal gray suits. The color is known for reflecting sunlight and therefore keeping you more cool than when dressed in darker colors. Fabrics suitable for this type of weather are linen and cotton, which will keep you more cool than for example flannel or wool.

Lately, it is not that easy for guys to wear a white suit appropriately and stylish. It looks quite ostentatious and flashy on people like Diddy, symbolizing wealth and excess. At the same time, on others like Tom Wolfe, it can look smart and demonstrate refinement and decency. To succeed in achieving the latter as opposed to the former, we have some guidelines and recommendations for you to use when you want to wear a white suit.


Most men choose the khaki suit to wear in the summer. Probably not just because they like the color, but also because they do not know how to wear a white suit in the right way. Rule number one is to only wear white suits in warm weather. As soon as the thermometer hits 72°F, you will have the perfect reason to wear a white suit. When you live in a warmer climate, you can really benefit from having a good white suit or two.

Special occasions often call for something different to wear than the usual. Open air summer parties, weddings during the day, and the Labor Day white party are all great times to get use out of your white suit. Not to mention the perfect opportunity to show off any color suit at the regular Clifton Charles events or parties.


We recommend to keep the shirt under your white suit quite simple. The goal is to complement your already attention-getting suit with the perfect shirt. With a white suit, the shirt will stand out more than paired with a darker suit. Choose a solid light pastel color  to create a nice and cheerful summer effect. Another option would be a white fabric with a pen stripe or a flat slate gray. For the more informal events, consider a pale blue gingham check.

We want to discourage you from choosing white, because first of all it is pretty rare to have a perfectly matching white colored shirt. Secondly, a white suit combined with a white shirt can be too formal and when standing in front of a bright light even look luminous.


The rules are pretty simple. Don’t get tempted to wear your heavy, dark dress shoes that you would normally wear with a navy or charcoal gray suit. Choose a lighter shoe to stay in the summer theme, like light tan leather or a light gray suede. The cut of your shoes should be the same as the shoes you usually wear, unless you really feel for something different. If you would like to make a fashion statement, try black suede high tops. Stay away from patent leather lace-ups, because they tend to make your look a lot more formal. Make sure the color of your shoes matches or complements the color of your shirt or with your tie if you’re wearing one. Furthermore, not wearing socks can add the desired casual flair to the look and keep your feet cool.

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A wise option would be to leave the tie at home, since the white suit is associated with summer heat. However, if you feel like wearing a tie, pick a simple and basic one that complements your shirt. Don’t be afraid to go for a brighter colored tie, like aqua blue or fuchsia. If nothing else seems to work, a solid, thin black tie is always an option. Another great addition to the white summer suit would be a classy summer hat, which will – besides being a nice accessory – protect your head against sunburn. Light tan would usually be a good choice, especially when combined with shoes in a similar color.

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