Tuxedos were for semi-formal evening wear, worn with a black tie. A tuxedo jacket has no coat-tail. Most men would have worn full evening attire ("white tie and tails" — dinner jacket with tailcoat and a white tie) for a gala dinner or other formal occasions. But tuxedos would have been in evidence as well, especially with younger men. Men’s shoes for evening were the traditional pump or "spats" with light or dark cloth tops. Gloves were optional except for a banquet or ball.
For day wear, men wore daytime suits with coarse linen shirts, starched separate collars and cuffs, and hats (bowler, Derby, Panama, Havana, etc). They wore patent oxfords or high-laced or buttoned boots. Many men, young and old, carried walking sticks or umbrellas. They also often wore gloves.
Only for sports were men in their shirtsleeves or without ties, and even then they usually had a blazer to wear with a soft linen shirt, linen cuffed trousers, a loose tie or cravat, and a snap-brim cap or straw hat. For sports men wore light oxfords or canvas-sided, rubber-soled tennis shoes.
Nicholas- any men's formal wear shop can give you a good fit. The tuxedo has been around for over 120 years.The first Autumn Ball, held at the Tuxedo Club in October 1886, is marked as the official first appearance of the Dinner Jacket. Then, it is said Griswold Lorillard and his friends startled the people attending the Ball by wearing a scarlet satin lapelled Dinner Jacket, without tails, while all others were attired in the traditional white-tie and tails. And thus was born the elegant garment forevermore to be know as the 'Tuxedo. White tie and tails is still a standard as well as the dove grey morning coat, pin-striped trouser and ascot with pearl pin. I work as a wedding director in the summer and am amazed that so many brides insist on tuxedos for grooms and groomsmen for morning and early afternoon weddings, which is not actually correct attire until 5p.m. at the earliest. Tuxedos stay in style with usually the width of the lapel being one way to date a jacket, or more recently the Armani lapel-less jacket.
Although he did not have it with him when he went down with the Titanic, Spanish First Class passenger Victor Peñasco owned a very stylish silk smoking suit which his family kept in his memory. It represents a mixture of the formal and informal. In Spanish, a tuxedo is an esmoquin or smoking jacket, and in French it is le smoking.