How Did the Tuxedo Get its Name, Who Invented the Formal Suit, and Where Did it Come From?

In the nineteenth century, the accepted formal dress for men was a suit with long swallowtails.

But one evening in 1886, young Griswald Lorillard, the heir to a tobacco fortune, shocked his country club by arriving in a dinner jacket without tails.

This fashion statement caught on, and the suit took on the name the place Lorillard introduced it: Tuxedo Park, New Jersey.

These days, tuxedos are still popular fashion statements.

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