With the right tux, your confidence (and awesomeness quotient) will be through the roof. Image from Eyecandy Images/Thinkstock.

With all of the awards shows rolling through, I figured this would be a good time to present the classic tux as a fashion essential.

I know we mentioned you could use your basic black suit as a substitute, but c’mon – this is “Essential Style for Men”, not “how you can be cheap and get away with it”.

The count of Monte Cristo look via Brioni

The count of Monte Cristo look via Brioni

Although the tux above from Brioni will cost more than your salary for 3 months, there are a few more cost-effective solutions such as Hugo Boss (about $800) and Calvin Klien (about the same).

For your convenience, we’ve added a few tuxes you can purchase below that are in the sub-$1000 price range:

Finally, here are some quick tips before you purchase yourself a classic tux:

  • Since you will be keeping this suit in your closet for a while, please make sure you go with a classic design
  • Please don’t wear a belt with the tux
  • If this is going to be your first tux, go with black – you can rock the velvet, multi-colored and crazy jackets once you’ve got your basics covered

So what are you waiting for?  Go get your James Bond on with a classic tux you can call your own today!

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To create Essential Style for Men, mix 2 parts petrol, 1 part secret agent, 1 part rock and roll, 1 part hip-hop and a shot of tequila in a shaker with ice and vigorously shake for 20 seconds. Pour into a martini glass rimmed with explosives and have a supermodel serve for all your friends to enjoy.