As with all things sartorial, rules are there to be broken. Never is this truer than when it comes to wearing a tuxedo. Of course, if it's a black-tie event, don't veer too far off course — keep it monochromatic in black and white. But as this is a season filled with weddings, swanky summer soirees and proms, there are plenty of ways to inject some individuality into your tux, by styling it up with cool accessories and a shot of color.

But before you suit up, arm yourself with a few simple tricks to ensure you look like a boss. Check out the tips below, then wrap your eyes around the first installment of our new series of style videos: "How To wear a tuxedo."

Smoothly does it
There are a variety of lapel options to choose from, including notched, peaked and shawl. Don't get too bogged down in that, because they all look crisp. The latter, however, is the best direction to head in if you're looking for a timeless, flattering jacket.

Fake it till you make it
People love throwing shade on the pre-tied bow tie. In reality, however, all this means is the hard work has been done for you.

Give it some personality
You don't want to look like a lost macaw among a sea of penguins, but that doesn't mean you can't rep a tux that catches the eye either. That's why there's a number of color options to pick from. And, if you're feeling even slightly daring, inject subtle splashes of color with socks, a bow tie or cummerbund.