Have you ever opened an invitation to a wedding and cringed? Not because you weren’t happy for the couple, but because you read the two words you just dread the most, “black tie.” Yep, you’re going to have to wear a tuxedo. And if you don’t own one, you’ve got some decisions to make. Should you buy or rent? And where should you go?
Where to rent
Generation Tux is changing the way men rent formal wear. Started by George Zimmer, who was a founder of Men’s Warehouse, it has streamlined the entire process while offering options that are equally stylish, easy, and convenient. The entire system is seamless, no pun intended.
So what makes Generation Tux different from traditional rental services? There are a lot of reasons, according to Matt Schow who their EVP of Marketing & E-Commerce, “We believe our tuxedo rental experience will be a highlight of your special day. No other tuxedo or suit rental service – online or in-store – provides the same superior quality, guaranteed fit, on-demand zTailors, online event management and a hassle-free experience. And, thanks to a deep inventory, a broad color assortment, and a centrally-located warehouse, Generation Tux is the largest online tuxedo delivery service, shipping anywhere in the country in wrinkle-free patent-pending packaging to ensure quick receipt.”
If you only attend formal events occasionally, it’s a no brainer. You should rent. But, if you get a lot of invitations in the mail, you still might want to rent. Do you really want to wear the same suit all the time? Every selfie you take will look exactly the same. With renting, you can wear a different ensemble every time. But, those aren’t the only cases for renting. If you are in the process of losing weight or changing your body, it wouldn’t be prudent to buy a tux that won’t fit you in six months from now.
Where to buy
While it’s easy to get away with an inexpensive suit sometimes, the same can’t be said for an inexpensive tux. And if the fabric rips or pills, replacing it costs you even more money. So, when it comes to bargain basement formal wear, buyer beware!
If you aren’t sure what style looks best and just want something classic and reliable, go to Brooks Brothers. They also offer basic alterations for free.
Barneys New York has lots of fresh modern looks. From Ralph Lauren to Comme Des Garçons Homme and labels you haven’t heard of or cannot pronounce, Barneys has it all. If you want something that will stand out, this is the place to find it.
J.Crew has a reasonable selection of tuxedos under $800, which is a pretty fair price. They also have nice shirts and other accessories.
Macy’s has incredible pricing on tuxedos. Some are even under $200. While we can’t vouch for the quality, if you are on a budget, Macy’s might even be cheaper than renting.
If you go to a lot of events, it’s probably in your best interest to make the investment. When you rent, you can’t always get exactly what you want. You also need to account for the cost of accessories, shirts, shoes, etc. Don’t be afraid to do the math. For the price of a few rentals, you might be able to buy a tuxedo and hopefully have it for many years to come. To prevent formalwear monotony, be daring when it comes to bowties, cufflinks, cummerbunds, etc.