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Tuxedo or Suit?
The tuxedo is always a classic. A good tuxedo is formal wear at its very best. Simple, elegant, and classic. The tuxedo has been the standard for menís formalwear for years. Think 007, Cary Grant, and Sinatra.

A Few Tips:
- Gray or white tuxedos are strictly wedding attire, whereas black tuxedos can be used for multiple events.
- Cummerbunds have become a fashion faux paus. Go with a vest. No Colors. Remember that there are flowers to coordinate with. Go with Black or Silver. Pattern or not, itís your choice. Donít forget the matching handkerchief.
- Either Bow ties or long ties are appropriate. Black, white, silver, the choice is yours. The bow tie is the mainstay of the classic tuxedo. Itís the safe and classic look most Grooms decide to go with. Ties are a nice alternative to this tradition. A tie is modern, sleek, and can set you apart from your Groomsmen wearing bow ties.
- Collared shirts are fashionable with either tie type. The Wing Collar is fading, but still doable with either tie type. Pleated Shirt or Fine Ribbed shirt
- French Cuffs are a must. Maybe youíll get some cuff links for your Groomsmen.
- If you go with a real bow tie, make sure you know how to tie it or have some one who knows how to be at your wedding. Click here for our How To Tie a Bow Tie Lesson. (Coming SoonÖ)
- Tails are for conductors. Not cool, in our opinion. But, to each his own.

A refined suit can also leave a lasting impression. A fine tailored suit is hip, young, and a refined alternative that almost anybody can pull off. A suit can be a practical option for many grooms. After the wedding, a suit can be used for a variety of occasions. Your wedding may be the perfect excuse for investing in one. Most high quality suits donít come cheap. Quality rarely does. But a well-made suit can last you a lifetime if itís properly taken care of. In recent years, a suit is has become an acceptable alternative to tuxedos. A suit can offer more flexibility when it comes to personal style. Think Oceanís 11, George Clooney, and Jude Law.

For a less formal wedding, a nice suit can still be classy. A black pinstripe suit will really look sharp next to your beautiful bride with or without a tie! Again, take it a notch (or two) higher than the typical suit you would buy.
Different brands have different fits. For example, Prada makes suits that tend to be somewhat fitted, Armani tends to be on the looser side and Hugo Boss tend to fit the tall, slender person very well. Find a brand that matches your budget, fit, and style, and stick with it.
Beach weddings can be extremely causal. Linen pants, a fine white pressed suit and barefoot. Styliní!
Regardless of what you decide to do, make sure the suit youíre wearing matches the mood and theme of the wedding.

To Buy or Rent?

Consider whether to rent or buy your formalwear.
If you are having a formal wedding, consider buying a tuxedo. Most rental tuxedos are of moderate quality. Purchasing a tux now will save you money in the long run for future weddings and for formal events. You will also have a better fitting, tailored tux.

The Pros and Cons of Renting or Buying a Tuxedo
Do you buy or rent your tuxedo? The best way to decide is to ask yourself whether or not you see yourself attending a lot of Black-Tie events in the future. If you see yourself in this position, buying a tuxedo is probably the best decision. A tuxedo that is purchased can be tailored to your specifications. This makes for a tux that will fit and look a whole lot better. On the other hand, if you don’t see yourself attending anything that requires a tuxedo, renting is your best choice.

Pros of Renting:


Finding a tuxedo to rent is fairly easy

Lack of selection makes decisions easier to narrow down.

Potential groomsmen don’t need to search for tuxedos on their own.

Practical- No uses in buying a tuxedo you’re only going to wear once.

One Stop Shopping: You can shop for rental shoes and tuxedos all at one location.

Easy to Match tux with Groomsmen’s tux’s

Cons of Renting:

Lack of selection

A lot of rental stores carry tuxedos that can look outdated or cheap

Tuxedos can’t be tailored to suit your body type

Pros to Buying a tuxedo:

Wider selection is available for purchase

A tuxedo can be tailored to fit your body type

Retail stores carry more contemporary styles and cuts

Stores often carry tuxedos of a higher quality

If you plan on attending a lot of functions where a tuxedo is required, then buying is your
       best option.

Cons to Buying a tuxedo:

Shopping for a tuxedo can be time consuming. Shopping at multiple stores, tailoring the suit
        to fit your needs, not being able to find the right shoes, etc.

Quality tuxedos are often very expensive.

Unpractical- buying a tuxedo you only plan on wearing once doesn’t make much sense.


Ask your lady to come along to several Suit and Tux Shops for a try-on session. This will allow her to give an opinion on the style of tuxedo that best compliments her dress.
Consider giving your guys a break and choose a standard black tux with or without a certain vest and tie for them. That way they can wear their own tux if they own one. If you go with matching vests and ties, they can be rented separately. Set yours apart from your groomsmen and choose a different color tie and/or vest from the rest of your groomsmen.

If you choose to have your groomsmen wear the exact same tuxedo, Set up a time to fit formalwear. If they are coming from different parts of the country, choosing a national chain may make this easier for your boys. Some chains offer websites that allow your guys to enter in their sizes.

Any formal wear rental chain can meet any particular needs you might have. Just make sure there is a store located close to the wedding location so items can be picked up and returned easily. This can avoid groomsmen having to bring their rented tuxs on the plane and having them wrinkled on the wedding day.

Regardless of whether you wear a suit or a tuxedo, you’re going to need new shoes. Shine ‘em up at a shoe shiner near you!
If wearing a suit, your belt should be the same color as the shoes.
A tux does not require a belt. Don’t even try it. If you’ve lost weight, go with suspenders.

The Tux shoes:
Patent-leather shoes are the standard, but definitely not necessary. A brand new pair of black leather shoes, newly shined will also work and may be more comfortable for the hours of dancing ahead. Rental companies will charge you an additional fee for usually low quality patent-leather shoes. Consider wearing your own new black shoes instead.

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