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tuxedo purchase advice soughtDuane Gran
Jan 21, 2004 8:11 AM
I'm getting married this summer and am considering purchasing a Tuxedo. My groomsmen will be renting, but I'm leaning toward purchase because I anticipate using the garment a few times per year over the coming decade and I want to look spiffy for the big day. As a cyclist, my body dimensions tend not to fit the general mold for rental clothing.

I own a nice suit and think I'm versed in formal attire, but I could use a little input. My budget is around $800. I own nice shoes (black, shiny, leather) that should work with the outfit, I believe. My tastes are conservative and I don't want to look back on my wedding photos and see my fashion choice to fit into a narrow window. To this end, I am led to believe that a single button jacket and a matte satin stripe on the trouser is appropriate. I'm planning no vest, but I don't know what is traditional in terms of pleat width, cumberbuns and buttons.

Does anyone have any additional advice on this? Many thanks in advance.
re: tuxedo purchase advice soughtColnagoFE
Jan 21, 2004 8:54 AM
My 2c. If you want it to last go as classic as possible. Think Carey Grant or some of the old movie stars. The tuxedo is a timeless look and shouldn't be thought of as a chance to show off the latest fashion trend from Italy. I'm sure some people would disagree but a single breasted one button coat is probably gonna last a while. Shawl collar is more traditional. Notched tends to start looking like a black suit. Black of course for everything but the shirt (and I suppose the tie and cummerbund if you must). Midnight Blue if you just have to be different can probably work too but black is more traditional. Not too crazy about vests personally. No pleats on the trousers for me though some like that style and there is nothing wrong with them if you like them. If you do get pleats make them not too extreme--no cuffs, black. Easy on the silk stripe down the side. Should be pretty subtle. All in a good quality troipcal weight wool. Shirt Pleated-front shirt with turn down collar (either spread or straight) and wing collar shirt with a pique' front. White of course. French cuff with classy looking cufflinks. Don't wear a watch or bracelet with a tux. Shoes. Patent leather, capless oxfords are the safest choice. Some say a white poket square is a must. Personally I think it's overkill and not classy at all.
thank you! nmDuane Gran
Jan 22, 2004 10:21 AM
Watch the MTV Video Awards. nmSpoiler
Jan 21, 2004 1:17 PM
Is that for an example of what not to wear I hope? (nm)ColnagoFE
Jan 22, 2004 7:58 AM