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A necessary commodity every man over the age of 25 should own is his own tuxedo. You may argue that you are not the one to frequent those kind of events and it is easier to rent a one. Though rental services have been getting better by day when the black tie events and official wedding invites start piling up the rental bills starts growing with that. Though rentals are sometimes a easy bailout nothing compares the feeling of wearing a good tuxedo that is made just for you. Or atleast fit just for you.
So what stops everyone from getting a good tuxedo? The price. Tuxedos can get pretty expensive when you go for a quality and fashionistic one. These are costly when compared to suits and there is a wide number of people who still argue why to spend a fortune on tuxedos while you can still wear suits to the events. Yes you can always wear a suit for these events but tuxedos give you an unparalleled look of elegance with a hint of luxury that no suit can achieve. This made tuxedos the symbol of the ritzy look and still continue to be the same. So what makes this tuxedos stand apart?
It all started with a man called Griswold Lorillard when he chose to wear a tail less jacket to an strictly black tie event hosted in present Tuxedo park, New york at 1886. Of course he was thrown of the party for his blatant display of rebelliousness and also for defying the dress code but he started a new trend among people who were already tired of the tailed attire. Now his tail less style has moved along time refined and is now is considered one of the most formal attires in evening wear to a extent that it is better known as dinner suit in United Kingdom. A tuxedo is more formal wear than a suit and is expected to be worn for the most formal black tie events. They are the custom choice for the evening parties and is never worn as a casual wear. You can wear a suit all day long with minimal attention garnered but tuxedos in a casual place turn heads for sure. Thus a tuxedo sends the message that the occasion that you are going to attend is special unlike the moments you dress up to look good.
Another major event that makes tuxedo a must is the weddings. The groom is required to match the elegance of his bride's impeccable wedding dress and there is no better option that a tuxedo to check all the boxes of special and a elegant look. It is one of the most important days of his life and it is imperative to make it the best. Not only the groom the groomsmen too have the duty to complement the look of the main man. Thus even if you are not planning on getting married anywhere near now there is always a friend who needs you as the best man.
So it is important to know the basic things that can make your shopping of tuxedos easier. It is first imperative to gain the knowledge of what kind of tuxedos suit which kind of events. As of every case in clothing industry tuxedos also have a lot of varities and learning about all their differences may prove to be time consuming. Thus it may be effective if you sort out your preference first and then cross match it with the requirements of the event that you are buying the tux for.
First of all never choose a tuxedo unless it is a very formal event like a black tie event or a wedding. Since tuxedos are the ultimate formal wear they can make you look overdressed if you wear it out of place. You even can see celebrities reserving the tux look for the special parties and award ceremonies. Tuxedos are to be worn only after 6 p.m since it can be too formal as a day wear. If it is unavoidable then choose a darker color of tux since it can be overwhelming to wear bright colors in the sun.
If you receive a invite stating black tie optional it is always a must rather than what the invite says. So always go for a tie even if its optional. Make sure to select a real one since there are a lot of fake ones going around and are identifiable at a glance. Knowing how to tie the knot is the preferrable option but if not the case asking for help may be the best. Tuxedos are known for pairing it with the traditional bow tie but if bow is not your choice you can go to the second best one, a straight tie. But remember to always pair it with a peak lapel since bow tie is the only sensible option for the shawl lapels. It is always safe to go for the darker colors like black and midnight blue since these colors are the classic options and have a little chance at failure. This is kind of a serious rule when it comes to formal events. But recent additions of darker greys have been seeing light but it has a long way to go before it makes the front line. Flashy tuxedos are definitely a no for formal events unless you want to turn the attention on you along with some notable frowns.
The drawback of a rental tuxedo is that it will never be your tuxedo. It is near impossible to get a right cut tux if you are going to rent. And the fabric is also not going to be of the prime quality which further makes the fit hard to fix. But if you are a young person and still hurting on cash you just have to find the right kind of rental companies that offer a decent fit. There are a lot of online rental companies that have fit algorithms that make finding the right fit effective. You just have to find how to measure according to their size chart and then leave it to them to suggest you the right fit. These size charts include the information entered in the order forms and only then the order is taken. The size chart is the important feature here and spending some time and taking the right measurements can save you a lot of worries. If you think measuring is not your forte visiting a tailor and get it done may help.
If you know tuxedos you might also have come across cummerbund. This is the traditional accessory that needs to be added to complete the conservative look. This rule has fiddled away with time but it is pretty serious if you are considering very formal events. Cummerbund is fundamentally a girdle designed to give you an uplift. Some sites have different sizes of cummerbunds pertaining the body shapes. If you decide to wear the accessory you must always wear with its pleats facing up. But if you prefer to avoid this hassle you can adjust the style with other options. Wearing a double breasted tuxedo with all its extra fabric already offers the uplift you require thus nullifying the need of the cummerbund. If single breasted you will need to pair your jacket with a suitable vest thus ridding yourself of the accessory.
As important it is as choosing a tuxedo, finding a shirt to match its style is a necessary thing. The simple option is to go for a shirt with French cuffs. This is make your choice easier. Otherwise you will have to hunt hard for a suitable shirt mostly pleated or ruffled type. Bibbed shirts are the second best option to go with. Bibbed shirts have the extra fabric running at the middle portion of the shirt so that it is not transparent when worn with a tuxedo.Even with the support of a classic tuxedo it is only a matter of time that your look turns disastrous if not properly paired with the right shirt and pants. When it comes to shirts there are two types of collars , point collars and wing collars. Point collars are the traditional type while the winged collars are designed to reveal the band of the bow tie around the neck. Both shirt type works well with the classic tuxedo style. When it comes to choosing pants it is most preferrable to have a silk stripe running down the outside of each leg and never to cuff them.
Flap pockets best coordinates with the tuxedos and gives you the royal no nonsense look. If for events like wedding pocket squares are a must. A small one can be worn in the breast pocket. Selecting a matching color to your outfit can add a polish to your look. Make sure it is not the same color as of your tie.Cufflinks are a preference of the wearer. Cufflinks should always be of the same metal of the belt be it gold or silver. If you are a person who is not into cufflinks select a dress shirt with buttons at the cuffs.
Suit pants have belt loops but if you prefer suspenders you can go for it unless going for both at the same time. As for a tuxedo you will need extra support so it is advisable to go for a suspender rather than a belt.Last comes the accessories that are necessary to complete the look. Leather shoes with tuxedos has been the classic look but polished Oxfords are also acceptable. Make sure to go for plain round toed shoes and avoid casuals like sneakers and sandals at any rate. Be the tuxedo any color always go for a black or white silk socks that stretch to mid calf or the knee. Watches are the adders of the elegancy. Stick to the most formal ones like a thin silver watch and never go for the sporty ones.
All that being said it can be noted that rocking a tuxedo can be sometimes pocket draining especially if you are not a affluent one. Thus owning a tuxedo may seem a long shot and frankly an unnecessary one to deal with but there is always something for everybody. Renting a tux is a good option but it is time consuming and sometimes a hassle. So owning one good tuxedo can save your day for times to come. The wholesale outlets comes to the rescue at these times. There is a increasing rise in the wholesale suppliers and distributors of the suits that now extend its services to tuxedos too. Knowing the location of these wholesale shops near you may be a godsend option in times of emergency. On the contrary if you have time to spare with there are a lot of online sites that bring you the wholesale option to your doorstep. Knowing the options of these wholesale shops and choosing the right kind may save your pockets since they offer suits and even tuxedos at a price that is much lower than a custom made one. These wholesale tuxedos may not be like the custom ones or the brand ones but can be pretty impressive if chose wisely. These wholesale ones are the option you may want to choose if you are to make the best of your money.
Thus knowing the changing trends and a little research on the nearby wholesale and rental suppliers and online portals may be imperial if you are contemplating on the aspects of how and where to buy a tuxedo that is of a decent quality and hoping it to decorate your wardrobe for a long time. Take the decision now and just purchase the right one that you can rock.