Tuxedos are luxurious items reserved for the most precious occasions. Whether it be a black tie gala or a wedding, they are designed for moments that require you to make the best impression. However, they are often expensive and it can be difficult to find one that fits you perfectly, while also showcasing your personal style. If you need to find the perfect tuxedo on a budget, here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Remember to do research before you go anywhere. You need to know the anatomy of a tuxedo so that you can find styles that suit you. You may prefer a double-breasted jacket instead of a single-breasted, or you prefer a shirt with a mandarin collar versus a wing collar. More importantly, you need to figure out whether renting or buying would be more suitable for your budget. The more knowledgeable you are, the more likely you are to find exactly what you are looking for.
If tuxedos are not necessary for the majority of your life, renting is an affordable and convenient way to help you on your big day. Since the tuxedo won’t belong to you, you need to start looking for one as early as six months before the event. You are most likely not going to find the perfect tuxedo on your first day, so you need to give yourself time to try on different styles and to have alterations if necessary. In fact, most rental places offer alterations and tailoring at no extra cost.
While bespoke tuxedos exude luxury at the highest level, they are not practical for those who have financial constraints. If you find yourself attending various events that require a tuxedo, renting a tuxedo can actually add up. High street retailers have begun to offer tuxedos to the everyday gentleman, so you can go to your local mall to find styles that suit you. If you would rather stick with high fashion retailers, remember to choose tuxedos in neutrals such as black so that you can wear it more than once without others detecting it.