The tuxedo has been used as the ultimate piece of formal wear for well over a century. This outfit was named after New York’s Tuxedo Park, where it was reportedly worn first. Since inception, several variations have been developed. You can now find tuxedos in a variety of collars, white dinner jackets and long ties. In addition, modern tuxedos come in a wide range of colors and fabrics.
When you have been invited to a wedding or a prom event, you will want to be certain that you dress for the occasion. For this, you need to decide whether you are going to buy or rent your outfit. You need to weigh the pros and cons of tuxedo rentals before deciding to rent or purchase one.
So, should you buy a tuxedo?
A quick answer to this question is your current financial status. If you are going to wear the tuxedo more three times in the next couple of years, then you are better off buying it. Since a brand new tuxedo goes for about $1,000 and tuxedo rental runs approximately $200, you will get value for your money if you buy one for long term use.
There are of course, other reasons why you may want to buy a tuxedo when you visit the store. For one thing, purchasing your own tuxedo will give you an opportunity to choose your preferred fabric, design, lapels and buttons. For instance, if you are going to wear your tuxedo primarily during warm, summer months, then you are better off getting one made from lightweight fabric. Superfine wool tuxedos are, on the other hand, perfect for any season. Generally, the choice of tuxedos for sale will be wider broader than those for rent. This purchasing a tuxedo becomes the best option if you are looking for something unique and custom.
When you choose to purchase, you will also be able to get the tuxedo tailored to your size. This will ensure that you end up with the best fit. However, if you choose to purchase a tuxedo, choose a classic design. You want your tux to last a couple of years, so avoiding choosing something particularly trendy.
Should you rent a tuxedo?
Tuxedo rentals will work for you if you do not need to wear the tux on a regular basis. It would be a costly investing forking out $1,000 on an outfit that you will only wear on a single occasion. Plus, a rented tux comes with all the formal accessories such as the shirt, shoes, tie, studs, cufflinks, suspenders and cummerbund or vest.
Just like the decision to buy a tux, there are other reasons why you may want to rent. For instance, if you do not want to be tied up to one outfit and are instead looking for something that is hot at the moment, then consider renting. This will allow you to choose a different look for every occasion.
It is easy to believe that all tuxedos are created equal — that you can walk into the nearest formalwear store and pick up your wedding or prom day duds. This is not true. It will take you a little effort to find the right tux for your event. Just be sure that you are looking to rent or buy your own tuxedo.