Help finding tuxes made from nicer fabric

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
15019 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m of the belief that buying is always a better alternative to renting. The fit, the fabric, the quality, the feel, is just always better in an owned tux. DH bought two years ago. A tad pricey but after two wearings it’s paid for vs. the rental fee. He wears one a few times a year for functions. It looks amazing on him and it fits like a glove.

Post # 5
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Kir32:  100’s wool, is basically your base line for suits these days.  The higher the number, the finer the fabric.  I would be very, very surprised to find anything much higher than that in rental garments.  Most places don’t even like to carry 100% wool, since polyester helps them hold up to the constant dry cleaning that they have to go through.

Honestly, buying cheap Tuxes will make them look better than renting expensives ones.  A man in a properly tailored, cheap suit, or Tux, will look better than a man in an ill fitting Brioni. is a must read, before purchasing, and also has an extensive list of sellers, over the full range of quality.

I did my whole Black Tie rig, including shoes, for under $400.  I got the jacket & trousers at a consignment store, and my vest from a consignment website.  The nice thing about consigned/thrifted formalwear, is that it gets much less wear, in its lifetime, than a business suit.  So, you tend to find lots in great condition.  I actually bought a second Tux last night, at a thrift store, for $10.  It’s 100% wool, half canvassed, and double breasted, which is a bit different, and slightly less formal, and good for hotter weather, since it doesn’t need a cummerbund or vest.

On fitting, with consignment/thrift stuff, make sure it fits in the shoulders; you don’t want to get into altering those.  Ideally, you don’t want to have to shorten a jacket, that’ll cost $70+.  Taking a jacket in, in the chest/back/waist, count on $20 per seam – usually at least two seams.  If the sleeves are short, like pants, look inside to make sure there is enough extra fabric to let them down.

Here are a couple of good places to buy, at lower cost: (UK, but shipping to North America is very reasonable) (vintage, good shpping rates) (good shipping rates)



Post # 6
2449 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Buy the tux. Unlike your wedding dress, the tux is a classic investment that your husband can wear over and over again through the years. There’s no such thing as a well-fitted, excellent quality rental. When we were looking, we found that Zegna suits had impeccable fit, Ralph Lauren had the widest variety of fabric, and Armani had the best quality for our price range. I wouldn’t say that hubby liked much at Brooks Bros and he’s usually a frequent shopper there.

Post # 7
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Kir32:  Your groom, groomsmen, and fathers don’t all need to be in exactly matching tuxes as long as you are specific as to what they should wear. That’s kind of the point of formalwear being as close to a uniform as we have in the civilian world. This gives those that own tuxedos the option to wear them, those who want to buy them the option to buy them, and the others the option to rent.

As far as quality goes, uses S150s wool, but they have ridiculously skinny lapels, which (1) your fiance probably won’t like if he wears Brooks suits and (2) will look dated in your wedding photos.

@atlbride2013:  I like Brooks suits as well and am not a huge fan of the tuxedos. They don’t have any that combine the fit and styling that I want.

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