Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2014 - Winslow House
This is my first post but I have been religiously watching the site since we got engaged. I am looking for advice on where we can rent a suit that consists of khakis, a navy blue blazer, tie and shoes. Everywhere that I have seen only carry tuxes. Is it not possible to rent the traditional “preppy” suit? We are two brides and have absolutely NO IDEA where to go but would like my brother and both fathers to match.
Post # 2
jaimieleefb: Is purchasing not an option? Rentals are more expensive than I imagined for us and if we had gone with just a suit, I would have had the guys purchase. But really, not many men I know have need of a tux more than once so we rented for $200ish. Express carries really nice menswear – just an idea.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2014 - Winslow House
Soon2BeMrsS: Thanks so much for your reply! Those are great ideas! I was under the impression that renting would be more affordable but I did not relize that you could find suits in that price range. I LOVE their lady suits for myself!
Post # 4
jaimieleefb: Me too! It’s where I get all my work clothes. 🙂 Try Men’s Wearhouse as well. Not sure they’ll rent that combo, but looks like they’ve got an awesome sale right. B1G1 plus 50% off all additional items.
Post # 6
jaimieleefb: This is not a suit, but a blazer and odd pants, so “blazer” is a much better search term.
The outfit you have described is such a staple of a man’s wardrobe, that I would be very surprised to find anywhere that rents it, as it really is someting you’d wear a lot, and would just buy. I cannot remembe a period of more than a year, at any point in my life, that I did not own a such a blazer, and those were only because I’d outgrown the previous one. You could try any costumers that supply quality stuff to theatrical, or film, productions.
I would, however, really recommend buying this particular outfit, and giving the groomsmen the simplest of instructions – navy blazer, and khaki chinos. This gives them the freedom to spend as much, or as little, as they want, and to purchase something that suits their style. It will also look better; identical navy blazer/chino combinations will look very contrived.
Some details to specify (or not, if you are happy with more variety) are whether you want brass buttons, other shank buttons, or horn buttons. On a blazer, horn buttons would be a different colour than the jacket; buttons that match an odd jacket are a tell-tale sign of a suit orphan. You might consider giving them some nice brass buttons (and paying to attach them) as a gift – you can order them online from Savile Row. My father’s blazer has Savile Row brass buttons that he bought on a business trip, and mine has some I ordered online before my thesis defence.
I would also specifcy black cap toe, or plain toe, oxfords (though if someone already has black bluchers, that should be just fine). This is another thing that they’ll get tons, and tons of wear out of.
Post # 7
As Duncan said, a blue blazer worn wwith khaki pants, is not a suit, so that may be why you are having trouble locating information.
Post # 8
I am curious to hear as well. We went to Men’s Wearhouse tonight and you can only rent a TUX, you have to buy a suit–crazy enough the one that was best suited was going to be over 1k at the end of the day…. and the groomsmen wouldn’t match. Um…what?
Post # 9
KayKPhillips: Men’s Wearhouse is not a place to purchase a suit for more than about $350, and you can’t trust that the staff have any knowledge, in particular. Some know things, most don’t. It’s the sort of place you can get good deals of you know what you’re looking for, and what you’re looking at.
If you’re doing suits, prescribing a colour is both more traditional, and more practical than a specific suit. Since may already have the right suit, and, if not, they can spend what they choose. One of my groomsmen spent $800, one spent $400, and one spent $200.