Thanks so much for all of your input! I took all this feedback into consideration while shopping for suits today with my man friend…high-end tux, gray with a pop of color, remember how hot he is…
Shopping for a suit is a funny thing because neither of us know what we want. I was worried we were coming in looking like the Hill People (i.e. “That looks great!” when in fact, we were trying on a waiter’s uniform). Luckily, by telling the sales people we had NO clue, we at least let them know we needed extreme guidance.
We started out at Men’s Wearhouse to get the lay of the land but were pretty aghast at the rental prices for a high-end tuxes. They explained that a Vera Wang tux would be leaner than the normal boxy tuxes, but they went on to explain that with rentals, there wouldn’t be any tailoring on the jacket except for the sleeves–boo!.
(As an aside, isn’t it strange that customers don’t try on rental tuxes? You could try on tuxes that were for sale, but not the exact one you’d be wearing on your wedding day. Why do women go through maybe 20 dresses to find the right one–even trying it on with the “right underwear” and the shoes—and yet for men, it’s just, “Yeah, I see it on the mannequin. Looks good enough.”)
So we went through the “buying” section of tuxes suit jackets and snapped a lot of photos and were almost swayed by the thought of buying 1 suit and getting a second one for $100 (their current promotion), but I made us leave to think about it…and by think about it, I meant I wanted to head over to the vintage store across town, Hollywood Vintage, to compare styles and prices.
I am so so so glad we did. While each suit didn’t immediately look doable like they did at Men’s Wearhouse, there was a lot more charm in each (“OMG this is from 1965 and it’s still crispy! What is this MADE out of??”). Plus, there was something really lovely about buying wedding clothes from a place that was genuinely excited to put together a “look” when we were so obviously under-qualified to make decisions. The guy who helped even suggested the shoes that pulled the whole thing together.
So we ended up with a vintage-y charcoal gray suit with subtle blue and pink pinstripes (ironically, those are the wedding colors) and some kick-ass two-tone shoes (for the whimsy I wanted without the clown-feel of a flamboyant suit)–both for under $200:
Now, we’ll get it tailored and dry cleaned, decide on bow ties or regular ties (oh GOD, how do you figure THAT one out?), and put the other men-folk in gray suits with ties and we’re ready to get hitched.
(And @MademoiselleL you were so right about the gray with a pop of color. Magnifique.)