Everything You Need To Know About Renting a Tuxedo

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Whether you’re dressing for a wedding or a glitzy black-tie holiday party, it’s inevitable that you’ll eventually need to trade in your go-to suit for a tux. However, you might not be ready to make the investment of purchasing your own just yet. That’s where renting a tuxedo can come in.

Buying a tuxedo can be an expensive investment, and if you don’t have a regular need for one, you probably want to take advantage of the options available in the rental department. Renting ensures you’ll have the perfect tux for the occasion without breaking the bank.

What’s the difference between a tux and a suit, anyway?

At first glance, tuxedos look quite similar to your favourite suit but there are a few key differences, primarily the use of satin on the lapels and the buttons, pocket trims, and on the trousers. Tuxedos are typically paired with a bow tie and vest or cummerbund. Shirts tend to either feature a covered placket or button studs are worn for a cleaner appearance.

While black-tie dress codes and tuxedos usually expect adherence to traditional dress codes, there are still ways to make the look your own. First, consider your collar. While peak lapels are the most common and traditional style, shawl collars, where the lapels are smoothly joined to the collar, create a unique and elegant unbroken drape around the shoulders. Second, black tie doesn’t need to a black tuxedo. Depending on your preferences and the event, you may want to consider navy and grey, or even a subtle pattern.

Here’s what you need to know to make your rental experience a breeze:

  • Plan ahead! Whenever possible, try to book your rental with lots of time to spare. While it’s always possible to do a rush rental, booking in advance guarantees you’ll have the best selection possible and you know you’ll end up with your first pick. During peak times like the winter holiday season, increased demand can mean that your top pick might be unavailable.
  • What’s the occasion? Be sure to check the dress code of your event before coming in so you don’t waste time looking at the wrong options.
  • Keep your budget in mind. Rentals usually offer options at a couple different price points so you can find something that fits you and your wallet perfectly.

From weddings to holiday parties to graduation, looking your best is an important part of the celebration. By taking the time to find the right rental option, you’ll look sharp without putting a big dent in your bank account.


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