Choosing a Prom Tuxedo
For many young men, a prom tuxedo is their first experience with formal wear. While guys don’t spend as much time choosing a tuxedo as their date will spend choosing a dress, there are still some things guys need to know about choosing a prom tuxedo.
Tuxedo rental vs. purchase– When it comes to deciding on renting a tux or purchasing one, it really all depends on how many formal events you plan on attending. When you rent a tuxedo, it is not custom made to your specifications, whereas purchasing one is. The choice also depends on your finances, since renting one is about $200 whereas buying one is around $1,000.
Know your measurements– While renting a tuxedo is custom fit especially for you, you still need to know your size and measurements. You will need to know the measurements for your neck, waist, hips, chest and height. Tip: tuxedo pants are designed to be worn below your belly button, so be sure when taking measurements for the pants, you take it at your navel.
Choosing a tuxedo style– When it comes to choosing a tuxedo style, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, you want to match the theme of your date’s prom dress. For instance, if she is wearing a blue gown, you don’t want a tux that features a purple vest and tie. Next, you want to choose a basic black or gray tux rather than opting for a powder blue one that will make everyone think you time travelled back to the 1970’s.
Other helpful tips– You should rent your prom tux at least a month before the date of the prom. And most tuxedo shops require that tuxedo rentals are returned the day after you pick it up. This is so that the shop has ample time to have the tux dry cleaned and ready for the next person renting it.
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