Is A Custom Menâs Tuxedo Really Worth It?
September 1st, 2014
When you were younger, you probably never really thought much about whether or not you should purchase a menâs custom tuxedo. It was only ever the odd and occasional event that even warranted black-tie dress codes. If youâre like most guys, you probably never thought youâd spend any amount of time at charity dinners, the opera, and tons of weddings. Your dad probably always rented his tuxedo.
But, as youâve aged, youâve undoubtedly found yourself in need of a tux on numerous occasions. Whether itâs the dozens of weddings most of us will attend in our late twenties and thirties, or important business events, thereâs no doubt that guys have plenty of occasions that necessitate wearing a tuxedo.
With the frequency that you find yourself wearing one, you may have started wondering whether or not buying a custom menâs tuxedo is a good idea.
Consider the Cost of Renting
Assume that you only attend one event per year that requires you to wear a tuxedo. If youâre getting a nice one (any any event that requires a tux is definitely an occasion that dictates you have a nice one) youâll spend about $200.
Youâll have to spend your time going to the rental store, having slight alterations made, and then returning the tux. If you do this for a decade, youâre looking at an âinvestmentâ of at least $2000. But, we canât really call a tux rental an investment, as that term indicates thereâs some sort of return on your money. Itâs more of an avoidable expense, and to continue renting is to continue throwing money away.
Consider the Cost of a Menâs Custom Tuxedo
On the low end, you can have a menâs custom tuxedo tailored for about $1,000. Thatâs the same as you would spend just renting one tux per year for five years â and weâve already agreed that youâll need to wear a tux at least once per year for a ten year period. Clearly, when it comes to keeping your hard earned money in your pocket, the menâs custom tuxedo is the winner.
What About Changing Body Types?
Most guys will put on a few pounds as they get on in years. But the chances of your body changing drastically enough in a ten year period to keep you from fitting into your tux are very low. Most guys weigh about the same at 35 as they did at 25. With each additional year that passes, your odds of bulking up continue to decrease â meaning youâre even more likely to have the same body type at 45 as you did at 35.
While renting a tux certainly has a small advantage in this area (if you gain 100 pounds, you will definitely need some serious alterations on your menâs custom tuxedo), the chances of your body changing that drastically are slim enough that we can avoid it entirely.
What About the Fit of Rentals and Menâs Custom Tuxedos?
Hands down, the custom tuxedo is going to win. Sure, a good tailor will be able to modify a rental enough to make it fit well, but it will never match the custom fit of a professionally tailored tuxedo. Not only will you look better in a tailored piece, but youâll feel better.
And when youâre going to a high-class event that warrants black-tie formal wear, youâll want to feel your best. Instead of squeezing into a rental and spending the night wondering if anyoneâs on to you, purchase a menâs custom tuxedo and rest assured that you look just as good as everyone else at the event.