Formal party coming up and need a tuxedo in a pinch? Here’s a tip: don’t rent one.
Formal occasions call for a man to look his best. This is achieved by a garment that is tailored to his body, not some cheaply-made, ”few sizes fit all” recycled piece of sh-t.
Here are some alternatives to renting for that “last second” formal party.
1. Velvet Blazer
Pick up a dark velvet blazer and pair it with items you (should) already have in your wardrobe – white shirt, dark grey trousers and black loafers.
A tux rental is going to run you roughly $150-200. In most cases, the rental price is more than the cost to produce the garment, and you only get to borrow it for 24 hours. That’s insane.
This velvet jacket was $99 at Uniqlo, and I’ve seen Wes rock it on numerous occasions – formal events, cocktail parties, out at the club, etc.
It’s a versatile piece, and the more often he wears it, the more he saves.
Wes doesn’t have an official tuxedo shirt. No big deal.
A fitted oxford is going to look much better than an ill-fitting rental shirt, and chances are nobody’s going to notice the difference.
Black plain-toe loafers can be worn with a tuxedo, suit or jeans.
Just give them a fresh shine before the event.
- Black velvet blazer by Uniqlo
- White oxford shirt by Band of Outsiders
- Black bowtie by Brooks Brothers
- Grosgrain cummerbund (vintage)
- Grey trousers by Hugo Boss
- Black leather loafers by Bally