I made it through 33 years of my life without ever needing a dinner suit. Over that time frame, I declined to attend maybe two or three events, largely because I absolutely refused to rent anything, ever. Finally just last month, I purchased a used Canali on Ebay for $250, on the assumption that a used DJ from one owner has seen a lot less action than a rental. I'll need to spend about $100 on alterations, maybe $150 for a shirt (probably Eton, since they have the best collar), plus bow tie ($125). I'm still trying to figure out vest versus cummberbund. I prefer the vest (the DJ is one button peaked lapel), but I don't want to have to get one made and I'm not sure where I can source a good vest off the rack. So I may end up with a cummerbund for simplicity's sake. In any case, the entire costume will end up costing me maybe $700, which isn't bad considering that renting a cheap, ill-fitting tux these days runs over $100. If I ever need a really special DJ, I'll ask Darren to make one for me in midnight blue.
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5/8/05 at 1:49pm