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post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by Captain Winky View Post
Tell the GF that you're not comfortable going sans penguin suit and see what she says. If she says it's no big deal then forget about it. If she offers to spring for a rental, push for her to buy you one; see how much she really loves you .

I would, however, check out stores like Jos. A Bank and see if you can just buy one cheap. I also saw one at H&M of all places last season for under $200. It was a shawl collar and I really wish I'd bought it as sort of a beater tux, for the price it was quite nice looking.

the part about forcing the broad to buy you the tux sounds good to me. you could prob get one that is passable at mens wearhouse or jos a bank. after all mens wearhouse does have that bogo for $100 deal. be a good oppurtunity to buy a new suit. I mean, you never wear a suit to work, so its not a piece of ur wardrobe you need to be overly concerned about
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by SuitMyself View Post
Again, I must state this: What I do not understand is why you listed what you own and not just simply say you do not own a tuxedo.

Practice your inference skills. Not having one was pretty damn strongly implied, and he listed what he did have for advice on what to wear, given his wardrobe. Choosing "none of the above" and giving advice is valid. Being an utter dick becuase you fail at reading comprehension is not.
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post #19 of 29
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When I read the title of this thread the first time, I thought the OP meant a black tie event that does NOT require a tuxedo.

Again, I must state this: What I do not understand is why you listed what you own and not just simply say you do not own a tuxedo.

He's saying that he needs to go to a black tie event, he has no tux, and of all the things he owns, what would be acceptable to wear instead.
post #20 of 29
Check Overstock as well, they have a few Lubiam tuxedos in shawl collars and a nice DB model for pretty cheap, if the size is right for you. There is the much maligned (on SF) Mantoni on there as well in a one button peak lapel that looks decent for about $140.00. If you get that and spend $40.00 tailoring you should be fine. Look on ebay for a cumberbund and bow-tie (self tie) if you order the tuxedo, and wear a french cuff, point collar shirt.

Most people will be in god awful rented numbers that are poly blends and way too big, with awful long ties.

If you rent (which I don't suggest when a tux can be bought cheaper than a rental with the info I provided) insist on a one button, peak or shawl collar, cumberbund and bow-tie. The crap they pass off as a waistcoat is a suit vest and they will most likely suggest a long tie...If they do
post #21 of 29
Chances are that you will be invited to other black tie events in the future. Definitely worth investing in one rather than feeling out of place. But if you really don't think you'll get any future wear out of it, then renting is the go
post #22 of 29
I would just rent a tux or not go. Do not wear a suit and be the odd man out. The price you pay to rent a tux will be far less than the humiliation you will feel if everyone else but you is in tux. Black tie is black tie for a reason.
post #23 of 29
Dump your girlfriend. She's obviously a snob. This will fix your immediate problem, as well as many of your future ones.

Seriously, if you have the time check eBay, or just buy yourself a formal tie and wear the charcoal suit. Black Tie in 2010 in almost all but the most elite circles does not mean the same thing that Black Tie in 1940 meant. And I have a feeling if your girlfriend was in that ultra elite cirlce of MAericans (top .1%) she probably wouldn't be dating a guy without a tux.
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by MysticalParrot View Post
I would just rent a tux or not go. Do not wear a suit and be the odd man out. The price you pay to rent a tux will be far less than the humiliation you will feel if everyone else but you is in tux. Black tie is black tie for a reason.

Spot on^^. Black tie(aka Tux) or stay home and watch a movie!!
So either rent a movie or a tux for the night!
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by jobro View Post
You should obtain black tie dress for this black tie event.

This. Because of the availability on the interwebs of cheap formal clothing, there is no reason not to own one. Rent if you don't know what to buy.
post #26 of 29
Simple choice:

Hire one or

Don't go.
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by SuitMyself View Post
When I read the title of this thread the first time, I thought the OP meant a black tie event that does NOT require a tuxedo.

Again, I must state this: What I do not understand is why you listed what you own and not just simply say you do not own a tuxedo.

@SuitMyself: I'm not the OP but it doesn't seem THAT complicated to understand why he did it: He assume he would be appreciative of our comments on his existing wardrobe options, specifically if we think he can wear any of it to the black tie event...

@OP: My personal answer would be no, in line with what has been said above. Sticking out as the only one who didn't observe the dresscode would probably make you feel somewhat uncomfortable. If all else fails, I'd discuss the matter with your girlfriend's parent's who, I'm sure, have an opinion on it.

Good luck
Reto
post #28 of 29
Jakeyt, are you serious about this woman? Her parents are the type to host black tie charity events. Your invitation might be a test.
post #29 of 29
It's not going to be amazing quality, but if you need a cheap tux quick, it's better than renting: http://www.uniformalwearhouse.com/
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