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A tuxedo - suggestions for a slim guy on an equally slim budget

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I'm in need of a tuxedo for an upcoming graduation, followed by a wedding a few months later. Where I live, the menswear options are considerably lacking (save for Four Horsemen and Outlooks, although Four Horseman doesn't carry formal-wear, and Outlooks doesn't carry anything black-tie), especially for all things black-tie related. Further compounding this issue is my jacket size - 36R - and my 6 foot tall, 150 lb frame (finding a 36R jacket in the only department store we have in my city, The Bay, is more or less impossible outside of a few JNY sport-coats), in addition, my budget maxes out at $1000 CAD including shipping, taxes, and duties. 

 

In short: I need a tuxedo less than $1000, available in 36R jacket sizes, and obviously slim-fitting, considering my approximate 6 foot tall, 150 lb frame. I need the tuxedo before May.

 

What I'm currently considering is JCrew's shawl-collar tuxedo: http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/suiting/blacktie/PRDOVR~50676/50676.jsp however, after reading various threads throughout Style Forum, the roughly $900 for the JCrew tuxedo seems to be extremely overpriced for the quality of the garment. 

 

Anyway, this is my first post here after 'lurking' for a long while, so apologies in advance for anything I have missed or have failed to do. All help is much appreciated. I'm also more than willing to answer any questions or add/elaborate on anything I've already said. 

 

Thanks


Edited by BrandonJG - 3/1/12 at 1:24pm
post #2 of 41
suitsupply

http://www.suitsupply.com/shop/1.P3273/Suit?filter_27=736#
post #3 of 41
I believe that your height and slim build scream out for a double breasted Tuxedo:

468
http://asauvage.com/ as seen on the everyguyed network

Brooks Brothers has the Jacket only for under $900.
post #4 of 41
Jos. A. Bank has tuxedo separates that you can combine to create a full dinner suit, & they're currently on sale.

Jacket for $153: http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_229131

Pants for $104: http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_101457

You can use the money you save to get the tuxedo altered to fit you properly.

If you want to try online made-to-measure, Indochino is a very budget-friendly option: http://www.indochino.com/collection/Tuxedo-Suits

And I've heard good things about Magnoli: http://www.magnoliclothiers.com/royale-tuxedo-tuxedos-p-246.html
post #5 of 41
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by black_umbrella View Post

suitsupply
http://www.suitsupply.com/shop/1.P3273/Suit?filter_27=736#


 

Thanks, black_umbrella - I found an alternative to that version that seems more classic (matching colour single button, no ticket pocket, jetted instead of flap pockets.) However, the fit is listed as "Smoking" instead of "Washington" and there's no description of the "Smoking" fit... any ideas? http://www.suitsupply.com/shop/1.P1109A/Tuxedo?filter_27=736#


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Green Lantern View Post

I believe that your height and slim build scream out for a double breasted Tuxedo:
468
http://asauvage.com/ as seen on the everyguyed network
Brooks Brothers has the Jacket only for under $900.


Thanks, Green Lantern, and I would much prefer DB over SB as well, however finding a jacket, along with matching pants, is difficult at my price point. $900 is too steep for the jacket alone, especially before taxes, duties, and shipping fees.

 


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by BLU8 View Post

Jos. A. Bank has tuxedo separates that you can combine to create a full dinner suit, & they're currently on sale.
Jacket for $153: http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_229131
Pants for $104: http://www.josbank.com/menswear/shop/Product_11001_10050_101457
You can use the money you save to get the tuxedo altered to fit you properly.
If you want to try online made-to-measure, Indochino is a very budget-friendly option: http://www.indochino.com/collection/Tuxedo-Suits
And I've heard good things about Magnoli: http://www.magnoliclothiers.com/royale-tuxedo-tuxedos-p-246.html


 

I've noticed many people recommend Jos. A. Banks for a classic tuxedo at an affordable price, my main worry is that they'll fit terribly as they seem to be on the much more classic fitting side of things. I may try an online MTM service in the future, but I don't have the time to risk the probably multiple amount of remakes and time that will take to get right. 

 

Can anyone else comment on Magnoli?

post #6 of 41

The suitsupply's 2-button tuxedo looks really good.

post #7 of 41

Fucking SuitSupply, dawg. 

post #8 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesny View Post

The suitsupply's 2-button tuxedo looks really good.


Apart from the fact that it's 2-button. And has flapped pockets. And has horn buttons. And has a ticket pocket. And has no satin stripe down the side of the trousers.
post #9 of 41
the whole thing looks like a super shiny black suit, not a tuxedo
post #10 of 41

A shawl collar will accentuate your tall, lean frame.  The double breasted jacket is a nice idea as is the peak lapel.

post #11 of 41

double breasted has to be kept done up though to look good IMO. They do look good though

post #12 of 41
Thread Starter 

OK, thanks for the advice everyone. At present, I'm thinking of going for this: http://www.suitsupply.com/shop/1.P1109A/Tuxedo?filter_27=736#

 

Thoughts?

post #13 of 41
Thread Starter 

Accidental double post... my apologies. Please delete.

post #14 of 41

That's a nice lapel for a tall, lean frame.  Good choice.  Best of luck.

post #15 of 41
Perhaps this in a 36: http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/boss-black-cary-grant-tuxedo?ID=435207&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results

Or if you can find this: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/tommy-hilfiger-suit-separate-tuxedo-shawl-collar-slim-fit?ID=580327&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results (you'd have to have the belt loops hacked off by a tailor)

Are you a member of Gilt? Sometimes they'll have Martin Greenfield tuxedos for about a grand.
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