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Comparable tuxedo to RLBL?

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Hi! I'm looking for a tuxedo for my wedding in 2 months. So far my top choice is the RLBL with the peak lapel. The 40R fits me nearly perfectly, so my only concern is cost. Is there anything out there with similar style and quality, but lower price? So far I've looked at Brooks Brothers (didn't care for the fit, but I guess I could get it altered?) and Men's Wearhouse (no comment). I also looked at Saks and Barneys and the RLBL was my favorite at those places.

 

It's probably obvious, but I'm looking for a somewhat slim fit with peak lapel. I'm in the Los Angeles area, and my budget is flexible, but of course I'd prefer not to pay $2300 if possible. Any input is appreciated - thanks!

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My issue with Black Label suiting is that the rise on the pants are generally too low for suits, which creates a white space between the button and the pants. However, if you did go black label, you should wear a cummerbund.

When looking for similar alternatives, you must first tell us what you like about it.
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You could check out Rocky's Custom Clothes up in the SF Valley. They did mine; you will need to have a clear idea of what you want (they cater mostly to people looking for a kind of flashy style), but I think they will do a good job as long as you are clear about what you want. They will do the measurements in person, and will take care of making sure the fit is good after the suit is made (the actual clothes are made overseas). I think you'd be looking at about $700-900. There's another custom suit place up there also, but haven't tried it. Kent Wang has also said that he can do a dinner suit.

 

Online, you could try Black Lapel (MTM; you can specify less fashion-forward options than their defaults, for instance, widening the lapels a bit, but they only offer satin facings, not grosgrain), Suitsupply - their off-the-rack offering looks decent (single button, wide peak lapels), and also a somewhat slim cut. Suitsupply also seems to be one of the few options for a slimmer pique bib-front formal shirt. Haven't tried it, but wish I had come across it sooner (I ended up getting Thomas Pink's - their slim fit formal shirts are a bit expensive, but fit me pretty well, and I'm a fairly skinny guy).

 

Most good MTM places should be able to do something pretty close if you give them a photo of what you're looking for. Compared to the RLBL, I would consider nixing the flap pockets (even if they tuck inside) in favor of self-faced besom pockets, and maybe do ventless instead of double vent.

 

Agree with the suggestion to try to go for something with a higher rise and not too tapered a leg.

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@Superfluous- Well, what I like about the RLBL is slimmer cut of the jacket. The bottom of the armholes is a bit higher which gives the a nice slimming effect on the body. Almost all of my other pants are low-rise, so that wasn't an issue for me. When I tried on the RLBL, I don't remember seeing a white space between the pants and the button. My plan was to wear the tuxedo with no cummerbund or vest... just a Bowtie and studs; very minimal and clean.

@wyardley- I had tried on a Thomas Pink dress shirt too (at Nordstrom) and liked it. My personal taste is to stay away from the bib-front shirts; for some reason I don't like it when the bib pattern doesn't make it all the way to the pants even if you can't see it with the jacket on. I will check out suit supply nd see if I like anything they have.
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Better do a tailoring one on slim fifting if you have enough budget

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Originally Posted by tfuruya View Post

@Superfluous- Well, what I like about the RLBL is slimmer cut of the jacket. The bottom of the armholes is a bit higher which gives the a nice slimming effect on the body. Almost all of my other pants are low-rise, so that wasn't an issue for me. When I tried on the RLBL, I don't remember seeing a white space between the pants and the button. My plan was to wear the tuxedo with no cummerbund or vest... just a Bowtie and studs; very minimal and clean.
@wyardley- I had tried on a Thomas Pink dress shirt too (at Nordstrom) and liked it. My personal taste is to stay away from the bib-front shirts; for some reason I don't like it when the bib pattern doesn't make it all the way to the pants even if you can't see it with the jacket on. I will check out suit supply nd see if I like anything they have.

Please wear at least a cummerbund. As soon as you start moving around, you will absolutely be exposing the white of the shirt beneath the jacket buttoning point. The look is still clean and minimal.

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