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Looking for a cheap tuxedo. Is this a good buy?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone,

 

I need a tuxedo for my Chinese dinner banquet. I am the groom.

 

I am not planning on getting a rental because I want to get it tailored.  I only plan to wear this tux once because my lifestyle does not involve black tie events. I have checked Suit Supply, and while it looks pretty good (though I feel the peak lapels are too wide and high for my tastes), I really cannot justify the cost of it. 

 

I was looking at this tuxedo: 

 

Alfani Tuxedo (Macy's):

 

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/alfani-red-tuxedo-jacket-black-slim-fit?ID=486721&CategoryID=16499#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D3%26kws%3Dalfani%20tuxedo%26slotId%3D1

 

I think it will meet my needs and for the price, it seems pretty good.  I tried it on today and it's not bad.  It is 100% wool with some polyester lining. With the pants, the ensemble will cost less than $200. 

 

What do you guys think? Or is there a better option?

 

Thanks in advance. 

 

EDIT: I am about 6'1, 165 lbs. My jacket size seems to be a 40L.

 

EDIT: I wore this rental tuxedo while I was in South Korea taking prewedding pictures with my fiance.  

http://postimg.org/image/dm4i2z09d/

It was a 42L. It might been slightly too large. The 40L seems to fit me more snugly. 

post #2 of 9
Looks like it's vented and a 2 button, instead of the traditional ventless one button, but at least it has peak lapels. I don't know of anything else in the price range and I think with the right accoutrements it'll be fine. What are you doing for shirt, waist covering, etc...?
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply.

 

I am going to look around for a tuxedo shirt and cumberbund. I'm trying to get the same ensemble as the rental tuxedo combo I wore while in South Korea. As for the bowtie, I might have to wear a red one.  Do they make red tuxedo bow-ties?

 

I decided to buy the jacket for now.  I got it down to basically $105 after tax.  I have to find the trousers though, the website didn't have the right size for me.  I can probably find it at  Macy's Men or something. 

 

If I have to take the jacket off because I am sweating, do I leave the cumberbund on?  If I plan to take the jacket off, should I look into getting a tux vest?


Edited by somerset123 - 8/5/14 at 7:44am
post #4 of 9
They do make red bow ties.

Leave the cummerbund on if your jacket comes off. Traditionally it's more correct to wear a waistcoat with peak lapels and a cummerbund with shawl lapels, but proper tux waistcoats can be hard to find. Cummerbund will be easier and cheaper.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Got it. Thanks a lot for the info.

post #6 of 9
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post #7 of 9
Red bow tie is rather clownish. But it sounds like you're someone's Ken doll for the evening. Have them buy your tux.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

oh yea. If the color is god-awful, I will return it and swap for something else.  But for Chinese weddings, there isn't much of a variety other than red or gold. 

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

While I was taking those prewedding pics, I wore the same tux with 4 different bow-tie & cummerbund colors: black, white, red, and that one I was wearing on my initial post. Not quite sure how to describe that one.

 

Here is a pic of me wearing the red bow-tie.

 

I was slouching. 

 

http://postimg.org/image/gjemmc2ft/

 

At least this shade of red seems tasteful - at least to me.  I hope the one I ordered isn't blood red. 

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