Originally Posted by starbuk
I went shopping down Michigan Ave here in Chicago looking for my wedding tuxedo. Zegna tuxedo was $3k+ ready to wear. Ralph Lauren BL is now apparently merged with Purple Label,had the hand made tux for 5k (old purple label) and the MTM for 2.5k (old BL).
I'm a 42r and 34 waist. My chest isn't huge but I exercise and it's larger than normal, so the Zegna and RL tux both had the lapels flaring out a bit. Salesman is saying that MTM is best bet since they can fix that and a tailor cannot. If I can buy a 42r from SF or eBay and have the chest tailored, that would save me 2k. If it can't be fixed I'm stuck with MTM and need to decide if 2.5k plus tax is a good deal for Ralph Lauren. Material is the same as traditional purple label, fully canvased, etc.
Could really use some help, I hardly know what shoulders, chest, etc should look like and I feel like I'm in the dark spending $3k.
Just from your description, it seems that you have been trying on suits that are too small. That the lapels on 2 separate tuxedos from 2 different companies flare suggests you may want to try on a size larger. As long as the shoulders fit, as someone has already pointed out, and the chest sits flat, the waist, back etc... can all be altered fairly easily, and there are plenty of good alterations tailors in Chicago.
As for the fit, I like the way that this jacket fits:
A traditional tuxedo fits a little slimmer than a traditional business suit, skimming the body, but on constricting it.