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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by somerset123, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. somerset123

    somerset123 Member

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    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/...6499#fn=sp=1&spc=3&kws=alfani tuxedo&slotId=1

    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.
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014
  2. Shawl Lapel

    Shawl Lapel Well-Known Member

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    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...?
     
  3. somerset123

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    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?
     
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014
  4. Shawl Lapel

    Shawl Lapel Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  5. somerset123

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    Got it. Thanks a lot for the info.
     
  6. somerset123

    somerset123 Member

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    Here's my budget Tux. Everything listed only costed me about $243 (including tax, coupons, ebates.)

    I hope everything fits.

    ALFANI Tux Jacket:
    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/...6499#fn=sp=1&spc=3&kws=alfani tuxedo&slotId=1

    ALFANI Tux Pants:

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/...D=89#fn=sp=1&spc=3&kws=alfani tuxedo&slotId=2

    Michelsons of London Pleated Wing French Cuff Tuxedo Shirt


    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/...0635#fn=sp=1&spc=10&kws=tuxedo shirt&slotId=2


    Michelsons of London Tie, Bow Tie & Cummerbund Set

    (Bought in red)
    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/...ID=53239#fn=sp=1&spc=76&kws=bow tie&slotId=23
     
  7. Veremund

    Veremund Well-Known Member

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    Red bow tie is rather clownish. But it sounds like you're someone's Ken doll for the evening. Have them buy your tux.
     
  8. somerset123

    somerset123 Member

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    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.
     
  9. somerset123

    somerset123 Member

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    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.
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2014

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