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Some Tuxedo questions from a noob (w/pics)


May 5, 2012
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Hey, I've been reading this forum for a while and trying to learn as much as I can. Its been extremely helpful. I now need some advice and recommendations.

I am getting married in a few months and decided to buy a tuxedo instead of renting. I am a slim, athletic build, with relatively wide shoulders (5' 10" / 165lb) I went out to try on a bunch of different tuxedos and liked the hugo boss ones best. I know this forum generally thinks they are not so great, but I don't plan on wearing it constantly, so cut is more important than quality. In trying out the hugo tuxes, I found the 38R a bit narrow in the shoulders and the 40R needing a little tuck at the waist (at least I think). I was able to buy a brand new two button side vented model in 40R for about the cost of a rental.

Here is where I need some advice and direction... Do you recommend I go forward with getting some side suppression done? I also plan to replace the buttons with satin finish ones, and have the sleeves shortened just a bit. I'll also need the trousers hemmed (they fit perfectly). Let me know what you guys think.

Also, if anyone can recommend a tailor to do the work in the Philadelphia area, I would really appreciate it. I've read up on some recommendations on this forum, but they seem to get mixed reviews from people. Santofanti in Ardmore gets great reviews, but I've found that he passed away last year. Is his shop still open and has anyone had any work done there since his passing? I need this to be done right since this is my wedding.

Pictures below (yes, its a bit wrinkly)


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