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Tuxedo Challenge:


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May 19, 2013
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Hey everyone... I've lurked on here for a while, and have learned a lot, but I am now stuck with a dilemma I can't seem to figure out on my own.

I have a friends wedding in Istanbul this summer at the end of July. It's going to be an evening wedding, and as a member of the bridal party, I am required to wear a tuxedo. The groom has offered to purchase the groomsmen tuxedos, but with a max budget of $250. I am not in favor of this plan (He wants to shop at Macy's!), and I want to purchase something for myself.

So here are my issues:

1. I can't stand the humongous arm holes on suits in general. I would like to find something with more fitted high arm holes. If I have to raise my glass for a toast, I don't want the whole damn dinner jacket lifting off me.

2. Peak lapel.

3. I'm typically a 44S in almost everything (a few odd European brands may be different). I prefer the shorter jacket because my torso is short, and a jacket the ends mid thigh makes me look even shorter than I am (5'7").

4. Is there such thing as a lighter weight wool for a tuxedo?

5. Anyway to spend less than $700 for all this? I have to buy a plane ticket to Istanbul after all...

I was looking at this: http://www.magnoliclothiers.com/royale-tuxedo-tuxedos-p-246.html

It seems to be ok, but I don't have any experience with this brand. Any thoughts?

Oh, and I'm in NYC, so while I know there are a plenty of options in my area, I don't know what they are.

Thanks in advance. I appreciate any and all help.

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