Tuxedo Rental Frequently Asked Questions
If you are invited to a black or white tie event, it is mandatory that men wear a tuxedo. Tuxedos are the final word in formality in men's fashion. If you need to look smart for an elegant occasion, then tuxedo rental shops are a great resource; you can choose from a variety of styles and accessories without having to commit to the purchase of a full tuxedo. Here are the answers to some basic questions about the process of renting a tuxedo:
What is the difference between a tuxedo and a suit?
Tuxedos have satin lapels, satin covered buttons, satin trim and satin stripes down the pant legs, whereas suits do not. Tuxedos are also accessorized with shirts that often have pleats on the front, wing collars and no breast pockets. Cummerbunds, which are worn with tuxedos, should never be worn with a suit.
Why should I rent a tuxedo?
If you have multiple black and white tie events to attend throughout the year, then it will ultimately be cheaper for you to buy a tuxedo. However, if formal invitations are rare, such as less than one per year, then you should rent. Good tuxedo rental establishments have wide varieties of tuxedo styles and tuxedo embellishments such as cuff links, vests, cummerbunds and handkerchiefs. You'll be able to coordinate your tux and accessories with your escort's ensemble.
What do I get for the price of a tuxedo rental?
Typically, basic tuxedo rental packages include the jacket, trousers, cummerbund, and tie. Deluxe packages offer cuff links, vests, shoes, socks, handkerchiefs and sometimes top hats and canes.
What style tuxedo can I get?
That depends on the tuxedo rental shop. You can expect to find basic single and double breasted jackets in black, white, blue, silver and ivory. You can also find tuxedo jackets with tails, or smoking jacket style tuxedos. You can usually browse what the rental company has to offer online. If you are looking for something more specific than what the rental company's website displays, then call or visit the shop.