We all hear so many horror stories about tuxedo’s fitting improperly, what should you look for in a Tuxedo Rental company?
Obviously, you want to work with someone who cares about how you look for your special occasion as much as you do. But what should they do to make that happen?
For starters, take good measurements. They should ask your height; take a minimum of chest, waist, neck and arm. But more important than the measurements, they should have you try on the clothes.
First check the shirt for proper fit, how’s the neck comfortably tight? How’s the length of the sleeves? How do the pants fit? Check for pulling at the pockets (an indication that they are too tight) how well do the pleats lay? If the pleats droop, you may want to consider a suspender, they hold the pants where they should be to enhance the drape. Perhaps you prefer a flat front pant, now available with most styles. Ask them to show you how to adjust the waist – a real plus for before and after dinner. How is the rise? If the rise is too low you may get baggy butt … the girls don’t like that. If that’s the case, have them order you a shorter rise.
How are the shoes, comfortable enough to tear up the dance floor? Next is the pant length, also know as the outseam measurement. At Elephant’s Trunk we are partial to a full break – the back of the pants comes just above the heel and the pant breaks on the front of the shoe. If you have a personal preference, let them know.
The vest should fit comfortably. It will have an adjustment in the back to pull in the waist. Look for gapping by the arms, an indication that it may be too loose. Pulling at the sides …may be too tight.
Going for a cummerbund instead of a vest? Remember the pleats face up – just think of them catching crumbs.
The jacket; men come in all shapes and sizes and some jackets will be better for different body types, you consultant should know the nuances of each designer. Let’s start at the shoulders, ideally the jacket will not hang off the shoulder (too big) nor create cupping at the outside of the shoulder (too tight). Then we look at the belly, sometimes we have the case of too much beer. Different cuts will fit looser through the belly, still too tight, may want to consider a portly jacket that gives an extra 2″, and sometimes it’s a balance of the shoulders and tummy … it’s all fine tuning. Not enough beer, there are leaner cuts for you lean beans, should be an easy fit. The athlete; pumping iron and lean bean waist, an athletic cut is for you. Then there is the height factor, we like the jacket to hit somewhere near the middle to bottom digit of your thumb, check the balance of your upper and lower body to see if a short, regular, or long jacket is best for you. Then there is your jacket sleeve length, there is some latitude with personal preference, but it should land somewhere near where your thumb joint meets your wrist. Want to shoot linen? Or do you like them a little longer? If you are hard to fit or the groom, many times the vendor can pull in a “try on” in the jacket and size you like to double check before ordering.
Are you in a wedding that is out of town? As a courtesy tuxedo shops do measurements for each other. So get good measurements done and then you will usually pick up near the town of the wedding. There are some extra measurements that will be helpful to the shop receiving the order. They will help them see if the order looks right and raise any questions if necessary. Height, weight, chest, overarm, waist, hip, outseam, neck, shirt sleeve length, jacket size, sleeve inseam.
Your suit should arrive at your vendor the week of the event, when you are called get there early to try it on before you take it home. Final adjustments can be made at that time.
So there you have it, rest easy and enjoy your special day!