Questions & Answers

How long before our wedding or party should we reserve our tuxedos?

What is the best procedure to book our wedding/party tuxedos?

What do we do if we have people in our party who are from out of the state or even out of the country?

Is it necessary to bring in the entire party at once to be fitted?

Are you required to leave a deposit when you are fitted?

When can we pick up our tuxedos for the wedding/party?

Is it necessary to try on the tuxedos before the affair?

When do the tuxedos have to be returned?

What is my responsibility in renting & returning my tuxedo?

All About Coats

All About Trousers

All About Shirts

All About Vests

 

How long before our wedding or party should we reserve our tuxedos?

You can come in as far in advance as you like, but we recommend at least 2 months before the affair.

What is the best procedure to book our wedding/party tuxedos?

We recommend that the bride & groom come in first to discuss all the arrangements. After we have all the styles selected for everyone in the party, the remainder of people to be fitted should begin to come in for fittings.

What do we do if we have people in our party who are from out of the state or even out of the country?

This is never a problem. Have the gentlemen who live at a distance go to a tailor or tuxedo shop near their home and get measured there. They can then send us the measurements by fax, e-mail, phone or thru our website. We will have their tux ready for pick-up on the proper date of your affair.

Is it necessary to bring in the entire party at once to be fitted?

No, in fact we don’t recommend it, especially if you have a large party. Once you have made all your arrangements with us, the men in your party can start coming in to be fitted. It is not necessary for them to come in together they can come in when it is convenient for them.

Are you required to leave a deposit when you are fitted?

Yes, we require a minimum deposit of $20.00 on every tuxedo fitting. If the customer would like to leave more they may. The full rental payment is not due until the tuxedo is being picked up for use.

When can we pick up our tuxedos for the wedding/party?

Typically, we have the tuxedos ready 2 days in advance of the use date. For example if your wedding/party is on a Saturday, we have your tuxes ready for pick-up on Thursday.

Is it necessary to try on the tuxedos before the affair?

Absolutely, if something doesn’t fit properly we can fix the problem before it’s too late. It is your responsibility to try on your tux and make sure it fits right. We will not refund any rental fees for a tuxedo that wasn’t tried on before the use date.

When do the tuxedos have to be returned?

We require your tuxedo be returned on the next business day after use. So if you use the tuxedo on Saturday, it must be returned by Monday, since we are closed on Sundays.

What is my responsibility in renting & returning my tuxedo?

You must return your tuxedo in the same condition we gave it to you. Meaning, free from tears, burns, rips, etc. Also, all parts of the tuxedo must be returned in order to get back your security deposit. It is not necessary to have the tuxedo cleaned and pressed before you return it. This is normal use and is part of the rental cost. If any or all parts of your tux are lost or stolen, you we be billed for the missing items.

What are the 3 basic tuxedo styles (lapels)?

lapel styles

  1. notch - makes a "V" indent in the lapel (most common and popular lapel style)
  2. peak - extends higher (like a mountain peak)
  3. shawl - rounded lapel

Is one lapel style more formal than another?

No. All lapel styles are equal in formality. You are best to choose a style that best complements your own style and liking.

Single-breasted vs. Double-breasted coats?

Single-breasted coats button down the center. Double-breasted coats cross-over the center to button. With single-breasted coats, you have the option of leaving them buttoned or unbuttoned. With double-breasted coats, you should have them buttoned at all times or else you will have a flap hanging infront of you.

Differences in fabric: polyester, worsted wool, Super 100's wool, Super 110's wool, Super 120's wool?

  • Polyester - Candidates for a polyester tuxedo may be a waiter/waitress, band member, someone allergic to wool, or someone who wants to spend as little as possible on a tuxedo. The main difference with your polyester tuxedo (opposed to your wool tuxedos) is that there is more of a "sheen" to the overall fabric with the polyester.
  • Polyester/Wool Blend - A nice compromise between the 100% polyester tuxedo and the 100% wool tuxedo is the poly-wool blend. Although not as nice as the 100% wool tuxedos, this tuxedo is recommended over the polyester tuxedo because the fabric doesn't have as much "sheen". This tuxedo is also more durable than your 100% polyester tuxedo.
  • Standard Worsted Wool - Most tuxedos that you see in specialty formal wear stores will be made out of this fabric. If you have ever rented a tuxedo, chances are it was your standard worsted wool. Your standard worsted wool tuxedos will generally contain approximately 60 - 75 threads per square inch. In general ... the more threads per inch = the softer, lighter, and higher quality the fabric.
  • Super 100's Wool - Here is where you start getting into high-quality. The difference between a Super 100's Wool and a Standard Worsted Wool is that the wool in a Super 100's Series is softer, higher quality, and lies just a little nicer on the contours of your body. Your Super 100's Series is named appropriately because it contains 100 threads per square inch. If your budget allows, we highly recommend seeking a Super 100's Series wool or higher.
  • Super 100's Wool w/ Comfort Stretch - Don't let the name scare you. When we first heard that they were making a tuxedo with "stretch" fabric, we were picturing it as "spandex". This is NOT the case at all. The Comfort Stretch is actually a very well designed tuxedo. The fabric is still your high quality Super 100's wool; however, the manufacturers added just a little "natural stretch" to the garment (little being the key word here). The natural stretch gives the tuxedo a "wrinkle recovery system" that helps reduce wrinkling.
  • Super 110's Wool - Softer than the Super 100's Series.
  • Super 120's Wool - You can probably guess !!! Yet, even softer. Here you are talking about "Celebrity Status". I'm sure by now, you can probably guess how many threads there are per inch ... yep, 120 threads per inch.

What do you mean by "adjustable trousers"?

Adjustable trousers mean that you can adjust the waist of the trousers to fit you most comfortably. You usually have 2 inches of adjustment capability. For example, trousers can come in a 30 - 32 inch waist, 33 - 35 inch waist, etc.

Do all tuxedos have the satin stripe going down the side of the trousers?

There are usually 3 trademarks that make a tuxedo. You have the satin in the lapels of the coat, the satin stripe going down the side of the trousers, and shiny, patent leather shoes. The only formal wear trousers that don't have some sort of stripe going down the sides are "Stroller" pants. These trousers are usually reserved for "Morning or Daytime" weddings where party members are wearing "Cutaway" suits.

Do the trousers come unhemmed? What about alterations?

You will receive your trousers unhemmed. The reason that we do this is because we encourage you to visit a local tailor so you can have the tuxedo custom-tailored to the contours of your body.

What are the 3 basic shirt styles?

shirt styles
Wingtip
Laydown
Mandarin

What are my neckware options with each tuxedos shirt style?

With wingtip and laydown tuxedo shirts, your best choice would be a bow tie, 4-in-hand tie, euro tie, or sharpe tie. With your mandarin and crosswick tuxedo shirts, you can only wear a button cover (no ties).

Differences in tuxedo shirt fabric?

Tuxedo shirts can be broken into 5 main fabric categories:

  1. 100% cotton - This is a high-quality shirt. Cotton is available in different textures. If your budget allows, the finer cotton tuxedo shirts are available in "cotton crepe" or your Super 100's 2-ply cotton.
  2. polly/cotton blend - combination of both polyester and cotton. The combination makes the shirt a little "lighter" than your 100% cotton shirts. This is the style shirt that you would most likely receive at a formal wear specialist (rental store).
  3. microfiber - these shirts have a soft, almost silky texture. Very light weight and comfortable.
  4. pique - little bump texture (used most often during ultra formal "White Tie" affairs).
  5. pinwale - vertical line texture down shirt.

French cuffs vs. Convertible cuffs?

French cuffs is the term used when the cuffs on your shirt need to be folded up. Convertible cuffs is the term used when the cuffs on your shirt do not have the extra fabric needed to fold the cuffs up. In general, french cuffs are a little more prestigous. Usually, your 100% cotton shirts are available in "french cuffs" and your poly-cotton shirts are available with "convertible cuffs".

What tuxedo shirts are most popular today?

The laydown collar tuxedo shirts are the most popular today. If your finances allow, we recommend that you purchase both a wingtip shirt and laydown shirt. Both options will give enable you to mix up your look a bit.

Do I have to wear studs and cufflinks with tuxedo shirts?

Yes. Although there are standard plastic buttons on the shirt that you can use to fasten, a tuxedo without formal jewelry is a dead give-away for someone who doesn't know how to dress formally. Definitely wear jewelry with your tuxedo shirt.

What colors are available in the vest collections?

Vest collections come in an assortment of colors. Most collections contain your basic colors: platinum, gold, black, ivory, white, navy, hunter, and burgundy. Many of your vest collections will also contain colors such as mint, celedon, sage, desert blue, ice blue, cloud blue, royal, midnight blue, plum, purple, chocolate, mocha, champagne, seamist, lilac, periwinkle, eggplant, red, scarlet, etc.

What are my neckware options with my vest?

There are 6 main neckwear options available with all vest collections. These items with a short description are listed below.

  1. Bow tie - These ties are most common and traditonal. Every vest collection contains an optional bow tie which is made out of the exact same fabric as the vest. Another option you may consider is purchasing both the matching bow tie and also a solid black satin bowtie. Both looks are appropriate, and it will also give you a little variety.
  2. 4-in-hand tie - These ties look similar to a tie that you would wear with a business suit (except they are usually made out of satin). This look is making a tremendous comeback. By looking at most of the new photography of the new tuxedo styles, you will see that the longer tie is popular today. A solid black satin 4-in-hand tie looks exceptional with any vest style. Some vest designers have also made solid-colored 4-in-hand ties that match the vest collection.
  3. Euro tie - These ties are also longer ties like the 4-in- hand ties (above); however, there are 3 differences with these ties. The knots on these are 1) smaller, 2) shaped differently, and 3) the bottom of the tie "squares off." Euro ties have been fading out of style a bit.
  4. Sharpe tie - These ties have a unique look. They too are longer ties. The main difference is that they are wider ties with a wrinkled knot.
  5. Button cover - For those individuals who do not want to wear a tie, they can opt for a button cover. This is simply a small piece of jewelry that fastens over the top button of the shirt.
  6. Ascot - This option is usually reserved only for grooms who have decided to have a traditional "morning" wedding. If you don't fall in this category, you are probably better at considering one of the other neckwear options.

Full-back vests vs. Open-back vests?

Full-back vests are a complete vest which has a "back" to it. Backless vests only have a nylon strip which fastens in the back.

What vests or ties are most popular today?

Full-back vests are definitely more popular than open-back vests. In regards to neckwear, your longer ties (4-in-hand-ties or sharpe ties) are more popular today. However, we still advise that you should have at least one bow tie in your formal wear collection. Bow ties are a classic and are always accepted in all formal settings.

What is a pocket square and should I have one?

A pocket square is simply another name for a "handkierchief" that goes in your coat pocket. Pocket squares are available in the exact same material and design as the vest collections. They usually make a nice statement and adds a little contrast to your overall look.

Do I have to wear studs and cufflinks with my tuxedo?

Technically, no (shirts do still come with plastic buttons). However, this is one area where we would strongly, strongly, strongly advise you to use formal jewelry. A tuxedo without studs and cufflinks looks incredibly low-class.

Does my jewelry have to match my date's jewelry?

Preferably "yes". Your best bet is to ask your date if she is wearing gold, silver, pearls, or no jewelry at all. If she says "no jewelry", then wear whatever jewelry you prefer. If she says "pearls", ask her if the pearls are set in silver or gold. Obviously, is she is wearing "silver", choose silver for your jewelry; if she says "gold", go with the gold.