Buying a Tuxedo Online: Helpful Tips

The process of buying a tuxedo – something that most average men get to do only once or twice in their lives – can be mysterious and a little intimidating. The act of visiting a tailor and requesting alterations is almost anachronistic in today’s hyper-fast culture of off-the-rack fashion.

Still, you can use today’s technology to your advantage when purchasing a tuxedo for your wedding. Online tuxedo sellers can slash retail prices because they don’t have to maintain fancy stores or pay hefty commissions to sales people. If you’re willing to trade a little homework for a chance to buy a tuxedo for about the same price as renting one, online tuxedo sales could be right for you.

Start with good measurements. Finding a tuxedo that fits you well doesn’t have to be a science project. Any high quality dry cleaning shop that offers alterations will gladly take a professional set of measurements for you. Many shops will provide this service as a courtesy for regular customers, while others charge a small fee. Either way, a realistic set of measurements can help you rule out tuxedos that don’t flatter your frame or don’t come in your size.

Check out your favorite designers. Brand names are brand names, so grab a note pad and head to a mall or a boutique where you can look at fabrics and fashions in person. Your bride will love the chance to go shopping with her groom, so make it a date. If you live near a mall or an outlet village where you can check out a designer’s own factory store, you’ll more likely connect with non-commissioned sales people who won’t mind the fact that you’re planning on cutting out the middleman by shopping online.

Keep time on your side. If the tuxedo you want for your wedding is coming direct from the factory, make sure you’ve got at least ten to twelve weeks to spare before your wedding day. Your pants will be delivered unfinished, which means that you’ll have to take them in for alterations at a nearby tailor (very likely the professional that helped take your measurements earlier in the process).

You’ll also probably need minor alterations to the jacket and to the vest, if you selected one. If it takes six to eight weeks for delivery and another two weeks for the alterations, you should still plan on picking up your suit at least two weeks before your wedding date. That way, your biggest hassle is out of the way and you can help your bride with last-minute emergencies.

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