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    Another tux thread

    Hey gents,

    Here is the scenario: My brother-in-law to be and his partner are finally getting married now that it is legal in MN. They have been together forever and want to get married on their anniversary: October 12th. Thus, I have to find a tux solution in that amount of time. Yay.

    I tend to know the general guidelines etc. What I am really looking for (if anyone has insight) are decent (of course relatively inexpensive) solutions that I can get very soon. Tux, shirt, etc. I am 6', 180lbs with long ass arms.

    Any help is much appreciated.

    -Greg
    "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

    #2
    SuitSupply... not sure if that qualifies as "inexpensive" but probably the best option: http://us.suitsupply.com/suits/suit-...=60&cgid=Suits

    There are quite a few different Calvin Klein/Tommy Hilfiger options through Macy's.

    Due to the short time frame, if your bank account/credit card can handle it, it's probably a good idea to order a few different options all at once and then return all but the best one.

    May be a good time to check out the Men's Wearhouse and JAB options, too. Just in case they've got something serviceable. Probably a good idea to check those out before you start ordering stuff online.
    Ben

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      #3
      I'll drop my usual line here -- I have a JAB tux that I got in college and got tailored, and I still get compliments on it. Obviously it's been a few years since I purchased it (eek), but I found that, relative to their normal suits, their formal attire was trimmer. Not to say that it's trim, but a tailor can get you closer to what you're looking for. Also, I think I spent $200 total on the tux (pre-tailoring), which is hard to beat if you're in a pinch time-wise. Obviously that was on sale, but they always have sales, etc. I'll likely get a better tux at some point, but for the handful of times per year I wear it, that $200 tux has served me well. I'd see what they have going on.

      (Note that I am a bit larger than you--6'3, 220--so I can't say if they'll fit you as well)

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        #4
        J Crew.

        Their fit is spot on for tall lanky guys like us, and they can get things for you shipped overnight. Their stuff *is* a bit expensive, but you could get everything for under a grand. Plus, you can always return the set should you choose not to keep it.

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          #5
          How long are your arms?

          It's a shame you didn't post this a couple months ago. I sold my mint tux on SF over the summer. Midnight blue, shawl collar, 38L, etc... might've been a little long since I'm a little taller than you, but would've been a great starting point for you.

          I'd search eBay and local vintage shops if you want to go the vintage route. If you want to go new, your options to get it that quickly and for a reasonable price are limited. JAB might be your best bet.

          Also, if you're not in the wedding, do you absolutely need a tux? If not, just wear a nice navy or charcoal suit and call it a day. There's no reason to spend a bunch of something you're never going to use again, especially if that thing is a sub par tux you wouldn't buy under normal circumstances.

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            #6
            If you're willing to fork over the cash, J.Crew might be a good option because Ludlow sleeves do tend to run slightly long. Good for long-armed folks.
            Ben

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              #7
              Thanks for all the suggestions, folks. Goin on a hunt today.

              Any good suggestions for shirts that I could pick up in a B&M store? Time crunch and all...
              "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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                #8
                Brooks Brothers has some decent slim fit tux shirts that aren't bad if you want to go classic pleated or bib front, wings, etc. Or you can go with a nice twill white shirt with regular collar, which also works if you're not wanting to grab a specialty shirt.

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                  #9
                  Greg, the Nordstrom house-brand tux shirts are good quality and have a traditional design. The shirt should have holes for studs and links. I prefer a point collar tux shirt.

                  This is your first tux so go traditional. Go for a black, peak-lapel tux with one button.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by greg_s View Post
                    Thanks for all the suggestions, folks. Goin on a hunt today.

                    Any good suggestions for shirts that I could pick up in a B&M store? Time crunch and all...
                    My J Crew store has the Thomas Mason tux shirt on the shelf.

                    If yours does not, a +1 to Brooks Bros. Possibly Mens Warehouse or Jos A Bank if you're striking out elsewhere.

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                      #11
                      Grazi. This is all coming up super fast. Cheapest tux-worthy shoes that won't look like hell? Didn't think I'd be buying a tux ever, but with two upcoming tux-worthy weddings, it's just cheaper.
                      "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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                        #12
                        And you'll look much better in it than 2 different rentals. And feel better / more confident.

                        For shoes, I actually just shine up my Grenson captoes w/ rolled seams (a very clean look). http://www.grenson.co.uk/en_us/bert
                        I rarely wear black shoes, so having black shoes solely for formal attire seems like a stretch, even with my owning everything else...

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                          #13
                          Greg, Don't bother with patent shoes. You'll be fine with a pair of black cap toed oxfords. No brogue.

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                            #14
                            The collar of the J Crew is way too small IMO. (http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...2181/22181.jsp) It looks fine with skinny lapels but isn't really a classic shape and size. For a tux shirt I'd go classic and get this slim fit BB:
                            http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Slim-F...os=9&cgid=0235
                            Paul Stuart is another good option: http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Slim-F...os=9&cgid=0235
                            J Press: http://www.jpressonline.com/tuxedo-shirt-5-pleats/

                            For shoes just wear a black cap toe (you have a good black cap toe, right?) and give it a really good polish with a bulled toe if you can. If you really want patent leather, I'd call the Shoebank or get something maybe like these Shiptons which are reasonably priced: http://www.shipton-usa.com/mens-shoe...nt-oxford.html

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                              #15
                              I assume you've seen this:
                              http://www.blacktieguide.com/Classic/Classic_Intro.htm

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