The thing about a tuxedo (or ‘dinner suit’) is you never need one until it’s too late to organise, leaving you reaching for your darkest work suit, opting for an overpriced and under-whelming off-the-rack option or, worst of all, heading down the rabbit hole of ill-fitting, over-worn rent-a-tux providers.
Because we’re big believers in good sartorial planning (and building out a wardrobe of high-quality, perfectly garments you can depend on) we’ve listed out the four reasons why it’s time for a custom, tailored tuxedo right now.
The formality and traditions of black tie means there are clear rules about what you can and can’t do. But those same rules mean the details really matter - the size and style of your lapel, the weave of the fabric you’ve chosen, and decisions like lining, buttons and pocket placement are crucial to designing (and wearing) a garment that gives you confidence, reflects your personality and stands out in a sea of black tie.
While trends for business and casual suiting evolve each season or two (think: the recent ups and downs of shorter cropped trousers) black tie style tends to remain steadfast. The tuxedos favoured by the likes of Sinatra and Bogart would not just be suitable on a red carpet or at a wedding today–they’d shine. This consistent sartorial template means that a custom tuxedo will serve you well for black tie events for years to come, always relevant and never dating.
The stunning simplicity of a tuxedo means there is nowhere to hide when it comes to fit. Sleeves that are too long, shoulders that are too tight, or trousers that pull all get spotlighted when the colour and design scheme is so restrained and regimented. If there is one garment that needs to fit you perfectly, it is a dinner suit. Luckily for you, our made-to-measure tuxedos are covered by our Perfect Fit Guarantee.
When you actually crunch the numbers, factoring in expensive tailoring costs and poor quality and range for off-the-rack options on the cheaper end of the price spectrum, a made-to-measure tuxedo makes complete sense, particularly when you design a black tie garment that you can wear for years to come. And don’t even think about hiring: an ill-fitting tuxedo, worn by high school kids and boozed-up wedding guests dozens of times before you, is not worth the couple hundred bucks.