Many men will rent tuxedos this month for proms or weddings, but buying can also be a good option, as long as you’re not tied to a specific style chosen by a groom.

Many men will rent tuxedos this month for proms or weddings, but buying can also be a good option, as long as you’re not tied to a specific style chosen by a groom.


“Two or three rentals will equal a low-end purchase,” said Danny Goldsmith, operations manager at Richard Lewis Formal Wear in Canton, Mass. “There are some really smart parents out there that buy their kids tuxedos, knowing they’re going to be using them through college.”


Goldsmith recommends purchasing rather than renting for any man who wears a tux two or three times a year and maintains a stable weight.


Most men are looking for comfort, and just as it is with bed linens, thread count is important. Goldsmith said Super 100 lightweight fabrics are available from every designer and are popular with customers.


Not long ago, three-button jackets were all the rage, but Goldsmith said two-button jackets are now slightly more popular. He said the color of accessories should always be coordinated with a date’s dress, whether in the handkerchief and tie or the vest and tie.


When it comes to fit, sleeves should come down to the wrist line and not lower, Goldsmith said. Pants should be worn on the waist, not the hip, though Richard Lewis does offer a style for rent that is worn a bit lower.


New tuxedos start at around $350, and slightly used ones are available for less than $200, Goldsmith said.


Joe Viscariello of Domenic’s Tux in Plymouth, Mass., said used tuxes are a good option. The ones he sells are all less than a year old, and have only been rented six or seven times before they go on sale. He said new tuxedos at Domenic’s range from $400 to $900, while used tuxes are from $175 to $250. Rentals range from $95 to $155.


As soon as the bridesmaid’s or prom date’s dress has been picked out, men should come in to choose their rental to match, Goldsmith said. For weddings, he recommends coming in at least four to six months ahead of time, and for prom, one or two months.


But his shop can accommodate same-day rentals. “We always have procrastinators,” he said.


Patriot Ledger writer Julie Onufrak may be reached at jonufrak@ledger.com.