What to Seek When Buying a Tuxedo Most men do not own a tuxedo. This is mainly due to the plethora of companies that provide rental tuxedos. However, if you go to many formal social gatherings throughout the year, you are better off purchasing a tuxedo, instead of continually renting one. You can buy a tuxedo for about what it would cost to rent a tuxedo four times. And as long as you buy a timeless style, your tuxedo will never be out of date. When buying a tuxedo, there are a few key pieces that you need to consider. The first important piece of your purchase is the jacket. When choosing the right jacket, it is key to choose a fabric that is lightweight. Lightweight fabric will keep you feeling cool during an event. Since the majority of formal occasions are located indoors, you will probably be in an area with average comfortable temperatures. The lightweight fabric will prevent you from overheating or breaking a sweat. You will also want to stick to the classic tuxedo colors: black or deep blue. You will only ever need to wear light colors during the summer time. When purchasing a tuxedo jacket, you will also want to take the style into consideration. Black tie and tails is the most formal type of jacket available for men’s evening attire. Therefore, you are better off choosing a doublebreasted or singlebreasted jacket that is appropriate for all occasions, no matter how fancy or informal they may be. You must remember though, that singlebreasted jackets are to be left open, and you will need to wear a cummerbund if you decide to go that route. One other aspect to consider when purchasing a tuxedo jacket is finding a jacket that compliments both your face and body. If you have a rounder face, shawl lapels play down the shape and jackets that do not have vents will give you a slimmer look. The second key piece that you will need to consider when purchasing a tuxedo is the trousers. Generally, you should select your tuxedo trousers based on the type of tuxedo jacket you decide on. If you choose a tailcoat, you will want trousers that have two stripes. If you decide on any other type of tuxedo jacket, trousers that have a single stripe are suitable. Another thing you need to consider is that when you are wearing either a tailcoat or a cummerbund, you will need to wear trousers that have a waist that is high enough so that the tailcoat or cummerbund can cover it. If you are going for a dressier look, you can choose trousers that have vertical pockets to make you look more formal. The tuxedo shirt is the last important piece you need to consider when purchasing a tuxedo. It is important to choose a tuxedo shirt that has either a wing or turndown collar. Wing collars have a very rigid and cleancut front, whereas turndown collars have a front that is softer and pleated. This solely depends on your preference. You will also want to make sure that the tuxedo shirt has a front bib construction that can be hidden beneath the waistband and not reach past your suspenders. The jacket, trousers, and shirt are the main components that you need to consider when purchasing a tuxedo. There are also many accessories that you will need in order to make your outfit complete. You will need a tie or bow tie, cummerbund set, cuff links, dress socks, and dress shoes. Once you had decided on the specific style you are going for, you will easily be able to choose each piece with ease. As long as you follow these simple steps, you will be sure to purchase the perfect tuxedo, giving you style and an ultimately timeless look.