In the next year I have two black tie events that I know of: a work gala and my cousin’s wedding. I am thrilled to finally have a reason (and the funds) to buy a tuxedo. I’ve been using the Black Tie Guide and this GQ slideshow as guides to come up with my ideal black tie ensemble:
Tuxedo jacket - black, single button, grosgrain peak lapels, side vents
Pants - flat front
Shirt - spread collar, fly front
Shoes - bow pumps
Others - black grosgrain square end tie, white cotton pocket square, black nylon suspenders, black silk socks, silver knot cufflinks
Above is a Martin Greenfield tuxedo I’ve had in my cart at Gilt for about a month now. It fits all of the above criteria and thankfully is offered in 40L because a 40R is way too short, as evidenced by the picture. The only thing making me hold off on purchasing it is the price - almost $1100. I can afford it, but I’m very hesitant to drop that kind of money on an item I won’t get that much wear out of. If I do end of buying it, luckily the cost of the outfit doesn’t include much more than the cost of the tuxedo itself. I already own the shirt (thrifted), shoes (inherited) and tie (inherited). In addition to that, my dad has a rewards card through his work that is accepted at Brooks Brothers where I’ll get the suspenders and socks. So that only leaves the tuxedo and cufflinks that I need to purchase. Depending on what my dad has in his cufflink collection, I might borrow a pair of his along with a pocket square.
I’m going to keep stalking some sites and hoping for sales, but if nothing turns up in the next month or so I’m going to pop on Greenfield’s.