Black Tie Affair

Black Tie

One item every man should have in his closet is a tuxedo. Even if you do not live a life where you are constantly dressed to the nines, it is a staple that will last a lifetime. Think of all the weddings and parties you have attended in the past. Think of all you (hopefully) will be invited to in the future.

Tuxedos can range drastically in price. Find a price you are comfortable with and go from there. We suggest staying with classic black. White jackets can be very fashion forward, but don’t always work with every event. eBay and thrift stores can be a great way to find vintage pieces at amazing prices. Just be sure to check the seams, seam allowances (if you need to have it taken in), and fabric carefully. And take the time to have them tailored to your body. We found a 35 pound grey velvet tux in London this summer. So great deals are out there.

Every man looks great in a tux and rented tuxes can be spotted a mile away. After renting a few times you could have purchased your own.

In San Francisco, discount fashion store Jeremy’s always has a great selection of Armanis deeply discounted. If you have the cash to blow check out Bergdorf Goodman, where you can mix and match many evening options including “Etro velvet pants, dinner jackets from Cantarelli and Boglioli, and a denim tuxedo from Tourist.”

Once you invest in a tux stay clear of tacky vests and clip-on ties. Learn to tie a real bowtie and go for a cummerbund. Even if you spent $100 you will look like a million bucks.