Now that the season has finally turned to fall, there seems to be a lot of occasions where the dress calls for formal attire.  Fortunately men are not burdened with problem of coming up with a different gown for each event.  All we need is a nice tuxedo and we are good to go.  Typically we can just rent a tuxedo but why rent when you can own?  With tuxedos coming in at a variety of price points, it seems to make more sense to purchase a suit if you have a few events coming up in the near future.  A good well-kept tux will more than pay for itself for years to come.
Photo Saks Fifth Avenue
I am a huge fan of Giorgio Armani.  I’ve always felt I’m really well put together whenever I slip on an Armani suit.   Even though my suit occasions have dwindled over the years, what better way to go formal than in an Armani tuxedo?  Dressed in one of these tuxes, who wouldn’t feel like a million bucks?  It’s as if I was a movie star walking the red carpet at the Oscars.  This elegant shawl collar version is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.  At a price point of nearly $2800, this may be out of reach for many but it is a wise investment and the classic styling should hold up for years to come.  (I have to admit, I was able to purchase mine several years ago at a sample sale for about 20% of the cost.) 
Photo Nordstrom

Another classic style is the single-breasted suit.  Show here from Hugo Boss and available at Nordstrom’s, the Grant Classic Fit is cut with a little extra room in the chest and the body for more comfort. This suit retails for $795.  For $100 more, Boss also offers the Stars Glamour Trim Fit, which provides a slimmer cut.  This suit is also available at Nordstrom’s as well as Neiman Marcus.  If ordered online from Nordstrom’s, they will provide free next day ship and often will have special tailoring discounts in a local store.  Quite convenient for the Washingtonian who has procrastinated and needs a suit right away.

JoS A. Banks

For as little as $200, JoS A. Banks offers tuxedo separates.  What’s nice about this is that you have the option of various jacket styles (shawl collar, peak label, three button and even tails!) along with the option of either pleated or flat front trousers. Combine that with the option of finding a closer fit in separates, you can keep tailoring to a minimum.  Moreover with locations throughout the Washington area, there’s probably a Bank’s store right around the corner from you.  Macy’s also has tuxedos around this price point and now many of them are currently on sale.
With galas, balls and holidays just around the corner now may be the perfect time to snap up a tuxedo.  If you do don’t forget the suspenders, tie and cummerbund! Just stay away from the pre-tied bowtie if possible. Nothing is cooler than that loose bowtie look at the end of the night!  Until next time, Happy Shopping!