Several years ago I suggested instead of renting a tuxedo, it might be a better investment to own your own tuxedo. Now a few years later, I wondered if the command to “Buy a Tux!” still rang true. After re-reading, the post, I can honestly say that owning a tuxedo is still a wise choice especially if you’re a guy who attends formal events on occasion,

Formal Look

Since June, I’ve already had the chance to sport my tuxedo a couple of times. First up was the Rammy’s, a awards gala hosted by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and honors the best in DC’s illustrious restaurant community. Next came the re-opening of the Watergate Hotel. The infamous DC landmark recently held a spectacular grand re-opening. As fall approaches, I’m looking forward to donning my favorite formal look for several black tie galas and must attend events.

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I love formal wear. It’s a terrific look for guys. While women get to dazzle in evening gowns in a variety of colors and styles, the classic tuxedo proves that guys too can clean up well, look elegant and sophisticated. A crisp white shirt, well appointed accessories and a spritz of cologne like Dior Sauvage are the keys to making sure your tuxedo look is phenomenal. I’m still a big fan of the Giorgio Armani tux. When I wear mine, I feel as cool as James Bond. I’ll take my martini shaken not stirred as well, thank you!

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There are many benefits of owning a tuxedo versus renting. First the cost of renting can add up. For the price of two rentals, you could own your own suit. Get a last minute invite that calls for black tie? You’ll be ready to go because your tux is already hanging in your closet. More importantly, if you own, you’ll know that your formal look has been tailored to fit you. You won’t have to worry that you had to settle for some generic rental. Face it, your own clothes usually look and feel better on you.

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Nowadays guys can select from a variety of tuxedo choices. Bold patterns, deep navy fabrics and even non-traditional cuts are showing up at every red carpet, gala and wedding event. However, if you want a look that’s going to buck the current fads of today and still look amazing for years to come, my suggestion is to pick a classic black tuxedo. At almost every price point, some around the same cost of a one-time tuxedo rental, the stylish gentlemen can add a great formal look.

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Shop my Look/Details

Two button tuxedo – Giorgio Armani; Modern tuxedo shirt – Eton; Paisley tonal bow-tie – Saks Fifth Avenue; Formal suspenders – Trafalgar; Cummeerbund – Neiman Marcus; Patent leather shoes – Jimmy Choo (similar); Cufflinks – Elsa Peretti Tiffany; Watch – Gucci; Cologne – Dior Sauvage

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