Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuxes vs. Suits

During the time I was working on my video editing projects (i.e. obsessively spending hours of research online, good thing I've sufficiently filled my brain with enough information), I pondered, do I want suits or tuxedos? And what was the difference anyway?

As far as my attention could hold, the only real big differences were that tuxedos had silk lapels (that collar thing on the front of the jacket) and silk things on the side of the pants. Not that much of a difference. 

Since Air and I had a black tie (I had to research what this was too) wedding to attending over the winter holidays, that was going to be something like $100-125 to rent one. Why not put that money to maybe buying something since he would have to wear one again for the wedding anyways?

Well, at least I started to do some price comparison.

The Calvin Klein tuxedo looked like pretty standard fare at Men's was priced $500 with $100 (I also saw it at 50% off another time). At Macy's also $500, but on sale (which happens often at Macy's, plus they also always have 20% off coupons) for $320. had all sorts of less expensive tuxedos.

So, next question, what's the difference between a more expensive tuxedo and less expensive tuxedo?

Internet says, department store tuxedos are of super 100s-110s thread count. Not that great. Go to 180s and you might as well buy a car. Decent tuxedos will be in the 140s-150s. Apparently Italians wear nice suits so often, it's not a big cost since everyone is wearing one. And if you can get those tailor made suits in somewear like Thailand, you're getting a super good deal since they are actually using really nice fabric.

If you can't make it over to Thailand, you can even find US middlemen to take your measurements and get them made overseas.

The route we went? Bought a made in Italy 140s-150s tuxedo from for $160 and had it tailored by third generation Italian tailor Giovanni Vitarelli in the Bay Area for about another $150. Air loves it since it's tailored to his fit. Plus he has a tuxedo he can use for years and year (men and their clothes :P) Although who knows when we'll go to another black tie event.

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