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If you’re looking at a suit or tuxedo rental, chances are you have a fancy event on the horizon. From senior proms to weddings, tuxedos represent the pinnacle of formalwear, and you want to make sure you order your tux a few months before your event to make sure that everything goes smoothly. For all the grooms out there, listen closely: if you are looking to rent a tuxedo for your wedding, make sure to take advantage of Generation Tux’s free Home Try-On program. With this perk, you get 48 hours with your tuxedo to try it on and make sure you like the fit and feel. This also allows you to suit up privately (or with your partner) rather than with a stranger in a store. After those two days, you can put those garments into a prepaid box (shipping is always on us!) and you’re all set. Fourteen days before you say “I do,” your big-day formalwear will arrive at your door— and you’ll already know exactly what to expect.
Let’s start with the basics. When you’re looking at suit and tuxedo rental, you have two options: in-store (think tuxedo rental stores or menswear shops) and online. At Generation Tux, we use an exclusive fit technology that uses simple measurements (height, weight, shoe size) to provide you with a stunning tuxedo that fits just right. After you finalize your order, your tuxedo will arrive on your doorstep a full 14 days before your event. Unlike in-store rentals, online services offer free shipping, customer support, and flexible return. Generation Tux gives you three days to ship your tux back. The primary benefit of online suit and tuxedo rental is the convenience that it offers.
In-store rental is the old fashioned (read: outdated) way to secure a formalwear look. When you go with an in-store rental, you have to physically go into the store to browse through each company’s racks of suits and tuxedos? Can’t find what you want? Hop back into the car and head to another location. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, it’s time for your first (of many) fittings with the in-store tailor. If you’re not into awkward silence and a potentially uncomfortable situation, this experience might not be for you. Once you have chosen your suit or tux and received the proper measurements, you have to head back to the store to pick up your outfit 24 hours before your event. Then you need to be there the next day to drop it off again. Is your event out of town? Good luck trying to negotiate, as these pick-up and drop-off windows are usually pretty iron-clad.
These days, tuxedos come in every color imaginable. While you can find a tuxedo in every tone and shade, these are the four most common colors:
If you’re a traditionalist, then a classic black tux is right up your alley. Whether you go for a notch, peak, or shawl lapel, a black tuxedo always looks elegant and classy. If you have an upcoming black-tie event, a black tux is the perfect look. They also look great at an evening event, gala, or anything fancy and festive.
A blue tuxedo is a true statement-maker. While you will turn heads when you enter a room in a blue tux, these stylish garments are always a sophisticated choice. Blue tuxedos tend to make accessories really pop and are just as comfortable at a daytime event as they are in the evening.
Grey tuxedos are a brilliant look for any season or occasion. Do you have an upcoming holiday party? Charcoal is a sure bet for winter affairs and evening events. Headed to a beachside wedding? If you go with a light grey tuxedo, you will show up looking effortlessly stylish and cool.
If you show up to your next event in a white dinner jacket, you can be sure that all eyes will be on you. White goes with everything, so white formalwear is a great option for a wedding since it blends in seamlessly with any palate and theme.
When you go with an online suit or tuxedo rental company, like Generation Tux, you gain the convenience of being able to rent your next formal wear look from anywhere at any time. Whether you’re using your tablet, phone, or computer, online suit and tuxedo rental brings the store to your living room, office, or even your favorite bar. Are you a soon-to-be groom who would rather make your suit or tuxedo selection a group activity? With online rental, you can have your nearest and dearest weigh in on your big look without having to coordinate schedules and logistics. Once you have chosen your preferred color, Generation Tux will mail you color swatches (for free!) so that you can compare your potential outfit to the bridesmaid dresses, flowers, and overall wedding theme.
For those using an in-store rental, things get a bit trickier. When you go with a store, you’re at the mercy of their current stock. Looking for pink suspenders? If your store is out, so is your luck. This potential challenge is the reason why in-store rental usually means mixing and matching outfit pieces from multiple locations, a process that takes a lot of time, patience, and gas. When you use a modern online rental, like Generation Tux, everything you need to be dressed for the occasion is in the same place.
Wedding planning can sometimes feel like another full time job. With so much on your plate, the last thing you need to think about is whether or not your best man has sent his measurements over to your rental shop. At Generation Tux, we know the stress that groomsmen coordination can bring to the wedding planning process. That’s why we offer wedding party management tools that allow you to send your wedding party a link with the look you would like them to rent. Once your groomsmen have created their own Generation Tux account, we take care of the follow-up and make sure that everyone has ordered their looks in time.
At the end of the day, looking and feeling your best in your suit or tuxedo comes down to one thing: fit. You could have the finest suit or tuxedo, but if it is baggy, bunching, or bursting at the seams, you won’t look or feel as good as you should.
If you go with an in-store rental, your fitting will take place in-person across multiple visits. Outside of the commute, a big drawback here is that you are constrained by the styles that the store has available in your size. Looking for a navy blue tuxedo in a 34 waist? If the store only has a 31, you’re sadly out of luck.
With an online tuxedo rental, there’s no store visit required and no measuring tape to use. At Generation Tux, we use an exclusive fit technology that uses simple information (height, weight, shoe size) to determine your unique fit. Once we have determined your formalwear fit, you will have over 20
If you’re a groom, don’t forget to take advantage of Generation Tux’s free Home Try-On program. With this perk, you get 48-hours to test drive your wedding look before you commit to the suit or tuxedo for good. That’s right, you get two full days to get a feel for your suit or tuxedo’s fit, ask your friends and family for their opinions, and to take some shameless selfies to make sure your wedding look is Instagram ready. When your trial period is over, simply mail everything back to Generation Tux (in a prepaid box) and if you’re happy, then your work is complete. Fourteen days before your Big Day, your finalized look will arrive right at your door. If you would like some changes, just let us know and we will work to make sure that everything fits just right— it’s the biggest day of your life, and every detail matters.
How you receive and return your tuxedo depends entirely on how you’ve rented it.
Traditional in-store rentals generally have a very tight turnaround policy. Usually, renters are asked to pick their tuxedo up the day before their event and to drop it off the morning after. This restrictive window adds a ton of unnecessary stress and logistics to your event experience. If you’re the one getting married, these 24-hour windows can really encroach on family time, rehearsal dinners, welcome parties, and all of the other events that take place around a wedding.
Online rentals are all about convenience. With Generation Tux, renters get their tuxedos 14 days before their big event and it arrives on their doorstep. No running around here, just open the door, grab your outfit, and go back to your life. Once your event is over, you have three full days to put your garments back into their pre-paid box and to send it out in the mail. No driving. No stress. No problem.
Whether you’re walking down the aisle or busting up the dance floor at your work’s holiday party, Generation Tux is here to make sure that you look great doing it. We offer easy, stress-free formalwear rental that arrives 14 days before your big event and fits just right every time. Check out our site and read all about the latest menswear trends, get inspired by real-life grooms and style kings, and start building your unique look today. It’s time to find your fit— and discover the future of formalwear.
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