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How to Buy a Tuxedo Online

Updated on September 7, 2011

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If you went through my wardrobe you would see a lot of black, what you would not find is a suit or sports jacket. This will change as I am on the organizing committee of a dinner that is a black tie optional event.

Black tie optional means that mean have the choice between wearing a tuxedo or a suit, a good suit, not just the everyday day work day variety.

There is something appealing about a tuxedo, possibly because I have never owned one and the last time I wore one was when I was the best man at a friend’s wedding about fourty years ago.

Today, I find myself undertaking activities that now and then require a bit more formal attire than my black jeans, shire and vest provide, hence the move towards a suit and a sports jacket, but it is possible that two or three times a year there will be opportunities to wear a tux and I am giving that serious thought.

There are no stores where I live that sell tuxedos, nor suits for that matter, so I either have to take a four hour drive or go online. So, I have opted to shop online, even with shipping and handling charges this is likely to be cheaper than renting a car and taking an overnight trip which involves food and a hotel room.

The first step is determining size; buying online means you do not get to try it on before paying so you need to know your actual size, not the one you’d like to be but the size you are.

To take your own measurements, step one get someone to help, doing it by yourself is tricky so if you have a partner ask for assistance. Use a cloth tape measure. Be sure to write the measurements down and keep them handy when going online.

I have spent several hours looking at tuxedoes on eBay, for example, and, as always when buying there I take a look at the sellers rating and the number of transactions they have conducted before even thinking about bidding or buying. I prefer the Buy it Now option, as I want what I want, and do not have the time to bid.

Next look at how much the seller is charging for shipping and handling and if the item is crossing a border there may be a duty to pay.

When purchasing a tuxedo, you need more than the jacket and pants. Shirt, tie and cummerbund are essentials. Are they included in the purchase price?

If this is going to be your only tuxedo, stick to basic black as in many cases it s the only colour acceptable for formal dinners and other events.

Be certain the pants have a silk or nylon strip down the side and are uncuffed at the bottom.

Online because I am unable to examine the merchandise first hand could buy an item such as a tux new and not used. In store it is possible to get a reasonable deal on an used tuxedo that is in good condition.

The bottom line know what you want and what you are prepared to pay, shop around first and compare prices;

Shipping times as you do not want the tuxedo to arrive the day after the event. Set your budget what is your upper limit?

I have talked to several men who have purchased tuxedos this way and all are happy with their choices.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    Harris 7 years ago

    Hi Bob....just read your post. I happen to own a company that sellstuxedos and men's formal wear online. Our company website is FineTuxedos.com. Please feel free to call me with any questions.....would be happy to offer you further discounts off our already low prices. Thanks!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    I will give that some thought, thanks for the idea. Thanks for dropping by.

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    myawn 7 years ago from Florida

    I'm sure you will look great in the new tux Thanks!

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    Katherine Baldwin 7 years ago from South Carolina

    Bob, you have GOT to post a picture of you in your new tux when you get it!

    Throw a poll module on this hub and let all of the Bob Ewing fans vote on whether to see you in your new tux or not.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    It is a hard life. :-) Thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Oh, you poor man, you do have your problems.