Hello. First post on AoM for me! I am going to be getting married in August, so I started looking at tuxes for the wedding. I thought that it would be nice to buy instead of rent, so I can continue to wear it and so that I could get it tailored.
I have a lot of questions about tuxedos. I don't intend for someone to answer them all, but I hope to learn about at least some of these areas before I buy one. I've also learned a lot already from these forums, and blacktieguide.com, which I found from a thread here.
Fitting: The tuxedos that I have tried on at store nearby didn't seem to fit like I would expect. I thought a tuxedo should fit me pretty similarly to how a suit would fit. They have a pleated and non-pleated type of pant, both with a stripe down the side. I could fit probably 3-4 of my legs inside of the legs. My suits and dress pants are much more tighter fitting. My fiance and the person at the store said that tuxedos are supposed to be more baggy, but this looks really bad to me. Are they correct? I'm pretty thin (6'1", 160lbs) and generally prefer fitted clothing.
I also felt like the shoulders were too large on me. These shouldn't extend past my shoulders, right? Could this be tailored in?
Jackets: There seems to be a pretty wide variance on jackets. I liked http://www.jimsformalwear.com/tux822.htm the most of what the store I've been to has, although it doesn't have a notch. Is this too informal without a notch?
Shirts: Pleated or not? I think I prefer non-pleated shirts, but pleated seems to be more standard. I may just like this because I'm used to it.
Ties: What kind of knot? Windsor or the double-folded knot (don't know the name; like http://www.tuxedoexpo.com/itempics/556_large.jpg). My fiance prefers the latter, and I prefer Windsor. Unfortunately the vests that match the bridesmaids dresses do not come with Windsor knots.
Pre-tied? All of the ties at the tuxedo rental place are pre-tied with a tightener. I was kind of offended by this idea, because I could tie it myself, and it seemed tacky (like a clip on tie). Is this standard or is this only for convenience for people renting?
Vests: How many buttons? I like four buttons (the vest with the jacket I liked in http://www.jimsformalwear.com/tux822.htm), but more seems more common. Are you not supposed to button the bottom button, as he did in the picture?
Thank you very much for any information. Sorry for the verboseness.
Did you put on a tuxedo coat that was the right size when you were looking? When I have rented tuxes in the past I never tried on one that fit, I look for the style and then they measure me and I get the right one when I go pick it up. Keep that in mind that you may not have been wearing the correct size. I'm not sure about the more baggy comment, I've never really worried about it.
Do you really expect to wear the tux after your wedding. I've never worn a tuxedo aside from weddings and prom. When you are in someone else's wedding you wouldn't wear your own tux because it wouldn't match everyone else. Do expect to head to that many black tie events? I would consider renting the tux for the wedding and putting the money you save from not buying towards a quality suit that will be much more versatile.
Congrats on the upcoming nuptials.
The best guide on the internet: http://www.blacktieguide.com/index.html
If you're looking to buy, read it first. You don't want to spend the money to get a tux only to then look like a kid who got lost on the way to the prom every time you wear it. I'll briefly answer some of your specific questions as well,
Fit: Should not be very different from a suit. Pants shouldn't be ridiculously baggy nor should shoulders look ridiculous (a good fit will subtly emphasize the breadth of a man's shoulders, a poor fit will look like he's trying to fool people into thinking he's tougher than he is).
Jacket: Notch lapels are the least formal and traditional. A shawl collar or peak lapels are better options.
Tie: Black bow tie and tie it yourself.
Vest: Black or white, preferably the traditional low cut style. Or wear a black cummerbund.