My senior prom will be here in the next few months (probably faster than I realize). I was wondering from gents with experience, what is the best way to acquire a tuxedo for prom? Should I rent one? Should I buy one? Also, my girlfriend's dress is a peach color, what does that mean for me? Do I wear classic black and white? Thank you in advance for any and all help, friends!
If tuxes really are the norm at your school, rent one. Otherwise, get a suit. Unless your date has other suggestions, go with classic black.
Other AoM members have said that buying is only a bit more expensive than renting. The problem with buying is you're not likely to get much use out of this investment. Occasions for tuxes in high school and college are very rare.
[Though not at every school. If you have an idea where you're going to college, you could try to get in touch with a current student or alumnus and double-check this. I went to a VERY strange college, where a tux was appropriate about 3x/year.]
Also, most high school boys are not "filled out." A tux you buy now likely won't fit you well in a few years.
You can never go wrong with a white corsage. [wrist corsage if you don't want to awkwardly pin it near her boobies] But ask your date (or her mother) if their is a particular color or flower she'd like.
Rent. Black. You can match your tie and vest to her if you want ... otherwise, just don't get something that'll clash.
Thank you for all of the suggestions!
I read somewhere once, unless you're going to wear Black Tie at least twice a year...every year...don't bother buying your own dinner suit. Rent, instead.
On the other hand, if you're going to be using it regularly enough (at least twice a year every year or two) to justify buying it, then I would look into buying it.
Check out Indochino (their banner is usually at the top of the page)
I've purchased 2 tuxes from them in the past and am impressed with what I got for the money. Just follow their instructions on how to measure yourself, its' quite a painless process. They also have some very modern or edgy suit options if you prefer a bit more flair.
I may be biased but I use my tuxes at 2-3 times per year (I'm involved in competitive ballroom dancing) and always get tonnes of compliments about how well it fits. Nothing wrong with rented but if you live a lifestyle that requires a tux its a great investment. It might be worth considering a charcoal or navy suit instead of a tux so that it can be used for future job interviews/weddings/formal events.
Rent, don't buy. You can buy cheap tuxes if you know what you're doing (including some of good quality) but I don't think that's your situation.
Classic black and white. Learn to tie your own bow tie. Do not match your vest and tie to her dress.
This website is the definitive online resource for formalwear.
Rent (unless you have a hobby like Whaler that calls for frequent tux use). I'm a 36 year old professional and although I have many occasions that have called for a suit, I have worn a tux only three times since prom. All were while standing for someone else's wedding and in each, I had to wear the tux they had picked out so owning one would have been pointless (as a groomsman you are a part of a matching set and have to wear the style the couple pick for you). Also, despite remaining active and relatively fit, I have not been as skinny as I was in high school since around the age of 21. As Rebeka called it, I filled out. Some fat, some muscle (ok, more fat).
As for what to pick, I would suggest you go for something classic. Some guys like to be ironic or flashy and go for the powdered blue suit but unless you are a self-absorbed douche bag I'd suggest sticking with something plain so its your date who gets to stick out and shine when you go.
You may want to ask your friends (boys and girls) to find out what's popular at the moment. At my prom in 1994, plaid vests were in and shiny cummerbuds were not. So I got a vest and got the one with green plaid since my date had a green dress.
For the most part, the great thing about a black tux is that the black and white motif goes with anything. To "match" your date, just make sure that any extra colour, like my vest, matches your date's dress (get her opinion on this). You also get to match with your date by ordering a corsage for her and a matching boutonniere for you. These need to match her dress so you should get her mom's help picking them out (you could ask your date but I'd ask her mom so you can "surprise" her with it. Mind you, some women hate surprises and love control so I will leave that choice to you).
Finally, be sure to order your tux early. Remember, your entire class along with a few other schools will probably be scrambling for tuxes on the same day so the sooner you book yours the better chance you'll be able to get the one you want.
Well as a senior, I'm not sure how to answer that. If you where Junior and could expect to wear it more then twice the advice would be to buy.
The rule of thumb I have heard was renting 3 times was more expensive then buying so buy if you will expect to wear it 2+ times. The idea being that you have a Tux and you never know when you will need it so it worth the storage costs etc.
As to matching your girl. You are best bet is to simply match with a flower and keep the rest standard black and white or midnight blue and white.
Rent. I don't know that black is a requirement; you could wear something that goes well with her dress. Black would be OK. I wonder if you might want a shirt that has color.
Black and white goes with everything, and a man should not make himself into a fashion accessory for his date.
Might want to see what the style is w/ the high-school set, before laying down a firm principle. High school proms are formal, but they are different from formal events later in life.
If his fellows all dress to match themselves to their dates as if they were handbags or hairpieces then they won't have enough sartorial interest to criticize the OP for what he wears. However, looking at the photos later in life, the OP might be pleased to be dressed like a man and not a twit.