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Why You Should Always BUY, Never RENT Your Ringerbearer Tuxedo
Posted On 10/16/2014 By Lauren Allison
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One of the most common questions we get here at Tuxgear, Inc., is why a customer should purchase a boys’ tuxedo or boys’ suit for a wedding or special event when it is seemingly so easy to rent one from a local vendor.  To address this critical question, we sat down with Tuxgear, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, Sandy Lindley, a formal wear expert with over three decades in the industry, and we asked her to provide us with a few major reasons to BUY and never RENT your boys’ fashion suit or boys’ tuxedo.  Her answers provided amazing insight we felt compelled to share with any customer in the market for boys’ tuxedo or boys’ suit, especially if your little man has the honor of being the ringbearer at any upcoming wedding.

Q: MY SON IS GOING TO BE A RINGBEARER AT A WEDDING IN A FEW MONTHS.  WHY SHOULD WE BUY A BOYS’ TUXEDO FROM TUXGEAR, INC. INSTEAD OF JUST GOING TO THE FORMALWEAR STORE HERE IN OUR HOMETOWN TO RENT THE BOYS’ TUXEDO THAT HE PROBABLY WILL ONLY WEAR FOR ONE DAY?

A: GREAT QUESTION! IT IS CERTAINLY A QUESTION MANY OF OUR TUXGEAR, INC. CUSTOMERS ASK ME EVERY DAY WHEN TAKING CUSTOMER SERVICE CALLS.  HERE ARE THE ESSENTIALS FOR WHY IT IS POSITIVELY IMPERATIVE TO BUY RATHER THAN RENT YOUR BOYS’ TUXEDO FOR THE BIG DAY!  

  • Rental Retailers are expensive.  Whether the family of the ringbearer must bear the cost or the bride and groom bear the cost of the rental, either would be lucky to find a traditional tuxedo or wedding day suit with all of the accessories for less than $100.  At Tuxgear, we are consistently secret-shopping our competitors, especially those in the rental industry, and this past week, we could not find such a rental suit for less than $150 in or 3T, 4T, or a 5T size.  Those expenses only increase when families wait until the last minute to rent the tuxedo.  So, if you have a wedding that is not planned six months to a year in advance, the reality is you are assuredly going to pay more at Rental Retailer.  At Tuxgear, our product prices never increase whether you plan to marry in one year or one week from your order date, and we can get you a Tuxedo crafted especially for your child, one that will not require week’s works of costly alternations, on your doorstep the very next day after your place your order.  Planning ahead is never a bad thing, and we encourage our Tuxgear customers to take advantage of our unique over order policy that allows families to order one to two additional sizes of the same tuxedo or suit to ensure optimal fit with the option to return up to two for a full refund. It absolutely makes no sense to rent an ill-fitting tuxedo from a rental retailer for over $100 when you could own a tuxedo made especially and fitted perfectly for your ringbearer for less $60.

 

  • Rental Retailers do not carry true children’s sizes.  What most retailers do not tell their customers is that they actually do not carry true children’s sizes in most of their suits and tuxedos, but they are not about to miss the opportunity to make a sale of several tuxedos for an entire wedding party based on that tiny detail.  So, they send a suit that is really a young man’s suit that has been altered within an inch of its life by some seamstress in another country, ill-fitting in all the awful places, and try to tell the mother of the ringbearer that this is a quality item that just needs to be “taken in a little to fit your son.”  Further, anybody that has ever been part of a wedding party knows that the tuxedos actually do not actually arrive at the wedding site until mere days before the ceremony, so now, this frantic mother is desperately trying to locate a professional seamstress to save this rented tuxedo, one she will enjoy the benefit of for essentially one day if she is lucky, to pay for alterations that likely will cost as much as the rented tuxedo itself. If you have ever been in a wedding party, do you recall any wedding where all of the rented tuxedos arrived on time, the groomsmen came in for the fitting, and the shopkeeper, who personally measured them himself, stood back and exclaimed, “Wow!  They all just fit like a glove?” No matter the sales pitch, it just does not happen.   Imagine how difficult it is when trying to make what is really an adult suit somehow fit a 5 year-old without swallowing him in the process.

 

  • Rental Retailers have hidden fees.  Rental retailers often hook couples with the idea that all the men in their ceremony will have designer Italian suits, and even the most cost-minded couples who will likely be on their honeymoon when the bill arrives, tend to overlook this cost in their wedding budget.  Most of these such suits, while undoubtedly stylish, are made of wool, a heavy, unbreathable fabric with very little give for movement during the ceremony.  Now, think about a summer wedding complete with a sit down dinner, and a dance floor where the wedding party celebrates the happy the couple into the wee hours of the morning.  Factor in a little (or a lot) of alcohol at this special, once-in-a-lifetime event.  When the men return the tuxedos or suits to the rental retailer, they often must be professionally cleaned or perhaps even have a seem or two repaired, and the rental retailer will surely charge you far more than your local dry cleaner or tailor because they are most interested in rapidly readying those suits to rent to the next wedding party.  Those costs for a designer Italian wool suit could easily exceed $100.  Now, think about your ringbearer rental suit.  Remember the one you already spent a fortune to alter?  Well, now it might have grass stains on the knees of the boys’ tuxedo trousers, wedding cream cake filling on the satin lapel, chocolate finger prints on the crisp white boys’ tuxedo shirt that the precious little ringbear used as a napkin, and a few seams that need attention after he charmed all of the bridesmaids on the dance floor.  Your Rental Retailer could charge you $100 or more to clean and repair that designer Italian wool suit for your little boy just, well, being a little boy, and at Tuxgear, where we specialize in formal attire for infants, boy, and young men, we simply do not think such a secretive practice is ethical or honest.
  • Rental Retailers have stringent return policies.  Once the shopkeeper has already made the sale for the entire wedding party, he or she really loses interest in the customer service aspect of returning any rented suit for the ringbearer.  With over three decades in the wedding industry, we have heard some horror stories about shopkeepers requiring rented tuxedos and suits to be returned before 10 AM the morning after of the ceremony when the shop itself may not open till 9 AM.  Many families attend church services the morning after a Saturday wedding ceremony.  Many Saturday night wedding guests are, well, suddenly stricken with dehydration and a migraine headache after the wedding and have trouble getting to the rental retailer at the designated time.  Many out-of-town wedding guests are busily packing and checking out of hotels for the return voyage home and simply do not have time to adhere to this inconvenient policy.  Many mothers of the ringbearer have a hysterical child on their hands that did not get enough sleep because of the exciting reception the evening before and cannot load all of the rented items and the screaming child into the minivan in order to meet that deadline.  So, what happens when you miss the return deadline?  You guessed it: Your Rental Retailer charges you, yet again, with a late fee you never anticipated in your budget.  Tuxgear sells you the boys’ tuxedo or boys’ suit, so we happily invite you to attend church, to take some aspirin and sleep in, to throw it in your suitcase and go, or to do whatever is most convenient for your family. 

 

  • Rental Retailers hide behind local shopkeepers to trick you into believing you are getting something local.  At Tuxgear, we have many customers that seem apprehensive about ordering a ringbear’s suit or ringbear’s tuxedo from a “place on the Internet,” but in reality, if you went into your local formal wear store, they are ordering from their designated men’s formalwear wholesaler, likely outside the United States, and falsely reassuring you that you are buying local .  If you select your boys’ suit or boys’ tuxedo complete with suspenders and bow tie from a catalogue or portfolio inside the local vendor’s shop, you can know, in all likelihood, you are ordering some mass produced, clumsily constructed suit or tuxedo made overseas (and by overseas, we do not mean Italy) with “Made in Italy” inaccurately stitched inside the jacket.  Most local vendors simply cannot afford to maintain to a warehouse with suits and tuxedos in every size and every style at all times, so they order the cheapest suit they can find on the Internet, perhaps even sew their own label somewhere on the suit, while turning around and badmouthing those American businesses that happen to be open about the practice of selling quality boys’ suits and boys’ tuxedos on the Internet.  Do not be fooled.  If the shop keeper cannot show you the boys’ suit or boys’ tuxedo in the precise size and style you desire in the shop at that very second, they are ordering it off the Internet, and if you are going to do that anyway, it makes the very most sense to order from Tuxgear, a business that specializes in formal attire for your son.  We can even accent the boys’ suit or boys’ tuxedo with a professionally hand sewn bow tie from our elite line of products made in Meridian, Idaho, Extras So Sweet, LLC, for less than $20.  View our entire Extras So Sweet, LLC, bow tie collection here: http://www.tuxgear.com/cart/extras-so-sweet/handmade-bow-ties-c-227_233.html

 

-Rental Retailers offer suits constructed with fabric not designed for children’s clothing.  There is certainly a reason why all children’s clothing is not made out of wool or silk.  These fabrics are expensive, difficult to clean, unbreathable, and completely unsuitable for an active young man.  Recently, elastic waistbands have become somewhat unfashionable, even though keeping boys’ trousers in place during the ceremony seems to us to be rather ideal.  At Tuxgear, we offer many of our suits in a deluxe polyester-cotton or micofiber blend, and we do so because we understand our customers.  These blends allow your ringbearer to move comfortably without sweating during the ceremony and the reception and look virtually identical to but are far less expensive than their wool counterparts.  Almost every Tuxgear boys’ suit or boys’ tuxedo include elastic waistbands, including those hidden and fully adjustable inside the waistline of the boys’ trousers, to, with the help of a Tuxgear boys’ belt or boys’ suspenders, keep the boys’ trousers in place while allowing him to run, to dance at the reception while keeping his pants at the waistline where they should be.  Almost every single Tuxgear boys’ suit or boys’ tuxedo is machine washable on a gentle cycle and never require expensive professional cleaning.  So, if you elect to purchase a Tuxgear boys’ suit or boys’ tuxedo, those grass stains on the knees are easily removable for the cost of barely a cup or scoop of laundry detergent.  Although we do offer over 100 different varieties of satin or satin blend ties, we also offer many handmade deluxe 100% boys’ neck ties and boys’ bow ties from Extras So Sweet, LLC for less than $20 that are always machine washable on gentle cycle in case your little man needs to remove a little cheese or chocolate fondue from his favorite Tuxgear tie.  View our entire Extras So Sweet, LLC, bow tie collection here:    http://www.tuxgear.com/cart/extras-so-sweet/handmade-bow-ties-c-227_233.html

 



Nobody Likes A Naked Suit
Posted On 10/02/2014 By Lauren Allison
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Boys basic grey 2 button suit by Fouger USAWhen I started shopping for boys’ formal wear for my son, Jack, one of the very first things that drew me to Tuxgear.com was its firm commitment to the finished formal look.  As the hardly reformed sorority girl of the Tuxgear.com team with an obsessive eye for detail, I have been to enough formal dances and other events, including many beautiful weddings for my Kappa sisters, and noticed far too many guys giving formal wear a valiant effort but never altogether succeeding.  You know precisely the type: These are the guys of all ages that arrive at a “Black Tie” event in a clip-on bow tie, the ones that probably picked up their prom date with rubber bands in place to keep their French cuffed dress shirt from gaping at the wrists because they were too cheap to purchase some basic cufflinks, the mother who dressed her little ringbearer with white socks in lieu of black dress socks to accompany his designer boys’ tuxedo.  When I see these formal wear fashion faux pas, I immediately have this tiny voice inside my head whisper, “Oh, almost, but not quite.”  What is, in fact, most troubling about these fashion missteps is that, in the very same way a handmade bow tie (perhaps one from our Extras So Sweet, LLC collection) sends the message that the wearer is “geek chic” and “fashion forward,” the failure to properly accessorize your boys’ suit, men’s suit, boys’ tuxedo, or men’s tuxedo also sends a message, and perhaps it is not one you ever considered when shopping and skimping on boys’ formal attire. 

Allow me to more thoroughly explain: When you contact Tuxgear.com, a business where our style experts have been in the formal wear industry for more than forty years, they will always remind you that, if you need a boys’ dress suit, boys’ tuxedo, men’s suit, or men’s tuxedo, it is critical to finish your look with the proper formal accessories.  Guys only really ever take the opportunity to wear a suit or tuxedo on a very special occasion, a Bar Mitzvah, a wedding, a “Black Tie” fundraiser.  In order to reflect the reverence you have the significance of the event itself and its hosts and hostesses, your suit needs to communicate not only your personal style but your personal pride in being an invited or honored guest at the event.  In this regard, failing to properly accessorize your boys’ tuxedo or boys’ suit is borderline disrespectful, and the choice to avoid accessories sends a clear message to your hosts: Your event really isn’t important enough for me to be bothered with looking my personal best.  Take the example of the mother who dressed her little ringbearer in white cotton socks with his boys’ tuxedo and boys’ tuxedo shoes.  For the sake of argument, let’s simply assume this wedding was planned six months in advance.  What message does her choice not to simply purchase some black dress socks send to the wedding party?  The mother and father of the bride paying for this joyous event?  I have a few possibilities, but frankly, none reflect too positively on the ringbearer’s mother.  Can you imagine the ringbearer’s mother telling the bride, “Oh, I know this is the most important day of your life, but I completely spaced it and forgot to order some black socks because that is how little this day means to me?”  What about her telling the mother of the bride, “I realize you and your husband have spent literally thousands on this wedding, but I just could not spare the less than $10 dollars it would take to complete the finished formal look for your ringbearer, even though he is in the wedding party.”  Perhaps, even worse, can you imagine her saying, “Is there something wrong with white cotton socks with a tuxedo? I mean, they are fancy enough for me to wear to the gym, so they must be fine for a formal event, right?”  Failing to finish your formal look essentially tells your hosts: (1) Your special day is not all that special to me, (2) I’m lazy and inattentive to detail, (3) I’m a cheapskate, (4) I’m tacky, or (5) All of the above.  Certainly, accidents happen.  As the mother of a five year old, I can attest that traveling across the country for a wedding only to realize you completely forgot to pack a dress belt is infuriating, but when the opportunity to accessorize, especially with inexpensive and quality-made items offered exclusively by Tuxgear.com, presents itself without any inconvenience, seize the moment, ensure your finished formal look, and send the right message at your event.

My breathtakingly beautiful Southern Belle of a grandmother used to say, “The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize,” and in order to further emphasize the importance of a formal finished look, I wanted to share a story of a formal wear oversight, nay, disaster that continues to plague our family to this very day, some forty years after it actually happened.  On the day of my parents’ wedding, my grandmother had planned every moment of the ceremony, every look of the wedding party completely from head to toe as dictated precisely by the rules of etiquette.  With her at the helm, this event was certainly to be nothing short of glamorous.  The ceremony began, the string quartet welcoming the procession of groomsmen arm-in-arm with the far lovelier bridesmaids down the aisle to await the bride, and seated right next the aisle, my grandmother noticed something.  One of the groomsmen had neglected to purchase tuxedo shoes like all the others, instead opting for a particular loafer known as the Hushpuppy with white cotton socks.  He would later tell my father that the shoes were “too pricey” despite the fact that he easily could have rented some tuxedo shoes for the event for less than $5 on the day of the wedding.  Mr. Hushpuppy, as my grandmother would call him through clenched teeth for the rest of her life, and his white cotton socks managed to make it into every single wedding group picture, equipping my grandmother with an eternal reason to grumble every time she flipped through my parents’ wedding album to see the pictures she paid to take to commemorate his cheapness.  My grandmother never looked at Mr. Hushpuppy the same way, and her paranoia about the finished formal look certainly contributed to a visit (or two) to the grooms’ room prior to my wedding to thoroughly inspect the attire of every member of the wedding party.  After hearing about the fashion sins of Mr. Hushpuppy for multiple decades, I was more than appreciative of her giving all of the men in the wedding party a very thorough inspection, especially before some ghastly fashion choice was memorialized for eternity in the wedding pictures. 

So, how can you avoid a fate similar to Mr. Hushpuppy?  Remember a simple rule: Nobody likes a naked suit.  A naked suit is one bare of any accessories, a bald, off-the-rack, plain number without any finishing touches like boys’ suspenders, cufflinks and stud sets, boys’ bow ties, pocket squares, cummerbunds or vests, even a tie clip in certain circumstances.  Many things in this life are quite divine naked; however, a suit simply is not one of them.  As a young mother forced to exist on very little sleep (as I sit here editing this blog entry at 3:56 AM), I am proud to share my personal boys’ formal suits and tuxedos accessory checklist, all available at very reasonable prices at www.tuxgear.com only, to help you ensure you have everything you could possibility need to make sure your man reflects the importance of the occasion:

  • For a tuxedo….
    • Tuxedo Jacket
    • Tuxedo Pants
    • White, Stiff-Front Tuxedo Shirt
    • Bow Tie (Tuxgear.com always carries virtually every color under the sun in stock.  There is never a need to special order any such item, a problem I have certainly encountered when shopping about franchises like Men’s Wearhouse)
    • Cummerbund or Vest (All colors are always in stock and never special order at Tuxgear.com)
    • Black or White Suspenders (Braces)
    • Cufflinks
    • Studs
    • Pocket Square (if the event is not considered “White Tie”….If the event is “Black Tie,” choose a white pocket square for the most classic look)
    • Black Nylon Dress Socks (With a tuxedo, plain black dress socks are the most appropriate choice)
    • Black Tuxedo Dress Shoes (and yes, these are far different from simply black dress shoes in the same way that Hushpuppies are not tuxedo shoes….)
    • White gloves (if the event is considered “White Tie”)
  • For a suit….
    • Suit jacket
    • Suit pants
    • Stiff, Fold-Down Collar Dress Shirt
    • Bow tie or neck tie (I absolutely adore the handmade bow ties, available in both self tie and pre-tied varieties, in the Extras So Sweet line of products available at www.tuxgear.com.  Do not leave this website without checking them out!)
    • Vest (Optional)
    • Belt or Suspenders (Braces) to match
    • Cufflinks (if the dress shirt is French cuffed)
    • Pocket Square (Again, the hand sewn pocket squares from Extras So Sweet at www.tuxgear.com are, frankly, the best product for an incredible value and worth a look every time you visit our website.  Remember, your pocket square should accent but not perfectly match your tie as perfect matches often make it look like perhaps the wearer is trying just a little too hard). 
    • Matching Dress Socks
    • Matching Dress Shoes (Loafers or Hushpuppies are a very poor choice.  Have I mentioned that?)
    • Tie Clip to match cufflink set, if wearing a neck tie (especially a skinny tie)

Check each item off the list as you purchase at Tuxgear.com, and you can assuredly have yourself an elegantly finished formal look, suit and accessories, for far less than any department store delivered directly to your doorstep in time for your next formal event.  Our Tuxgear Style Experts are available by phone at 800.601.5171  to help you select the perfect boys’ suspenders, boys’ braces, pocket squares, vests, cummerbunds, bow ties, and every other formal accessorize to have your young man looking beyond dapper for your special occasion.  Let them inspire you with fashion confidence!  Call us today and let us help you select the perfect tuxedo or suit complete with all of the formal accessories to ensure even the most particular of grandmothers will not only approve but applaud the very moment she sees your guy with a complete Tuxgear look.

Do you agree with Lauren’s views on the finished formal look?  Find her checklist helpful?  Think she is a little maniacal about her formal wear?  Find us on Facebook or tweet us at @tuxgear and tell us what you think, using the hashtag #NakedSuit to join the conversation.   



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