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Should You Rent or Buy a Tuxedo for Special Events?

May 10, 2016 by StageScreen - No Comments

If you have a special event coming up, you are probably in need of a tuxedo. Suits like this are one of those things that most people don’t wear very often – but you want one that looks great and fits you perfectly when you do get all dressed up. So, the question is very simple – should you just rent your tuxedo for each special event that you attend, or should you buy one of your own? There are a few points to consider on this topic.

How Often Do You Get Dressed Up?

Obviously, this should be the first question that you ask yourself when trying to decide if you should buy or rent a tuxedo. If you can’t think of the next time you are going to be in need of a tux, you might as well just rent when the need does arise. After all, there is no point in spending the money on a tux if it is just going to sit in your closet as the years go by. You will spend less money by renting if you are only going to wear a tux on a very rare occasion, and you will save space in your closet as well.

Will You Be Changing in Size?
This is a question that can be hard to answer, but you can make your best guess in order to make an educated decision. If you think that your size will likely change within the next decade, you should probably stick to renting for now. Most likely, this will be the case for those getting ready to go to prom as a 17 or 18-year-old. Teenagers are very likely to continue growing and changing for the next few years, so a tux that you by at 18 years old may not work for you several years down the line. The cost of alterations will offset any savings you may have enjoyed by buying your tux, so there really isn’t much point to making a purchase if you suspect that your size is going to change.

Do You Want to Store It?
The money you could potential save buy purchasing a tux rather than renting might seem like a big deal at the moment, but those savings could start to seem rather insignificant when you have to push the tux out of your way every time you go into your closet for a jacket. Remember, if you buy a tux, you are going to have to store it for the next 10 years or more, while only using it every once in a while. The task of storing the tux could wind up being more of a hassle than it is worth for the money you have saved.

For most people, it is going to make more sense to rent a tux for a special occasion rather than purchasing one that can be used for years to come. Unless you someone who is regularly attending events that call for tuxedos, you simply won’t wear it enough to justify the cost and the hassle of storage. Plus, when you rent, you are assured of getting a great fit each and every time. Ultimately this choice is going to be up to you, but the chances are you will be better served with a rental.