Tuesday, November 21, 2006

tuxedo shops are the devil!

okay, not really. they aren't even the spawn of satan... but they are annoying!!!

who knew that there were so many freaking styles of tuxes these days? the guys have almost as many choices as we women do for our dresses. something i thought would be a really simple experience, was out of control.

"what kind of tie do you want? what about jacket length? 2 button? 3 button? 4 button? NO BUTTON??? how about the collar type? this one is really important. do you want the collar to be straight? sharp? kiss you on the neck while you walk?? cumberbun? vest? and if a vest, what style? solid color, or a pattern?"

the kicker of all of this was- with all of these questions to answer, they have nothing for you to try on. they actually expect you to look at a picture of a tux, or swatches of vest pattern, and choose it all that way. and anyone who has looked at a swatch of anything knows how deceiving that pattern can be. it looks good that small, but put it on something large and all of a sudden a once cute pattern looks terribly cheesy. who does this? could you imagine if that's how we had to get our dresses? oh honey, just pick it from a picture- i'm sure it will look just fine on you. we went to more than one place and called others. they're all the same. you don't try anything on. well what if you're thinking that a really light pinstriping might look great, so you order it, only to find that you look completely fucking stupid in pinstripes? i find it hard to believe that every single male on the face of this earth who has rented a tux got it solely from looking at a picture. it's enough to make me want to open a shop where everything is in store. and you try it on and pick what you like.

is this really how it's done?!?

12 comments:

alison said...

I had no idea they were this way. My dad and brother went off with Chris and the guys and they figured it all out. It's a good thing I was oblivious to all of this, otherwise it would have been one more thing to stress over (like you're doing now!).

Anonymous said...

That is how it's done - believe it or not.

That's why, personally, I stick with the basic, classic black. It's hard for that to be screwed up.

Melissa said...

You know I have very vague memories of that. I think that's why we went with black...basic and can't be fucked up.

But maybe you could call rental places and see if he can go try on ones there. maybe.

Finelly said...

I just don't know...
I can't buy anything without at least touching it first.

They do have tuxedo's for sale you know. You could go to one of those places, try on what they have and then go rent the same thing or something very similar from the rental shop.
Just a thought.

Jenn said...

Yea, no try ons. However, the one we used had most of the choices on a manaquin (is that how you spell that?) Anyway, at least your looking at it in person life size. *shrug*

Anonymous said...

When I got married...I told my husband (fiancee at the time) Get a suit...I don't care what it looks like..just take care of it...he did.. I forget what it looked like today...5 years later. I'm sure it was fine, I know he was handsome...I'm still married so it couldn't have been that bad...hee hee

Just go with the basics...his face will light up whatever he's wearing...

Stephanie A. said...

This is because the companies know that most (maybe I'm presuming this, but) straight men do not think about it so much, so they can get away with running the show like this. Irritating for the bride? Totally.

It gets worse when said tux actually arrives and one aspect of it doesn't fit in some way. There's no "if" about the arrival of the tux because SOMEONE'S tux will not fit or will be the wrong color (navy) or something really completely stupid that should never happen on anyone's freaking wedding day.

Virginia Belle said...

ok, that is completely stupid. what moron thought that was a good set-up??

probably a man.

i rest my case. :)

actually, i bet what is going on is this: if the bride hates the tux, the groom can always say, "but it's not my fault! i didn't even get to try it on first! there's no way i would have REALLY picked this out!"

behold the loophole of the tux shop.

Anonymous said...

We went to President Tuxedo in Strawberry, I don't even know if it is still there. They had everything available for Frank to try on. I remember because I remember his groomsmen had the new, well it was new then, collar, straight stand up, whatever the hell it is called collar. There was another good idea that finelly had, but take it one step further. I remember a friend of mine went to rent a tux for a Christmas party and then, just for fun, went to the Men's Wearhouse to see how much it would cost to buy. I think it was about $10.00 more to buy an entire tux and rent the shoes. This may be an idea even if they don't think they are going to wear it again. Especially if you are going to pick them up before you go up there. You are going to have the tuxes for a while. Besides, Point will need a tux for Jimmie's wedding :)

Suebob said...

I suggest the powder blue polyester with the ruffled shirt with the ruffled edged in black. That's what my brother wore in 1978 and he looked HOT!

business voodoo said...

... but then again, sometimes, when you are out of town and realized that your tux was hanging in the other flight bag ... they save your arse! satan's that way too, i suppose.

cheers, thanks for the visit ... nice to see another show up again so soon, but WHAT TIME? its not listing it on the BlogRadio segment sheet ...

busy day, but would love to try to check it out!

peace & harmony,
elaine
'freedom must be exercised to stay in shape!'

Anonymous said...

Speaking of show, are you doing your thing tomorrow (Wednesday) night? If so, who is your co-host?