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Old 19 May 2013, 09:14 PM
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(Maybe this belongs in stupid questions, but why aren't there places that rent out bridesmaids' dresses? Or are there?)
renttherunway.com is just one such place.
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Old 19 May 2013, 09:43 PM
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This is true, do all or most men rent tuxes though? It is possible but I assumed they owned one already as they are wearable repeatedly, though I've never thought much about how men obtain their clothes, so you probably have a much better idea of the situation than me.
I don't know how representative I and my male friends and family are, but I'm positive not a one of us owns any outfit suitable for white tie or black tie*, nor even a single dinner jacket (which I think is the bare minimum to be called a tuxedo). I'm nearly certain none of us own so much as a three piece suit.

I've yet to be at an event requiring more formality than a (two piece) business suit. I've rented tuxes for weddings, but of course that was not to meet some minimum dress code; rather, the groom/groomsmen all wore a particular style of tuxedo to distinguish themselves from the rest of the attendees. (So even if I owned a tuxedo it would still be the wrong one and I'd have to rent a tux anyway.) In any case, I can't imagine attending enough black tie events that it would actually become practical to purchase and maintain a tuxedo instead of renting one as needed.

* Excepting my friends/family currently in the military, who keep uniforms appropriate for every level of formal dress.
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Old 19 May 2013, 10:03 PM
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Tux styles change slower than other fashion, but they change. A man can't expect to buy one and wear it for too many years. I only know one guy who owns one and he wears it more often than is necessary. The last time I went to anything black tie was several years ago and that was a bit of an residual anachronism of southern culture. I don't expect to be attending anything black tie again anytime soon either.
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Old 19 May 2013, 11:23 PM
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Tux styles change slower than other fashion, but they change. A man can't expect to buy one and wear it for too many years. I only know one guy who owns one and he wears it more often than is necessary. The last time I went to anything black tie was several years ago and that was a bit of an residual anachronism of southern culture. I don't expect to be attending anything black tie again anytime soon either.
I understand the part about not expecting to attend a black tie event soon, but I'd quibble with your assessment of tux styles changing. There are certain fads/trends (banded collars, rounded "shawl" lapels, etc.) that arise every now and then, but even so, the basic, notched-collar black tie and cummerbund style with a wing collared, pleated shirt, has been an acceptable standard for several decades at least. Certainly the one I bought for college in the early nineties is still a perfectly common style twenty years later. (We performing classical musician types generally find it more economical to purchase than rent, but I can see where that wouldn't be the case for everyone.)

ETA: Alchemy's point about wedding party tuxes often not being the "standard" tux is a good one.
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Old 20 May 2013, 12:53 AM
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That is good to know. When you buy a tux is it adjustable like the kind one rents? I can't speak for others, but in the 20+ years since I graduated my weight has ranged fairly widely.
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Old 20 May 2013, 08:38 AM
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You are allowed to do that? I thought it was a law that bridesmaids' dresses had to be hideous taffeta monstrocities.
I know this is late but a few years ago I was at a botanical garden with a friend and as we were walking we ran across a wedding and the bridesmaids had the most gorgeous long coral dresses you have ever seen. I wanted to go up to them and ask *where* they had bought them.
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That is good to know. When you buy a tux is it adjustable like the kind one rents? I can't speak for others, but in the 20+ years since I graduated my weight has ranged fairly widely.
Not typically, but rental houses will often sell off their old stock, including the adjustable pants. You can also order direct from a supplier like this that carries the adjustable pants.
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Old 21 May 2013, 05:46 PM
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(We performing classical musician types generally find it more economical to purchase than rent, but I can see where that wouldn't be the case for everyone.)
A friend of mine said that being friends with male classical musicians, meant she always could find a +1 with a tux.
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