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Old March 16th, 2009, 05:48 AM
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What does everyone think about the age old debate of renting versus buying a tux for a cruise? On the one hand I can get a really nice tux for around $200 or less but on the other it may be better for me to rent since I am trying to pack light.
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What's more important to you - packing or cash. If you wish to wear a tux on formal nights you can burn up that $200 bucks in about 3 cruises (depending on the rental rates.) However, in renting a tux it will be cleaned and pressed and waiting for you aboard the ship.
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Keep in mind too, you may be able to wear your tux for other occasions at home and always have one ready for the "next cruise" It will pay for itself in 2 cruises as well.
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I currently own one tuxedo, but my size will change significantly by the time my cruise comes around. I know the cruise line(Carnival) charges $160 and it includes alot of things I do not need. The $200 ones I have been able to find are worth around $500-$700 at full retail value, and I do have a garment bag that does well with my current tuxedo and suits. Just want to know if it is worth it to get a second one and maybe rent an ivory dinner jacket(or buy a used one if I can find a good one).
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Pennys sells a tux of pretty good quality for $129, that is frequently on sale for $99. The shirt/tie/studs/cumerbund set is $30. You can also go to a tux rental shop, where they frequently have used pieces for sale at a reduced price. Also, check out the Goodwill and Salvation Army racks.
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I generally keep track of the men's formalwear discount shops. I know for a fact I will be going on 2 cruises a year, minimum, plus I tend to go to other black tie events. However, I also see the fact that I am cutting it close. Perhaps I will look around.
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Some of the larger tux rental outfits have semi annual sales through their warehouse, you can find some great deals and buy brand new or used. Keep an eye out for one of those.
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True, right before I go on my cruise in October alot of formalwear retailers will be selling out their summer weight stock at highly discounted prices.
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There is a happy medium:

http://www.tuxedosonline.com/
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I have found less expensive sites. etuxedo.com and greattux.com are two of my favorites.
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What does everyone think about the age old debate of renting versus buying a tux for a cruise? On the one hand I can get a really nice tux for around $200 or less but on the other it may be better for me to rent since I am trying to pack light.
You can buy a good tuxedo (jacket and pants) for $99 at J. C. Penney. The trick is to go to a tuxedo shop and get decent shirts and decent vests or cummerbunds with matching ties, then go to a good shoestore and get a decent pair of evening dress shoes (which you also can wear with a business suit). Remember that you will need two to three shirts and sets of accessories for cruising. The package, except for the shoes, will come to about the cost of two to three rentals.

So, should you rent or buy?

>> If you are reasonably certain that your next cruise will not be your last, or if you have other occasions to wear formalwear (a "gala" evening for your favorite charity, for example), buying formalwear is the way to go.

>> But if you don't anticipate another occasion to wear formalwear, renting is the less expensive option. This situation would include (1) anybody who is taking a first cruise and is not sure of wanting to do a second and (2) anybody who is very likely to outgrow formalwear before another occasion to wear it comes around (children, for example).

I hope that this helps.

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Well, I already have the accessories and shoes. My main need other than a tux is for shirts. JC Penny I am a bit wary of buying anything from when it comes to formalwear, seeing as I tend to trust the quality of designer brands. My current tux, which will be too big by October, I wore to the opera. My primary career is in the entertainment industry so I will always have a use for a tuxedo, and in addition I also ballroom dance and I know there are black tie gala events in that circle.
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Well, I already have the accessories and shoes. My main need other than a tux is for shirts. JC Penny I am a bit wary of buying anything from when it comes to formalwear, seeing as I tend to trust the quality of designer brands. My current tux, which will be too big by October, I wore to the opera. My primary career is in the entertainment industry so I will always have a use for a tuxedo, and in addition I also ballroom dance and I know there are black tie gala events in that circle.
The quality of J. C. Penney's "Stafford" brand is surprisingly good, and you cannot beat the price.

But weight change is also a consideration. If you are still working on losing weight, you'll probably spend less if you rent until you reach your target weight....

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I have until October to figure everything out, thank goodness.
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