How to Buy a Tuxedo: 13 Formalwear Tips from a Bespoke Tailor

Jake Mueser and Amber Doyle, tailors at bespoke suit-maker Against Nature, guide you through the process of buying a tux, whether you choose off-the-rack, made-to-measure, or custom-made.

A general pricing guide

"If you do the research, you could find a full-canvassed suit between $600 and $800 at certain places. These might be at suit suppliers as opposed to smaller shops. As you move up to $1,200, you'll find full-canvassed suits that are well-made, but they're not going to be completely made by hand."

"If you're spending over $1,800, it should absolutely be full-canvassed. And if someone's spending over $2,500, then the garment should be completely hand-canvassed. If you go over that top range, then all detailing should be done by hand. Look under the collar to be sure that it's hand-sewn. And if you have the time (8 to 12 weeks), go bespoke."

Photos: Slide 1 (clockwise from top left): Courtesy of Against Nature, Wikimedia Commons, Against Nature, Against Nature; Slides 2,10: Courtesy of J. Crew; Slides 3,8,9,13,14: Courtesy of Against Nature; Slides 4,5,11: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; Slide 6: Courtesy of Details, Wikimedia Commons; Slide 7: Courtesy of Details; Slide 12: Courtesy of Cutter and Tailor, Permanent Style
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