This post is brought to you by Combatant Gentlemen. Why rent when you can own? #HolidaySmarter
With New Yearâ€™s approaching — as well as the swanky parties that come with it — gentlemen the world over are once again thinking about the tuxedo dilemma: to rent or to own? The problem often comes down to price vs. use. â€œIf I buy a tux, will it get used enough to justify the cost?â€
Itâ€™s a question that actually doesnâ€™t have a very complicated answer: in most cases, it does in fact pay to own a tuxedo â€“ if you buy one at the right price. The average cost to rent a tux is about $200; if youâ€™re renting a luxury brand, itâ€™s even more than that. Through Combatant Gentleman â€“ aka Combat Gent â€“ you can buy your very own tuxedo for that very same price. So even if you wear it just twice, youâ€™ll have saved money over renting!
Assuming you stay mostly the same size, and with good care, your tuxedo can last decades. Between black-tie weddings, fancy fundraisers, New Yearâ€™s Eve gatherings, and more, you can be sure that youâ€™ll don your tux enough that buying simply makes the most sense.
Owning also allows you to say yes to any last-minute formal event invites. Renting a tuxedo takes time â€“ you need to get measured, go in for fittings, etc. Itâ€™s quite the hullabaloo. The ease of simply pulling your get-up out of the closet saves you both time and stress.
So once youâ€™ve decided that, how do you go about choosing a tux and all that comes with it? It really comes down to personal style and how/where it will be used. For a more modern style, a subtle texture, like herringbone, makes a nice addition to a tuxedo shirt. Youâ€™ll also want a silk, all-black necktie, or, you can rock a bowtie depending on your mood. For the retro-inspired gentleman, the shawl-collar tuxedo might just be the way to go. And if youâ€™re out on the town on a chilly evening, a formal overcoat is a must-have.
Of course, seeing as how every man is different when it comes to personal style, weâ€™ve decided to give one tuxedo away from Combatant Gentleman and let you choose for yourself exactly what you want. Take a look at the tuxedo selection from Combatant Gent, follow @combatgent on Instagram, and in the form below, tell us which one youâ€™d go with if you were to win. Weâ€™ll randomly choose one lucky guy, who will then look dapper as heck this New Years Eve and for years to come.
Even if you donâ€™t win, youâ€™ll still save. Combat Gent is offering 15% off to AoM readers when you use the code â€œaomholidayâ€ at checkout. Offer is valid through 1/2/16.