The Quest for a Tux, Part One

Hive, I am marrying a sharp dressed man.


Us at the Sparkler wedding!


Company Christmas party, 2011.


Company Christmas party, 2008. I may have tanned a bit too hard for this one.

If you can’t tell, Wolfman is pretty tall and skinny and, thankfully, has a really good sense of what works for his body. He “has a guy” who tailors his clothes, and he isn’t afraid to rock a skinny jean or a sweater vest. Also, cue Dionne from Clueless—he does like to shop. We’re planning on going black tie for our wedding, and Wolfman decided to buy something instead of renting. There’s a lot of great options for rentals, but he knew he’d want to get something tailored and have every option available.

Well, turns out he certainly has exercised every option available. Wolfman’s quest for his wedding day attire has rivaled my search for a dress. He’s finally made a decision, but it’s taken awhile to get there.

First, a confession: before this search, I knew nothing about tuxedos. This isn’t really something to be embarrassed about, because, spoiler alert: they’re mostly regular suits! The biggest difference in the lapels:


(Graphic via Groom Groove)

Wolfman didn’t favor one style over another, but his first try was this suit:


Wolfman nixed any dressing room photos (Suit via Zara).

Although not officially a tux, it is definitely “fancy” enough. It was inexpensive and we both really liked the piping on it. Zara, being a European company, has “European cut” clothes, which usually means that they’re tailored more for a skinnier fit. It looked great on him, but the material wasn’t as nice as he was hoping. Unfortunately, he couldn’t return it, so we’ve still got this hanging around. Related: anyone need a size 38R black suit?

After that, he started to really get into the idea of buying a forever tuxedo—something high quality and classic he could wear a lot and thus would be okay spending some money on. He was really close to getting this one from Barney’s:


(Tuxedo jacket by Barney’s Co-op)

With a classic shawl collar, it really flattered him. He even brought his parents to Barney’s so they could check it out, but he ultimately decided against it.

Up next”¦what he finally went with!


Mrs. Gray Wolf

Washington DC
Wedding Date:
February 2013
Inspiration from Versailles
All the Pretty Dresses
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  1. unicycle Member
    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 9:20 am

    you guys are both very stylish! And WHERE did you get that dress for the Sparkler wedding? It is insanely cute!

  2. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:35 am

    I’m with Uni! That sparkly dress is to die for!

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    Jen, Guest @ 9:40 am

    I have the same question! Love that dress!

  4. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 10:31 am

    @Jen: @Mrs. Treasure: @Mrs. Unicycle: aww you guys are sweet! the dress was AMAZING and it’s a rental! one of the best rentals i’ve ever had – only $50 to rent.

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    elibas 245 posts, Helper bee @ 11:13 am

    I also wanted to know about that dress, its amazing!

  6. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:58 pm

    You two are super stylish, you are both going to look great at your wedding!

  7. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:07 pm

    Suit shopping with Mr. PaC was actually enjoyable and I did learn a few new things too. (He let me take pictures. Probably because I suggested it would help him make an objective decision by seeing his choices side by side.)

  8. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 7:24 pm

    Ugh honestly I have no idea what we are going to do about Mr. C’s wedding wear! I don’t even know where to start. But your man is VERY well-dressed! So handsome! I agree with Mrs. Pony — you guys are going to make one stunning couple on your big day!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 9:19 pm

    I am in love with your outfits!

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    stuffwithscout 61 posts, Worker bee @ 5:26 am

    Thanks for posting about this! My FI just decided that he wants to purchase his tux too. We’re trying to figure out the best way to make this happen (and not force all his groomsmen to have to buy something to match!) Can’t wait to read the rest of this story!!

  11. misssparkler Member
    misssparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 7:22 pm

    You guys are hot. That’s all. I’m pretty excited to see what Wolfman picks.

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