Men’s Wearhouse Tuxedos Are Bad
I think it’s natural for many couples to think David’s Bridal dresses and Men’s Wearhouse tuxedos when they plan how to outfit themselves and the bridal party. After all, you generally want everyone to match with one another and with the color theme of the wedding. On a side note, I didn’t even know color theme is an important issue before I got engaged, but apparently it is! Anyway, both companies try to leverage their national presence and advertise effectively. In addition, Men’s Wearhouse also communicates the idea that it is really easy to go into their store and get all your wedding tuxedos coordinated and tailored in one place. But in my opinion, Men’s Wearhouse tuxedos are just bad, and their prices are not a good deal.
To be fair, I’ve never actually rented a Men’s Warehouse tuxedo or suit, and I have zero interest. I did, however, do a fair bit of research when my fiancée and I were thinking about renting suits from there for the groomsmen. If you are still interested in hearing my advice after reading that disclaimer, then read on.
Men’s Wearhouse Negative Reviews
Basically, if you Google a term, such as, “Men’s Wearhouse tuxedo review,” you’ll get a bunch of reviews saying their experience was mediocre or poor. What I thought was useful, however, was this article giving a thorough analysis of Men’s Wearhouse tuxedos. One of my favorite quotes include the following:
In addition, the pants are sized to fit three waist sizes, so assume that you’re getting pants up to two sizes too big in the waist that are taken in by elastic bands down to your size.
Men’s Warehouse will only adjust the break of the pants and hem them up when you go to pick it up. They will not taper the pants! This was a disappointment for several of us, who really could’ve used a taper on the legs. I seriously had a foot of extra fabric around my thigh area.
Shirt: The dress shirt is 100% polyester — basically, you’re wrapped in plastic. Also, the top button isn’t a regular button, but rather a button designed to allow the collar size to stretch larger, making it really awkward if you have a skinnier (rather than larger) neck.
Tie: The tie is essentially a clip on. Imagine a pre-tied bowtie with an adjustable collar, except with a regular necktie on the front. This shocked me more than the pants.
When I commented on the clip-on tie to the clerk at the Men’s Warehouse, he excitedly responded, “Yeah! We make it super easy for you!” No kidding.
Jacket and waistcoat: No surprises here. If you sized down, you’d be all right. I didn’t need my sleeve length adjusted, so I wasn’t sure if they offered that service, but they might. But I doubt they’d tailor in the sides for you, just as they wouldn’t taper the pants.
The jacket is rather heavier in weight and fully lined. I took the liberty of opening up the front pockets, whose seams were still sewed shut. Overall, these elements fit the best.
Shoes: The shoes were Joseph Abboud, shiny-black (patent?) leather (or faux leather?) with rubber soles. If you have your own shiny-black oxfords, then I’d recommend wearing those instead. You’ll be more comfortable, plus it’ll look nicer.
Ok, so the pants don’t fit well yet Men’s Wearhouse won’t fully tailor it for you, the shirts are made of uncomfortable polyester, and the shoes don’t look great. What else could be bad? It’s not just one review; I saw several reviews refer to Men’s Wearhouse pants as “parachute pants.” Here’s another negative article with the title, “Renting a Tux from Men’s Wearhouse: Tux Rental Experience = Lame.”
Men’s Wearhouse Prices
The price of a tuxedo rental from Men’s Wearhouse can vary tremendously depending on which style, brand, and additional accessories you want. For most of their tuxedos, it seems the prices range from the low $100s to the low $200s. This price is assuming the $40 off coupon below is already applied, which means an average rental will probably cost you around $150 or so.
As mentioned, if you sign up for their mailing list, Men’s Wearhouse will spam you with their special limited-time offer, but don’t be fooled. The offer for $40 off every tux and a free rental for the groom after 5 paid rentals is basically always ongoing. It sounds like a decent deal, but it really isn’t. First, you need to have five groomsmen to get the “free” rental. Secondly, all the promotion really does is shift the burden of cost from the groom to the groomsmen. Last but not least, when you think about it, do you really want to pay $150 or maybe more for a bad-quality, one-day rental when you can spend roughly the same or slightly more money on a brand new suit?
The Main Point
I will admit Men’s Wearhouse does have one big positive, which is ease of use. They are everywhere so if you have groomsmen from all over the country, it is really easy to pick out a tuxedo and have them go to any Men’s Wearhouse store in the country to get fitted. Having a large presence also makes for an easy rental return. In addition, every aspect from their clip-on tie to their many-colored vests make it seamless to put on the clothes and match.
But is that really worth it? The clothes won’t fit you well, they will be uncomfortable, and you and your groomsmen won’t save any money really. So you may be wondering what your other options are. In the next post, I will talk about why I think buying is a better alternative and what exactly I did for my groomsmen.
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