Renting or Buying Your Suit, Guys
Fellas, Grooms and Groomsmen - this one is for you. Time's have changed and there are more Casual Fridays than there are Fabulous Fetes to attend. Many of us show our style in ways that don't meet the guidelines for "fancy." That said, we celebrate milestones, we get married, we go to other people's weddings, we apply for jobs, speak at conferences, and those moments call for something a bit more formal.
Why Buy a Suit?
Buying a suit may feel like a big outlay of cash in the beginning, but if you find yourselves in any of these scenarios, it's worth a second thought. Do any of these apply to you?
1 - Your social calendar is filled with parties, big events and special occasions.
2 - Your job requires you to look professional - beyond the khakis and golf shirt look.
The first two reasons above are targeted most especially to those in their 20s and 30s. There is a period when you are going to graduations, formal gatherings, weddings, and job interviews at a rate that boggles the mind. Renting a suit again and again (and again!) can get costly. Buying a beautiful suit that can be worn to all of these with ease is a superb investment.
3 - You are hard to fit in off the rack, tailored clothes.
4 - You are ready to invest in yourself.
These next two obviously lean to the more personal side of the decision. If you have trouble finding clothes that fit - especially structured and tailored clothes - then buying a suit that fits YOU is worth it. Suit rentals have come a long way in terms of cut, size and shape, but nothing says "mine" like a bespoke suit. Secondly, you deserve to own something that makes you look like you care about how you are perceived. First impressions still matter and a guy in a suit looks like he's trying, like he's serious and like he has something to contribute.
1 - Your wallet said "NO."
2 - You need something quickly.
3 - You are still growing.
4 - The event calls for it.
5 - You prefer versatility in your styles.
The first four are of a similar kind - in other words, renting in these situations has to do with simply not being ready to buy or not finding it necessary.
If your finances cannot support purchasing a suit, rent.
If you need something for an event and you're out of time, rent.
If this is for prom and you are still growing, rent.
If you are a groomsman at a wedding, rent. Groomsmen need to match in most cases, so wearing your own suit often won't work.
A final reason to rent is versatility of style. If you're a guy who likes to make a statement - but not The Same Statement again and again, you should consider renting. You can show off your personality or choose to rent something that suits (pardon the pun) that specific occasion. There are a lot of styles out there and you could have a lot of fun and learn a lot about what styles work for you by going the rental route.
Regardless, Bridal Traditions has a robust menswear collection through JFW and we have been an Elite Dealer since 2007. If you are interested in renting or buying, we've got you. Come see us.