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Gentlemen,

Long time lurker, first time poster. Can one rent a quality tuxedo in Washington DC / Northern Virginia, beyond the numerous Men's Wearhouses and Sarno & Sons? I was hoping for a better quality suiting, perhaps with Loro Piana wool, but I've had no luck. I contacted several local establishments, including Geoffrey Lewis and Highcliffe Clothiers, but they all use Sarno & Sons for rentals. I haven't been impressed by their selection; they don't even carry a waistcoat with less than five buttons! (https://www.sarnotux.com/index.asp)

Obviously, the long term solution is acquiring my own dinner jacket. I've had good experience with MTM at English/American in Westminster, MD (suggested by The Louche's many posts), and I believe a new trip to Elio is in order. Unfortunately, I still need something for next week, as I'm attending the Marine Corps Birthday Ball as a civilian guest.

If there's no other options beyond MW and Sarno, I may resort to this 1B, SB, PL Calvin Klein at MW: https://www.menswearhouse.com/webap...y_10051_12171_10601_10149_-1_12171_Base_10651. If anyone has an alternate suggestion, however, I would be most grateful.
 

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Thanks for the quick response - I missed your earlier post in my searches.
 

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I looked around when planning my DC wedding, and didn't find much. I don't think I checked out either of the places Taliesin linked, but I checked out five or six other places and they were all renting more or less the same cheap polyester crap that MW has. I ended up buying my own outfit on Ebay and let my groomsmen rent from MW, as it was most convenient for them.
 

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Orgetorix: I had the same experience - all the rental shops in town provide the same cheap goods. For last night's event, I ended up holding my nose & renting a MW 1B SB PL that, while unattractive, was at least proper attire.

Normally, I'd say, what's the difference? All all the other *civilians* looked equally off: ill-fitting rented prom tuxedos with colored bow ties and nine-button vests. But careless formal attire at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball was exceptionally unfortunate. Compared to the immaculate presentation of the Marines in evening dress (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PlateV_Evening_Dress.jpg), the civilians looked tacky.
 
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