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Look Great in Christmas Party Photos!

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If you’re going to a Christmas party this year, chances are someone is going to take pictures (posed or candid) so make sure you look great in any and all photos at the festive parties this year by following our advice!

If your party does not warrant a full suit , try a more casual look with jeans and a suit jacket, or jeans and a suit vest. Or, stick with nice slacks and a tie. You can piece out a suit (rental or purchased) to achieve many levels of great fashion with ease. Today we’ll talk about some general tips to keep you looking sharp in all photos this holiday season.

Get a fresh haircut. Chances are, you’ll be seeing some friends and family you don’t see very often. People may be coming in from out of town to see you and other loved ones, so spruce up a little, get those sideburns trimmed, and even out the back a little. Even a haircut at a cheap or bargain barber shop can help you look like a million bucks.

Keep shirts and pants wrinkle free. Nothing screams “I don’t care,” more than a wrinkled tie or suit pants with un-needed creases. If you fold your dress shirts and pants, iron those fold creases out before you wear them! Have them dry-cleaned if you must (especially if you lack an iron or the ability to iron clothing).

Try one piece of festive clothing per outfit. Ugly Christmas sweater parties are all the rage right now, but if you’re not going to one of those, do not overdo it on the holiday themed items. Stick to a tie, socks, or vest, not all three. Speaking of the “ugly Christmas sweater” look, please avoid the Ugly Christmas Sweater Suit that is going viral online right now. Just, don’t. Unless it’s an aforementioned themed party. Then go ahead and do it! Ask us and maybe we can bring one in for rental.

Do not over dress too much, and do not under dress. It’s ok if you spruce your outfit up a bit and go a bit above the dress code, but if it’s a casual party it is best to avoid a full tuxedo . If it’s a party that requests formal attire (like business-related events) then it might not be wise to show up in jeans and a sports coat. Read our previous blog about dressing for the event here.

Relax! It’s Christmas, just don’t fall asleep with your mouth open with a gravy stain on your shirt or tie and the photos will probably end up fine. Do something foolish after drinking too much egg nog and you might end up as a new meme via Facebook. Be comfortable, be fashionable, and smile; make these moments with your family count and all of the photos will be cherished.

For taking a Christmas Card photo, why not go a little extra fancy and make you and your family look the best they can with a suit rental (or a pieced out suit as previously mentioned) and a little extra care taken in the appearance of all of those in the photo. Make other families jealous of how perfect you and your loved ones look on the Christmas card!

 


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What You’re Saying With Your Winter Formal Outfit

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Guys, Winter Formal may be coming up at your High School (or College, whatever) so be prepared to look your best and impress all of the ladies—or be prepared to look like a fool if you don’t rent your suit or tux from Rose Tuxedo to look the best you can for this big dance.

  1. Full Tuxedo: Assuming it actually fits (like it will when renting from us), you’ll look like a super spy, celebrity, or just darn good. However, if you’re the only one at the dance in a tuxedo, you may look out of place—but at least you’ll look great. Avoid doing this if you’re going stag or with a group.
  2. Three Piece Suit: This shows that you understand fashion and you spent a little extra money for that third piece. It allows you to remove the coat while still looking extra-awesome. Some may view it as “trying too hard,” but your date won’t think so.
  3. Two-Piece Suit: Simple. Basic. Classic. You can’t go wrong here. Match your tie or shirt to your date’s dress and you’re a power couple.
  4. Suit that is too small: This looks like you bought a suit Freshman year and you’ve had a growth spurt. Don’t wear this. If you can’t move or breathe, or the world can see your elbows and calves, it’s time to donate it to a little brother or cousin.
  5. Suit that is too big: Hand-me-downs are a great way to save money, but not at the expense of looking like a little boy playing in his dad’s closet. Get it altered or save it for when you grow into it.
  6. Slacks and a dress shirt: This is great for a casual look (as long as all pieces fit, preferably with a tie added and nice dress shoes) but it also doesn’t look like you tried. If you want to impress the ladies, you better have some great dance moves if you show up like this.
  7. Slacks and a suit vest: This is a great alternative to the three piece (or even traditional 2-piece) suit. You may come off as a bit of a hipster, but you may also come off as suave and interesting. You’ll stand out, but you may get a little chilly—keep that suit jacket handy.
  8. Jeans and a dress shirt: You really look like you’re not trying. Or, like you’re trying too hard to not be trying hard—if that makes sense. This isn’t a middle school dance, class it up a bit, bro.
  9. Anything that doesn’t involve a dress shirt or slacks: Just don’t. You’ll look like you don’t care and it’ll be more impressive if you skip the dance altogether and go for a “I’m so over school dances,” attitude.

When you’ve got your date picked and she has her dress colors ready, coordinate and rent your suit, tux, or other options with Rose Tuxedo. Our prices can fit any budget and we’ll make you look (and feel) like a million bucks for the Winter Formal. Start planning now, guys! The ladies will appreciate an early invitation.


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Pilgrims Vs. Today: What Is Worn to Thanksgiving?

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We all know the stories about the First Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims and we all recognize the attire worn by those early settlers like the Pilgrims. Today we’ll look at just how far fashion has come and be thankful no one (hopefully) shows up to Thanksgiving dinner dressed like this guy (see Left).

To start with, a Pilgrim man often wore a felt hat (with a buckle in some interpretations). The next easily noticeable accoutrement is the Ruff. It looks much like the variations of ruffles and large white collars worn throughout history, mostly in paintings of royalty. This would get covered I gravy so fast, it wouldn’t be funny (ok, it would be) if worn today.

Slightly less awkward and odd is the doublet with cuffs. This is a fairly typical jacket of the time (also for quite some time before and after the Pilgrims) and it could be compared to a waistcoat or suit jacket. Some pilgrims also wore a vest and a long sleeved shirt if not the doublet.

Further down the body we find the Breeches, garters, stocking, and shoes. These breeches look silly by today’s standards but they obviously looked good to the Pilgrim women. While there are few comparisons between this style of pants and today’s modern suit pants, at least the color of the pants and jackets matched (with the shoes, too!), making the men look well put together. Today, men wear solid color jackets, shoes, and pants to the actual ankle, leaving the stockings to the women.

While the history of the suit ad tuxedo is long and convoluted, we can still see some similarities to the traditional pilgrim garb. Wearing a suit to Thanksgiving dinner will make you look and feel good, but it can also be a history lesson. Impress the friends and family (and in-laws) by comparing your suit pieces to the good ol’ fashioned Pilgrim attire.

If you don’t want to go the suit route (because gravy on your best suit, tie, or shirt is a definite no-go) then consider dressing closer to a traditional Native American the Pilgrims may have contacted (see Right). Replace the deerskin mantle with a suede shirt or jacket and the deerskin leggings with jeans or corduroy, and tie a piece of twine around your leg for the legging tie. You can also pick up a pair of moccasins at any number of shoe stores, as with a shell or leather necklace. Don’t forget a nice turkey feather accessory to keep it extra festive! If you must have some sort of fur robe for maximum authenticity, shop around for just any faux fur scraps. As for the knife, make it functional and bring your own turkey carving knife—festive and functional!

No matter what you choose, keep Rose Tuxedo in mind for all of your holiday attire needs. There isn’t a man alive who doesn’t look better in a high quality, well-fitting suit.


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10 Ways to Turn Your Winter Romantic Life from Cold to Steamy

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Be it a blind date, first date, second date, or 50th date, there’s always something you can do better. Whether you need to dress better, act better, or have better conversations there’s always something you can do to sweep her off her feet. Take this colder weather as an opportunity to woo your lady friend this winter. While Arizona doesn’t have winter like a lot of the rest of the country, it still gets a little chilly, so take these hints for those cooler nights out.

  1. “Because every girl’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man.” ZZ Top says is best. The better you look, the better she’ll look and the more jealous looks the two of you will get. Show up to her door (be it the bedroom door or front door) in a sleek, fitted suit and look like the man of her dreams. If this is the first date it’ll be a great way to impress her and she’ll ask for a date #2. If you’re an established couple it’ll remind her why she fell for you in the first place.

  2. Sweater Weather: As The Neighborhood says in their song, “Use the sleeves of my sweater/Let’s have an adventure.” Pair a suit jacket and slacks with a v-neck classy sweater and impress her with your fashion sense, and it’s a little toned down from a suit and tie. This is perfect for outside-dates.
  3. Sharing: Sure, you look great in your full suit, but if your lady gets a little chilly, put your blazer on her. Not only will it smell like you, but it shows you’re considerate.
  4. Festive ties: Use a Santa or Snowman tie to spark up a conversation. If you’re married to your date, wear a tie she picked out or the kids picked out last Christmas. A silly tie is also a great way to break the ice for a first date.
  5. Festive colors: Throw on a poinsettia-red tie or shirt, or a Santa-Clause red sweater. Or throw in some forest green like a Christmas tree. Keep it bold and a little holiday-appropriate.
  6. Bring the Winter to her: Whether she’s an Arizona Native or from a state where it snows, show her what winter can be. Take her ice skating, or find a ski slope nearby with artificial snow. Build a snowman. Buy some fake snow and give her a pair of gloves and a scarf and play in a winter wonderland.
  7. Fireplace and Fondue: Stay cozy in front of the fireplace and pull out some chocolate fondue and snuggle up with your sweetheart to make her melt into your arms.
  8. Decorate the house for Christmas: Buy some new decorations or bring home red, white, and green paper, glitter, and cotton to make some homemade decorations. She’ll love your crafty stay-in-date.
  9. Tell her you’ll make Christmas dinner: or at least help. Tell her this on a date and she’s all yours for the rest of time. Just don’t make a promise you can’t keep.
  10. Bring her to Rose Tuxedo: If you and your lovely lady are looking to get married (especially this Winter) take her with you to Rose Tuxedo and pick out wedding colors, pocket squares, and let her help pick out the perfect suit or tux for the big day. She’ll love seeing the vast array of colors we offer and we can match your apparel to the wedding colors of her dreams.

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How To Wear A Suit This Thanksgiving

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Wearing a suit to any family or formal gathering is a great idea: it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. If you have no clue what to wear to your own Thanksgiving family dinner or to the home of your spouse, girlfriend, or best friend you can never go wrong with a suit. If you know a suit will come across as snooty or obnoxious you could always dress it down. Or ignore the haters and wear it anyway because you look amazing in that suit, sir. Much like our post in September about the different ways to utilize a three-piece suit, you don’t always have to wear the full classic suit. You can use the pieces to your advantage and look your best and use the same suit for several Thanksgiving Weekend events.

                Here are some ways to wear your best suit to any Thanksgiving event this November.

  1. Full suit: Reserve this for impressing in-laws, bosses, coworkers, or strangers. Gravy is messy and you may spill something. If you wear a brown suit, gravy may not be a problem. Stick to earth tones with some accents matching the color-changing leaves. Maybe avoid the three-piece suit here and stick to slacks and jacket.
  2. Slacks and Vest: This look is always flattering and looks much more relaxed than a three-piece suit. It could be paired with a long tie or bowtie in colors matching the food or leaves of fall. Roll up your shirt sleeves and add some patterned socks with your loafers. Keep is casual but clean. Gravy-color clothes will only take you so far.
  3. Slacks and Sweater: This doesn’t technically require owning or renting a suit, but the right slacks are important. Pair a nice pair of slacks, a collared shirt, and a festive vest to look casual but put together. Keep the turkey turtle neck at home and stick to a sweater vest or V-neck sweater with an autumn color pallet. Reserve the tacky sweater for sitting at home eating your leftovers with your wife or girlfriend.
  4. Jeans and Vest or Jacket: For those family members and friends you’re more comfortable with, pair a nice suit jacket or vest with a clean, straight leg dark wash jean—no holes. This can be worn with a festive-colored dress shirt (with or without tie) with the suit jacket or a plaid button-down with the suit vest. The combinations are endless. Just keep it neat and leave the elastic waistbands at home. No one needs to see that.
  5. Utilize your boring business brown suit: Browns work great for Thanksgiving. Tweed, wool, or blends will look great. Pair it with a pop of color to grab some attention. If you arrive at a holiday party and you’re overdressed, you can always remove a layer and roll up your sleeves or remove your tie. If you’re underdressed, put the jacket back on and straighten your tie. If you are unsure of what attire the party will require, Put on a two-piece suit with a sweater and you should realize quickly what layers to shed. Or, simply ask. It never hurts.

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