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5 Celebrity Transformations: Suits Vs. Street Clothes

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Robert Downey Jr.

downeyThere’s almost nothing that can make this man look bad. Even when he isn’t Iron Man, he’s still basically Tony Stark. Throw a suit on him and he could pass as a business professional, philanthropist, and lady killer. No suit and he still looks awesome, but he could just as easily be working out or working on someone’s car. While his suit selection is sometimes wild and unusual, the classic black and white or blue and white will always be a classic. Even in a suit he lets his personality shine through and doesn’t often take himself too seriously.


Here is another man that never looks bad. Some may say that Usher in a shirt and Usher in a suit are equally attractive, and most women would wholeheartedly agree. Not all of us look amazing shirtless, but most men do look great in a suit, and our friend Usher is proof of that. Jeans and a casual button-down shirt versus a suit shows a world of difference. The man can even look amazing with a bow-tie that hasn’t been tied. Proof that men can look smooth and fresh even while dancing in their best suit.

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Kimmelkimmel and timberlake

We have a picture of both Timberlake and Jimmy Kimmel because lately, they seem to be an amazing pair. Between Timberlake’s music career and Kimmel’s talk show and comedy, they could continue to be a fantastic duo. These two men are handsome, funny, smart, and seem to be very down to earth guys who can laugh at themselves. Put them in street clothes and they could pass for old college buddies at a bar or reunion, but put them in suits and they look like a power house team that belongs on television. Maybe there’s a reason Jimmy Kimmel is usually seen in suits . Justin Timberlake, like some other men we’ve talked about today, almost never looks bad but in a suit you can tell he is no longer the little guy in N*Sync but he’s a grown man with grown stuff to do.

Ellen Degeneres

ellenThis funny lady is proof that anyone can pull off a suit, or at least some suit pieces. She’s often seen wearing more of a men’s style suit than the classic women’s “pant suit,” and it’s become somewhat of a signature look for the comedian. On her show she often wears sweaters, sweater vests, jeans, or a suit vest but some could argue a full suit looks amazing on her. Even with a pair of sneakers on the look is flawless. Maybe it’s the short hair and the thin body type, but Ellen is not the dress type, but she sure can turn heads when she gets dressed up for an award show or a photo shoot.

What we’re trying to say here is: you may not be a celebrity, but even celebrities look better in suits (or at least suit pieces) so come by Rose Tuxedo for all of your suit rental and purchase needs to start looking like the movie star or musician you want to be!

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10 Costume Ideas with Suits and Tuxedos!

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Halloween is fast approaching! We already discussed how to use a suit to look and feel like a super spy, but today we’ll throw out some ideas for a Halloween costume that will make you look amazing and be of a higher quality than those Costume-In-A-Bag rip offs! High quality and better fitting costume ideas are here with Rose Tuxedo Rentals!

    1. Super Heroes: Toss on a Superman shirt under your shirt and suit and unbutton the shirt just enough to let the logo shine through. Or, put on the suit and tell people you’re Batman when he’s not being Batman. It can also give you a good excuse to leave a conversation early by saying “My city needs me!” and showing your super hero shirt underneath and dashing away.
    2. Sterling Archer: The FX show Archer features a spy who sometimes doesn’t know what he’s doing but manages to be hilarious and successful anyway. Rent a black suit and tie and carry around a drink or flask at all times, slick back your hair, and you’re Archer.
  1. Slenderman: The hit horror video game features a faceless being in a black suit and tie. Simple and terrifying for those who have played the game!
  2. Barney Stinson: NPH in his classic suit attire on the hit show How I Met Your Mother is the perfect costume idea. Who doesn’t look amazing in a suit? Be a lady killer and be dressed up for Halloween at the same time.
  3. Office Zombie: Rent a basic, boring suit and pop on some zombie makeup and walk around like your leg is broken and you’ve got the perfect costume for the office party!
  4. Blues Brothers: Get your buddies together and rent matching suits and carry around guitar cases and live your dreams of being one of the infamous Blues Brothers, just don’t forget the hats and sunglasses.
  5. Men in Black: Speaking of sunglasses, fashion up one of those memory-erasing devices and get a classy suit and run around talking about aliens—even better if someone’s at the party dressed as some being from outer space!
  6. Anthropomorphized Penguin: Everyone says penguins look like they’re wearing a tuxedo. Use some face paint or get a mask and you will be the best dressed penguin at the whole party.
  7. Psy from Gangnam Style: Blue suit jacket with black trim and black slacks and you can run around doing the Gangnam Style dance and be the hit of the party. The song may not be going viral anymore, but bring that back!
  8. Steam Punk: Rent a three-piece suit or just the pants and vest and spruce it up with some Steam Punk gadgets (homemade or store bought) and pop some metal goggles on a top hat and watch the ladies swoon! This is done best with dark browns with leather and metal accents.

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How to Avoid Over or Under Dressing

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Renting a Tuxedo or Suit will usually impress anyone (especially the ladies) but sometimes it’s hard to gauge when to dress in a full tux, a business suit, or casual clothes. Today we’ll give you some guidelines so you’ll know when you need to come to Rose Tuxedo for your rental needs. Dress codes can get confusing, we’re here to help.

Full Formal: Usually means guest need to rent attire for the event.

  • Daytime: morning dress, tailcoat, vest.
  • Nighttime: white tie.
  • Usually reserved for highly formal award ceremonies, diplomatic events, etc.
  • Not often done unless in a wealthy upper class social circle and event.
  • Not usually done with weddings or parties.

Semi-Formal: People confuse this and formal all the time, also usually requires guests to rent attire.

  • Often times when people say “formal,” they actually mean “Semi-formal” nowadays.
  • Daytime: stroller (not understood commonly, may need to make notes in invitations)
  • Nighttime: tuxedo with black tie.
  • Done for rarer events like weddings, not regular events.
  • Make sure your tux fits well and is altered where needed, stress a solid black theme—bright colors are mainly for Proms.

Business Dress: Matched suits! Some rentals may be required.

  • Dark, solid (or pinstriped) suits are the safest bet, usually with a white dress shirt, basic tie, and black leather oxfords.
  • Daytime: You can probably get away with a lighter gray or a dark brown suit.
  • Invitations that do not specify “business” dress but simply state to wear a suit and tie will allow guests to play with color a little more.
  • Church affairs, light-hearted events, nice meals, etc.

Business Casual: Fewer people will need to rent, but not everyone owns the pieces.

  • Suit jackets are not required, but often desired, but the pants are not expected nor required to match.
  • Collared shirt with slacks or khakis encouraged, often worn with navy blue blazer (but colors can vary).
  • It is also acceptable to wear sweaters or dress shirts sans blazer or sports jacket.
  • Safe bet: jacket and tie (easier to remove pieces if you seem overdressed)

Casual: Everyone’s favorite.

  • Neckties are not needed, but a more casual (but nice) jacket can be worn without looking out of place.
  • Jeans are acceptable, but dark fitted jeans in good shape are expected.
  • Collared shirts (like polos) and nice shoes (loafers, leather shoes, etc.) are not required, but will look the best.
  • If they bothered to send out actual invitations, wearing a t-shirt and ripped jeans with flip flops will not cut it.

“Optional” attached to dress code type: This gets confusing.

  • Say your host puts “black tie optional” on the invitations, this means what it says, but it still has expectations.
  • Guests are encouraged to wear stated “optional” dress, but not required. This allows an event to seem less formal while retaining a level of class. This allows guests to avoid renting a tux or suit (or buying one, for that matter) if they wish to just go with something less formal.
  • It’s encouraged that guests meet closely to the suggested attire, but not go above it (business dress optional would mean you wouldn’t go rent a tuxedo, or “black tie optional,” doesn’t mean you have to rent a tuxedo, but a nice suit would be appreciated).
  • See also: preferred.
    • This allows guests who can’t meet the suggested “optional” or required dress code to feel comfortable

When in doubt, (no dress code listed, or confused about phrasing) ask around. Ask the host, ask other guests, take into consideration the date, time, season, and importance of the event. Chances are, a birthday party will be, at max, business dress while a wedding is likely to require, at minimum, business dress (depending on your relation to the bridal party). Rose Tuxedo has all your suit and tux needs, so give us a call.

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How to Get the Most Out of a Suit

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After a little research, anyone can figure out when it’s appropriate or expected to wear either a suit or a tuxedo. Many, however, do not fully comprehend the usefulness of a complete tuxedo or suit within a wardrobe. For example, one three-piece suit in a basic color (Black or charcoal gray for example) can be used in at least six different ways, such as:

  1. All 3 pieces: This is a strong, bold look, especially when paired with attention grabbing colors like reds or burgundy. The tie and pocket square should match, or at the very least be of similar shades. Black leather belt and shoes in great condition, accompanied by a black leather briefcase or a style of bag make great additions. Maybe even add a watch with black leather, or metallic for an extra-noticeable statement.
  2. Two (main) pieces: Wearing the jacket and pants (accompanied with a long tie and collared shirt) is timeless. It makes a less bold statement than the three-piece variety, but it still commands respect and attention when all pieces fit properly with matching accessories. Accessories can be colorful, while others prefer a black-and-white look head-to-toe.
  3. Vest and pants: This look is classy, stylish, and vastly under-used. The vest or waistcoat should fit closer to the body than the jacket, so it may need extra tailoring or close attention to the adjuster in the back(especially when worn sans jacket). This look has a tendency to make a man look slimmer. One possible downside to this look is the attention which must be paid to the shirt. Color, cut, and condition must all be noted, and all accessories must compliment the shirt and vest. When in doubt, white shirt with black suit-pieces never fails. This look can be completed with bow ties (or long ties, but who doesn’t love a good bow tie?), a pocket watch chain, patterned socks, and leather shoes.
  4. Waistcoat without suit jacket or pants: This is one huge reason men should invest in a good three-piece suit. Throw on a dark wash jean, loafers or semi-dressy shoes, a semi-casual collared long sleeve shirt, and a tie can make any man look fantastic. This is great for those nights out on the town without looking over-dressed but reminding everyone how amazingly stylish you are. The glory of this idea is that comfortable jeans can be paired with any color or pattern of shirt (or tie), because a black vest will go with nearly anything. Dress it up, or dress it down, but always leave the bottom button unfastened.
  5. Jacket only, leave the slacks and vest behind: This look can be done in so many ways. A great fitting suit jacket can class up any outfit, even jeans and a t-shirt. Test out different materials for pants and add a nice pocket square or handkerchief for a dash of color and fun. No need for a tie and fancy watches or clips, leave it a little on the casual side and impress everyone around you.
  6. Pants only: A good pair of slacks can be worn with nearly anything. Take that jacket off and put a sweater or a sweater vest over that boring collared shirt and enjoy casual Friday at the office! Throw in your brown loafers if you feel a little crazy—just be sure to pair something else with brown tones in to bring the entire outfit together. Have fun with colors and patterns and materials. Who said wearing slacks is boring?

There’s no reason not to own a three-piece suit. If you don’t believe us, come by and rent one for a few days and play around with the other elements in your closet. Once you realize how amazing you look and how great everyone else thinks you look, you’ll come back begging for us to help you pick out at least one three-piece suit of your own!

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Ladies! How To Convince Him To Wear a Tux or Suit!

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How many women have tried to get their men to dress appropriately to an event only for them to whine long enough to force you to let them wear their slacks and ill-fitted sports coat? Men can be very stubborn, we all know this. Today we’ll discuss how to get your man to wear something proper.

  1. If he cares about you, he’ll do anything for you. Let him know how much it would mean to you for him to wear a suit or tux (depending on the event). Don’t get pushy or whiney, but be confident in your decision. Tell him how handsome he’ll look and that you wouldn’t mind a little arm candy at your sister’s wedding. A little ego-stroking can go a long way.
  2. Be subtle. If you blatantly tell him that his current suit doesn’t fit or isn’t appropriate for the event there’s a chance he’ll just get mad or defensive or he’ll just get generally hurt. Let him know how great he’d look in something different. “You’d look great in this suit,” is more effective than “you can’t wear the suit from your high school graduation, you’re 30.”
  3. Don’t be pushy. When he’s eventually trying on proper attire, let him know what looks good. When he’s trying things on, don’t be afraid to let him try on something you didn’t pick out. He may know his physically attractive traits better than you think and he may surprise you by picking out the best suit in the place. While he is probably perfectly capable of picking out a good suit (especially with help from the associates in the store) he will appreciate your help, honesty, and compliments. Try on different things, but don’t force 12 different suit-jackets on him in the dressing room.
  4. Give in a little.If you want him to wear a tuxedo but he honestly doesn’t care for them, it won’t be the end of the world to let him pick out a wonderful suit. If he doesn’t want to wear a bow tie, you won’t burst into flames if he picks out a matching neck tie. If he truly doesn’t want his shirt or tie to match your shoes and sash, maybe decide on a classic black/white combo or something that compliments your attire.
  5. Don’t be afraid of getting it tailored. Many rental places will help create a custom-fit for a suit or tux and anything you purchase can be altered as much as you want. Every man is built differently so if there’s something that doesn’t quite fit perfectly, it can be easily fixed. If the funds are available, take your man to a tailor to ask about custom-made pieces. He will feel like a million bucks because the piece or entire outfit is literally made for him, and who doesn’t like feeling special?
  6. Baby steps. If it’s his first time dressing in such attire, don’t throw him in the deep end. Start small. If you don’t need the entire outfit immediately, start with trying on a couple different outfits or maybe even piece-by-piece over a period of time. Don’t be afraid to let him explore on his own.
  7. He is not a child. He is a grown man who should be able to figure out what looks best on him. Chances are, he was reluctant because he doesn’t want to spend money or he doesn’t realize how big of a deal the event is. Let him know respectfully your thoughts on the matter and he should realize how important said attire is and be eager to please and look his best, no matter the cost.

If money is an issue, rent the tux. If money isn’t an issue, rent the tux. Renting a tuxedo or suit is never a bad idea. Rose Tuxedo offers too many styles to count and if you like what you rent, you can buy it (or at least something close, and definitely something you can get tailored). Contact us today for the best suits and tuxedos for weddings, proms, parties, and more.


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