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Boston Area's Best Places To Rent A Tux

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If you're in need of a tuxedo, then there has to be a special event on your horizon. But of course, that's the dilemma. Tuxedos are a large purchase that you probably will only wear a few times in your life. Before splurging on a tux that might fit you for your prom but be badly out of style or sized wrong for your wedding, consider a rental. A good tuxedo rental shop can outfit you for the big day in an affordable way.

Classic Tuxedo
85 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 424-7707

There's a reason why Classic Tuxedo is such a Boston-area favorite. The shop offers incredible deals on tuxedo rentals. Always check its website before heading into the store. You'll be amazed at the always changing offers you can find here. From 50 percent off your tux rental to a free photo booth to use on your big day, these little extras are what make Classic Tuxedo stand out. And while Classic Tuxedo may have expanded into several new locations, it has managed to maintain that same high level of a small boutique customer service. Expect a professional fitting and prompt service.

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140 River St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 547-2455

There's no way you can talk about renting a tux in Boston and not mention Keezers. The shop has been around in one form or another since 1895 and there are a couple of really great reasons for the longevity. First off is selection. The shop has thousands of new and used tuxedos and suits to rent or buy. The second is the customer service. The salespeople don't just give you a curt nod as you walk in the door and then leave you to your own devices. Expect a professional measuring and fitting, both important to get a perfectly fitting tux. And last but not least is the price. You will be blown away by how affordable renting or buying a tux is at Keezers.

Main Event Tuxedo
10 Grant Ave.
Burlington, MA 02474
(781) 229-6200

When it comes to renting a tux, where most people go wrong is the fit. Either they are mis-measured, not measured at all or the tux is sent out of house for tailoring and comes back all wrong at too late a date to be corrected. Main Event Tuxedo neatly does away with these issues simply by staffing its store correctly. It doesn't have sales people that are there to push the most tuxes possible. Main Event's tuxedo experts will be sure to get every measurement correct. And Main Event Tuxedo keeps its own in-house tailor on hand to ensure a perfect fit. On top of this, the shop offers a full tux at one price. Unlike many chain stores, you won't be expected to pay extra for things like vests and shoes.

Allan's Formalwear
594 Blue Hill Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02121
(617) 427-8930

Allan's Formalwear has been a family owned and operated business since 1967. But don't let that make you think it doesn't have a superior selection of tuxes like the big name national chain rental places. In fact, you'll probably find that Allan's has higher quality suits and a wider selection of designer tuxes than almost anywhere else in the city. Throw in custom pricing for wedding parties and same-day service if you need it and Allan's is a winner no matter how you look at it.

Russo's Tux and Limousine
320 Revere Beach Parkway
Cheslea, MA 02150
(617) 889-1004

Talk about one-stop shopping. There may be some formal events where you just need a tuxedo for the night and nothing else. But for all of those other formal events, there's Russo's. Not only can you get fast and friendly service from the sales people, but you also get to select from over 3,000 suits and tuxedos so you can be sure you're getting the right style and the right fit for your occasion. Then to top it all off, Russo's can also rent you the transportation you need for your big night out.

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Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at

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