Wedding Tuxedo (credit: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
Assuming that the tuxedo you did or did not wear to your high school prom just isn't your go-to wedding attire, it may be time to shop. If you know more about wetsuits and jeans than penguin suits and cummerbunds, you may be in need of some professional guidance on renting, tailoring or buying a wedding tux, and don't overlook the men in your wedding party, too.
3 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level
San Francisco, CA 94111
The name says it all. With 10 rental styles from $130 to $150, you'll look sharp (and smell good) and keep your wallet flush for other outgoings. Consider shawl collar or notch collar, white pique tie or bow tie, single breasted with pique lapels and plenty more to choose from. If your best man or groomsmen are looking for help, measurements can be sent online so that a tux is waiting in San Francisco rather than carrying one back and forth for the wedding. Buy or rent, men rave about this place.
1546 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
If Lan's didn't actually exist, you might think someone had dreamt the place up. Besotted clients call Lan a cross between a magician with a needle and a fairy godmother. She has been known to fix disasters created by fire, theft, late flights and measurement mistakes, possibly saving several wedding days in the process. Buy or rent a tux or morning suit, accessorize with the color vests, silk squares, ties, cravats, cummerbunds or bow ties or ask Lan to make something from scratch.
395 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Come here if you're serious about looking amazing and spending the money to achieve the best look you can get. Proprietor David Yahid is also a designer with a lifelong career in the business, so he's perfected his eye and it's sharp. Find a gallery of grateful client wedding photos online to get a glimpse at the finished product, from informal to formal, for the whole wedding party. P.S. These brides look pretty pleased with their grooms as well.
842 W. El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Remember the good old days when the friendly salesman assisting you with suits wore a measuring tape around his neck? They're back! Want lifetime alterations? Just ask. Look for the red, white and green sign above the front door; it's your first indication that you're entering the world of fine Italian wool suits. The word on the street is that Peter is a master tailor and a kind-hearted one to boot. Prefer to rent? Peter and Roberto can help.
375 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
No discussion of good quality menswear in this town in complete without Wilkes, who has earned himself a place on Esquire's international best-dressed list since 1972. In the city since 1966 and at Stanford Shopping Center since 2001, the Mitchell Family merger preceded a refurbishment and expansion of the Union Square townhouse in 2012. So, if you're not attending an appointment with a Savile Row tailor when they next breeze into town, consider bespoke or off-the-rail duds from Wilkes Bashford. Regarding sticker shock, well, if you've saved up from birth, you're good.
Laurie Jo Miller Farr loves walkable cities. A tourism industry professional and transplanted New Yorker by way of half-a-lifetime in London, she's writing about the best of the bay and beyond for Yahoo, USA Today, eHow, and on Examiner.com.
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