Our New Gray Tuxedo Coming Late Summer 2013

ADDENDUM: The availability date of the Aspen and Dillon has been confirmed. The coats will be available for rental from your Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer for all events on August 24, 2013 or later!

Certainly the hottest tuxedo color for weddings and proms right now is gray. We are experiencing an overwhelming response to our existing gray tuxedo styles, the Savoy and the Steel Gray. Such a great response, in fact, that we are preparing to add a new gray tuxedo and suit to our rental line in the very near future!

Models Jay and Christina take a stroll in the rain as Jay shows off our new gray tuxedo, the Aspen. Notice how great the tux looks with a purple Windsor tie.

The tuxedo has been designed and so has a companion suit. The tux will be called the “Aspen” and the suit, the “Dillon.” A matching gray vest will also be available to accompany both. The shade of gray for the new tux and suit will fall comfortably between the lighter, heather gray of our Savoy and the darker shade of our Steel Gray tuxedos.

Are you thinking colorful accessories are going to look good with these gray coats? So are we. As we were preparing for the photo shoot, we saw a number of great color combinations come together. A wide variety of colors from our extensive fullback vest program will complement these gray styles nicely…

As you can see by the images posted here, our photo shoot for the new gray tux and gray suit has been completed. In fact, we accomplished a full day of shooting just this past week at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

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A colorful setting complements our new gray tuxedo, the Aspen.

No pun intended, but we had gray skies the whole day and a few bouts of rain to chase us indoors. Luckily, we had a colorful setting inside one of the garden’s temperate houses and we captured a number of great shots that will ultimately become catalog pages, posters and used for other marketing purposes.

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A model’s job is hard sometimes, isn’t it? Jay and Christina create an eye-catching photo for our new Gray Tuxedo, the Aspen…

The Aspen and the Dillon will be available for rental from our national network of retailers late Summer 2013! Keep visiting our website and our Facebook page for more announcements about these cool gray coats…

Herringbone Fullback Vests: Make Your Wedding Colorful!

Choosing the color palette for your wedding is a very important first step in the planning process. After all, the bridesmaid dress colors, the flowers, the decorations, the invitations and all the details match and are reflective of your color and theme. This, of course, also includes the tuxedo accessories worn by your groom and his gentlemen!

We understand. It’s a great experience to attend a beautiful, well-coordinated, well-planned wedding.  And it matters to us and to our nationwide network of retailers that you want those colors to coordinate. So, when it comes to selecting the most popular colors for our newest vest program, we are very careful to be aware of the hottest and trendiest colors.

Speaking of, our newest fullback vest program is Herringbone, developed under our private designer label, Stephen Geoffrey.

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Shown here in the color Malibu and with a bow tie, the Herringbone Fullback Vest Collection is the newest addition to our accessory lineup.

Our Herringbone Vest Collection is available in 22 carefully selected colors. Each fullback vest may be worn with one of three coordinating ties: a Bow Tie, a Solid Windsor Tie, and a Striped Windsor Tie.

One of the neatest features about Herringbone is the coordinating, colorful back of the vest. Love your color? Well, should your gentlemen decide to remove their jacket during the reception, they will look fantastic draped in your wedding’s color!

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All Herringbone Fullback Vests are tailored with a colorful, coordinating back which doubles the color!

Much emphasis is placed on the color accuracy of each vest. Brett Bircher, the National Director of Dealer Relations for Jim’s Formal Wear, spends countless hours with our vest manufacturer going back and forth on each swatch strike off. Swatches of the popular bridal (and prom) dress colors for the forthcoming season are gathered and comparisons are made. Our chosen manufacturer for the Herringbone Collection is Larr Brio and they are incredibly responsive to our requests.

Who benefits from all of this effort? Jim’s Formal Wear does because we add colors to our line that are chosen for popularity. A Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer benefits as well, because they can have offer the colors their customer is looking for. But ultimately, the group that benefits the most is the bridal couple, who is our main focus throughout the entire process. With Herringbone, you’re going to find a color for the gentlemen to tie your entire event together!

Tuxedo Rentals: As Easy as 1-2-3. Really!

We’re not kidding… renting a tuxedo for your upcoming formal affair is a very easy process, easier than you might think! You’re starting at the the right place. Jim’s Formal Wear is the preferred tuxedo source to over 5000 retailers nationwide and the largest supplier of men’s formal wear in the country. What that means to you is there is likely a retailer very close to where you live. We’ll mention more about our Nationwide Network of Retailers later.

O.K., let’s get into the simple steps of renting a tuxedo…

STEP 1: Create Your Tux.
The very first thing you want to do is create your tuxedo. Our website offers a number of methods to do this. You can simply browse tuxedo and accessory styles by visiting our Tuxedo and Accessory pages. When you find a tuxedo or an accessory item you like, you can do something as simple as print the web page and bring it to your nearest Jim’s Retailer. Not sure about that style? You can like or share the page/image on Facebook and Pinterest to solicit your friends’ opinions.

However, for a much more fun way to build a tuxedo, you can use our interactive Tuxedo Builder online application which can be launched from the top of our home page - or – from any number of tuxedo or accessory collection pages. Simply use the app to walk through the process of choosing each component of your tux including your tuxedo coat, pants, shirt, fullback vest, tie and formal shoes. When you come to the end, you can save the tuxedo ensemble to your Fitting Room for future review, start over, and build another style.

If you think you have your tuxedo built the way you want it, the Tuxedo Builder allows you to send the details of your personal tux to your chosen JFW retailer. The advantage will be less time spent in store perusing styles in our catalogs. However, your created tuxedo is not an absolute and you can change your mind at any time along the way!

Are you short of time and want to choose your tux from your mobile device? If you happen to have an iPad or iPhone, you can download The Tuxedo Builder apps and enjoy using them on your favorite Apple device. Learn more about getting them – for FREE – here.

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The Tuxedo Builder: Create your tuxedo with these Free Apps for your iPad or iPhone.

STEP 2: Visit a Store.
Your next step is to locate and visit your nearest Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer. If you have not chosen a tuxedo before you enter their store, not a big deal. These experts are aware of the latest trends and the hottest colors in formal fashion and will help you make choices based on the event you are attending.

Your Jim’s Retailer will ask about your event, its date, and will instruct you when to visit the store to try on your tuxedo for a fitting. We, at Jim’s Formal Wear, and our Retailers want to make sure your tuxedo fits well, flatters your appearance, and makes you feel good wearing it. Before you leave, they will take your measurements. Leave that process up to them; taking your own measurements and having them be accurate is virtually impossible.

STEP 3: Pickup. Enjoy! Return.
Finally, your tuxedo will arrive at the store and your retailer will notify you. It’s a good idea to try the tuxedo on in-store to make sure it is perfect. And then you’ll be on your way…

All that’s left is for you to enjoy the admiring glances and compliments you receive about your formal look! It’s our job to create the Ultimate Formal Wear Experience for you and together with our Nationwide Network of Retailers, we will.

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If you thought renting a tuxedo was easy, it’s even easier having a blast while wearing one!

When your event is over, simply put the tux back on the hanger with all of the accessories and return it to your retailer the next business day after the event.

We have an additional page in our website dedicated to the simple process of tuxedo rental and you’ll find it right here.

We told you it was easy!