How to Make a Statement at a Formal Event

Have you ever wondered how good you could really look if you tried your absolute best? Formal events are the ultimate time to show off your best attire and make a statement in a room full of people. How do you feel about going into formal events? Are you excited to bring out your fanciest suit and tuxedo?

If the answer is no, then please keep reading. Whether it’s a gala, black tie event, or a wedding, it is important to look good, but more importantly feel good. We believe the better you look, the more confident you are, and the more you will enjoy yourself at these events.

This is the one time a year for most people to go all out and really surprise their relatives, friends, and coworkers.

The Luxury Suit

A good suit isn’t something you just bring out once or twice a year, but rather once or twice a month or more depending on your job attire. A high end suit is important in a man’s wardrobe, because believe it or not, it is very versatile.

A suit isn’t only worn for formal occasions, but can easily be dressed down. You can dress down a men’s suit, simply by adding a pair of sneakers (yes, you read that correctly), and a crew neck sweater underneath for these upcoming fall months.

However, to no surprise at all, the suit can just as easily be dressed up. By accessorizing it fully, with a tie, bowtie, or ascot in addition to a lapel pin and pocket square, you’re looking sharp in no time.

We have high end men’s suits from all around the world, that not only will make you look more luxurious and sophisticated, but the chances of another man in the room looking just as good as you do are very slim.

Why pay luxury prices if you aren’t making head turning impressions?! Am I right?

Tuxedo Rental

Now if you are going to a black tie event, or a formal gala, even the nicest most luxurious men’s suit, won’t cut it. Black tie events and black tie weddings, are strictly tuxedos only. Maybe this is your first ever black tie event, and you aren’t even sure where to go about finding a tuxedo.


Let’s start with the decision to rent or purchase a tuxedo. If this is the first black tie event you’ve ever gone to and potentially your last, then the answer is to rent. Why have something pretty expensive just sitting in your closet.

At Blaine’s Fine Men’s Apparel, we have the option to rent or purchase a tuxedo. By either coming into our store in downtown Montgomery, Ohio or ordering online, we have an interactive tool that allows you to build your tuxedo from scratch.

We make it easy for you to find the perfect tuxedo, you have the option to choose your fit, your color, and your style of tuxedo. After you choose your tuxedo, you then choose a shirt, a tie, a vest, and a pair of shoes and you are set for your black tie event! Could it be any easier than ordering it all in one spot at one time?

And for those of you who don’t like making style decisions, come talk to our stylists or give us a phone call and we would be more than happy to guide you through that decision process.

Tuxedo Purchase

If you’ve rented tuxedos in the past, and have ended up needing one more than you thought you would, or you just would rather own something if you are going to pay for it, purchasing a tuxedo is another great option. Purchasing a tuxedo is definitely an investment item, but one worth while.

If you have to wear a tuxedo pretty often, owning the tuxedo will get you more bang for your buck in the long term. Owning a tuxedo also allows you to attend black tie events more spur of the moment. You don’t have to make sure you order one far enough in advance and then worry about whether or not it will fit you properly before the event.


Speaking of fit, if you purchase a tuxedo, we offer made-to-measure services. Made to measure allows you to pick out the fabric, lining, and details down to the buttons of how you want your tuxedo.

Tuxedos are designed to fit you like a glove and the more accurate the fitting is, the more formal your tuxedo will be. Ordering a made to measure allows you get as close as you possibly can to the accurate fit for your body and then alterations will do all final touches to make sure the suit looks like it was designed and custom made for your body (which is was).

So yes, purchasing a tuxedo may come with some sticker shock, but if you wear them pretty often, or you just have the funds to make an extravagant appearance than go for it! You won’t regret it, especially if you purchase one from Blaine’s.

Men’s Formal Event Tips

Whether you decide to rent or purchase a tuxedo, a tuxedo is a sure way of dressing appropriate for an event. If you are in between a suit and a tuxedo, we recommend following the saying “it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed”.

You never want to be that guy that tried to get away with a black suit, when the dress code called for a tuxedo.  When in doubt, head to Blaine’s Fine Men’s Apparel and well take the best care of you, while making you without a doubt the best dressed man in the room (unless the other men came to Blaine’s too).