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Best Places to Rent a Tux in Washington, D.C.

June 17, 2014 8:00 AM

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A closeup of US President Barack Obama's tuxedo during the Youth Inaugural Ball at the Hilton Washington in Washington, DC, January 20, 2009. Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president earlier in the day. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

A closeup of US President Barack Obama’s tuxedo during the Youth Inaugural Ball at the Hilton Washington in Washington, DC, January 20, 2009. Obama was sworn in as the 44th US president earlier in the day. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

That special day will be here before you know it, and you need a great tux. But you haven’t rented one in years and you have no idea about the best place to go. Besides, a tux can sometimes feel so cookie-cutter, and not a real reflection of your personal sense of style. Not to worry; this list has done the legwork for you. Here are some of the area’s top places to find the tuxedo and accessories that suit you best, and allow you to shine.

Lustre Formal Wear
311 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-0002
www.lustreformalwear.com

Lustre Formal Wear offers a wide selection of designer tuxedos with rentals available within one hour, and even provides tuxedo pick-up and delivery to your hotel or office. To help suit your budget, Lustre gives group, wedding and student discounts. The shop also conveniently keeps your measurements on file for future use so that only minor tweaks are needed. Lustre’s weekday evening hours and Saturday hours make it convenient for your schedule.

Tuxedo House
2135 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
(410) 252-6220
www.tuxedohouse.com

Considered Maryland’s largest supplier of formal wear, Tuxedo House is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1910. The shop has a huge inventory of more than 10,000 tuxedos in various styles by top designers, so you are sure to find one that perfectly fits your personality and personal sense of style. A selection of accessories will polish off your look. Tuxedo House also has an online ordering form that allows out-of-town patrons to have their formal wear needs met.

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The King’s Contrivance Formal Wear
8640 Guilford Road
Columbia, MD 21046
(410) 381-0619
www.kcformalwear.com

This purveyor of formal wear boasts more than 30 years of experience, and only requires a $20 deposit for your tux. Whether you’re in need of formal wear for a black-tie event, prom or wedding, you can walk out with your outfit on the same day—although it’s always best to plan ahead. This shop also offers handmade suits, sport coats and slacks in a variety of fabrics. You can even schedule an appointment for them to come to your home or office.

Lucas Tailor & Tuxedo
1520 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-7108
www.georgetowntailortuxedo.com

Lucas Tailor & Tuxedo is really a one-stop shop for your formal wear and wardrobe needs. For the past 25 years, the business has provided customers with tuxedo rental, custom tailoring and dry cleaning services. Aside from providing the very best in tuxedo styles, the shop also offers a host of other services including shirt and blouse laundry, shoe repair, gown cleaning and preservation, and even drapery, blanket and quilt cleaning. There isn’t much that Lucas Tailor & Tuxedo doesn’t do.

Classic Tuxedos
171-A Neff Ave.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 433-9966
www.classictuxedos.net

With a large in-stock selection of tuxedos, this shop allows you to see the exact tux that you’ll be sporting at your special event. Classic Tuxedos has specialized in formal wear since 1985 and is considered one of the top purveyors of formal wear in the Shenandoah Valley. To accommodate your budgetary needs, Classic also offers periodic tuxedo discount coupons on its website that can be printed out and redeemed at the store.

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Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..
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