The Tuxedo: As If You Needed an Excuse

After 37 years of life, and 10+ years in menswear, here are my conclusions on a dinner jacket/tuxedo:

  • Every gentleman should own one; renting is for high school prom. Call me a snob.
  • Once you own a tuxedo, you find opportunities to wear it. You actually look forward to invites that include “Black Tie Optional.”
  • Inevitably, you will be invited to a once-in-a-lifetime event that requires a tuxedo or dinner jacket, and you will not have time to rent or buy, and you’ll miss out unless you have one hanging in your closet.
  • It is a conversation starter anywhere you go. Strangers will ask about the occasion to which you can answer whatever you like.
  • Given a half-dozen or so uses a year, and assuming no major changes in your body shape (+/- 3″ in the waist), your investment ends up lasting a decade or more if you buy a timeless silhouette.
  • Lastly, what are you? A farmer?

Of course, you can purchase a tuxedo or dinner jacket from just about any men’s store. We have a few off-the-rack, but to date, most of our formalwear orders have been made-to-measure which, to be honest, is the way we prefer it. The tuxedo is so standardized that the opportunity to make minor customizations – peak vs. shawl collar, satin vs. grosgrain, black vs. midnight blue, etc. — is a major benefit to ordering one custom-made.

To sweeten the deal for members of the club at Wingtip who invest in a tuxedo from us, we are instituting two perks that we can safely say are totally unique in the menswear industry:

  • Free cocktails on any visit to the club when you a member is wearing their Wingtip tuxedo, and
  • A lifetime free ticket to our annual Frank Sinatra Holiday party (value: at least $150/yr)**

Stop in any time during the store’s operating hours to browse our options of models, fabrics, and makes, but for dedicated attention, make an appointment by emailing

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Wingtip Founder & CEO, Ami Arad is the quintessential modern gentleman. He has distinctive taste, an eclectic style, and dresses for every occasion. Ami developed his vision for Wingtip at a young age; even back in high school where four years of speech and debate meant weekends wearing a coat and tie, he was in his element. Years of working in upscale men’s clothing stores and socializing in cigar shops, coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit, inspired Ami to develop Wingtip, a men’s specialty store and private social club.

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