“Everybody’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man,” but renting a tuxedo can be a daunting matter. There are many factors to consider when deciding which tux will look best on your body. How many buttons on the jacket? Vest or cummerbund? Bowtie or tie? And what about tails? Style experts at Baltimore’s best places to rent a tux are here to answer all these perplexing questions so that you can put your best foot forward!–Melissa Dahne
2135-37 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093
A multitude of sports memorabilia greets customers at the Tuxedo House. As the official formalwear store of the Baltimore Ravens, Tuxedo House has everything a man needs to step out in style. The shop delivers an unparalleled personalized fit, in addition to on-site alterations and competitive prices. You’ll find Tuxedo House is one of Baltimore’s best places to rent a tuxedo, with its extensive selection of on-site inventory. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (May 1 through June 10).
825 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204
This national chain retailer offers a large selection of tuxedos for men and boys. If you’re fashion challenged, Men’s Wearhouse specializes in pre-styled looks to help you get inspired. The store’s experienced consultants will help you with every aspect of the tuxedo rental process, including selecting the appropriate style for your body type, taking your measurements and tailoring for the perfect fit. Men’s Wearhouse also offers accessories, shirts, shoes, vests, and cummerbunds to complete your look. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
1605 Sulphur Spring Road
Halethorpe, MD 21227
Voted “Best Bridal Retailer” in 2009, Lily’s Bridal caters to both in- and out-of-town customers. The store’s tuxedo rental prices include the shirt, tie, vest and jewelry. You’ll find a great selection of famous brand names, including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Claiborne. For bridal parties, Lily’s offers a package deal in which the groom’s tuxedo is free with five paid rentals. Hours: Monday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday.
Stella’s Bridal Fashions on the Avenue
3309 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Stella’s Bridal has been in business for five decades and was even featured in John Water’s 1988 film “Hairspray.” The store’s current owners continue a tradition of personal service and a commitment to quality. With a vast selection of top designers in stock and a knowledgeable, unpretentious staff that will help you find the perfect fit, Stella’s is one of Baltimore’s best places to rent a tuxedo. Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; third Sunday of every month, by appointment only. Closed on Wednesday.