The Event: Wedding at the famed Four Seasons Restaurant in Manhattan.
Dress: Black Tie
The wedding was planned for a Saturday. On a Wednesday I realized that the attire was black tie and I do not own a tuxedo, at least one that I would be caught dead in. I needed to solve this problem, and do it quickly. This I don’t believe, is an isolated incident for men in the prime of wedding season.
Okay, tuxedo options, this is not going to be pretty. I could always rent a tux, right? I’m gonna look good –- that guy with the beard guarantees it, right? No way, I can’t go the Men’s Warehouse route. Too much disgusting fabric. Too painful. Anyway, the timing did not allow for renting a tux. Not even close. Damn-you planning ahead. Then I realized that the best option for me just a few blocks away at the J.Crew Ludlow Shop in TriBeCa. Boom. Game changer. Even Mr. Impossible Cool agrees.
I walked in on a Friday, tried on a few different options. Picked out a jacket, selected the perfect pants and shirt and was ready to go in just about an hour. The tuxedos are all part of the cultish Ludlow fit program meaning they are slim and have perfectly modern proportions. All of the Ludlow stuff is sold as separates, which makes things incredibly easy from a sizing perspective. The game changing factor of buying a suit or tux from the Ludlow range is the fact that if the jacket ($525) fits you off the rack (which it did for me), you can select the pants ($265) with the appropriate waist and inseam sizing and then basically walk away without any tailoring work necessary. This was exactly my experience at J.Crew and the Ludlow Shop, which enabled me to procrastinate at a very high level while at the same time being incredibly productive and extremely well-dressed for what turned out to be an amazing black tie wedding.