The Tuxedo Shop at Tanorama

We rent men’s tuxedos and formalwear for all special occasions, such as proms, weddings, and black tie events. We carry designer labels, such as Calvin Klein, Jean Ives and Ralph Lauren. We have the classic traditional tuxedo with bow tie, pleated shirt and pants and cummerbund as well the modern tuxedos with the super 100’s lightweight fabrics and slim fit with colors from black and white to grey, tan, and navy. We also have the newer flat front pants and microfiber no pleated shirts. With hundreds of vest and tie styles and colors, we can coordinate with your wedding party or prom dress.

We take great care to fit you properly and guarantee the fit and your satisfaction as long as you come in for your final fitting. We can get you a great tuxedo if your event is months or only days away. We’re open 7 days a week, and most nights until 9PM.

Here are pictures of our tuxedos:

Tuxedo FAQ’s

Most guys will only wear a tuxedo a few times in their lifetime. Because of that, you might have many questions about tuxedos and tuxedo rentals.

Q: How soon should I reserve my tux?
A: As early as possible! The earlier you reserve your tux, the better selection you’ll have to choose from! Some of the hottest styles do tend to go quickly. This is especially true during prom and wedding season. We recommend that you contact us as soon as you know of an event for which you will need a tuxedo.

However, if you need a tux even as late as the day of the event, we can accommodate you. We maintain a certain number of tuxedos on site for last minute needs! Styles may be limited in this case.

Q: Do I need to make an appointment?
A: We recommend you schedule an appointment, especially if you are with a group, but it’s not necessary. Simply call either our Portland (775-3318) or Windham Locations (893-0903) to set it up. We are open lots of hours: M-TH 9am to 9pm, Fri 9am to 8pm, Sat 9am to 6pm and Sun 10am to 6pm.

Q: How much will a tuxedo rental cost?
A: Your price really depends on the actual styles you pick but we have tux packages to fit any budget. We offer the majority of our tuxes as a complete package, including shoes and all the accessories, without extra charges. There are some optional premium items for which we charge extra.

Q: When can my tuxedo be picked up?
A: The tuxedos arrive in our store the week prior to the event date. We will call you and have you come in for the final fitting to ensure a proper fit.

Q: What if my tux doesn’t fit when I come to pick it up?
A: Due to variations between manufacturers or as a result of body changes since the fitting date, some garments may need to be adjusted for proper fit. In some cases this can be done while you wait; however, a return visit may be required. If we need a completely new item, it will be in by 4:00pm the following day, at the very latest. This is why we schedule your pick-up and try-on for at least a day before the event – so we have plenty of time to take care of anything that pops up.

Q: When will my tuxedo have to be returned?
A: In most cases it is due back the next day before the close of business. If you cannot return it the next day, just let us know and generally we can accommodate your schedule.

Q: What if I’m going on a cruise or an extended honeymoon or vacation?
A: We offer one- and two-week rentals.

Q: Do you rent tuxedos for kids?
A: Yes, we have a full range of children’s sizes and accessories.

Q: Do I have to pay for the entire tux when I make the reservation?
A: No. A $50 deposit is required to place the order with the remainder due upon pick-up. The deposit is refunded when you return the tux.

Tuxedo Etiquette

Q: I recently received an invitation that stated “Black Tie”. Does that mean I have to wear a tuxedo?
A: Yes, an invitation that states “Black Tie” requires you to dress in a tuxedo. If the invitation states “Black Tie Optional” or “Black Tie Preferred”, the host is giving you the option, but you can expect it to be a nice event with most men wearing tuxedos.

Q: Does “Black Tie” mean I can only wear a black tie?
A: No, any formal accessories are appropriate, depending on the function. The words “Black Tie” on an invitation indicate that you must wear a tuxedo.

Q: What does “White Tie” mean?
A: The appropriate dress for “White Tie” would be “full dress tails” with a white wing shirt, tie, vest, and formal shoes.

Q: When is it appropriate to wear a white dinner jacket?
A: A white dinner jacket should be worn during spring and summer only (between Memorial Day and Labor Day) and should be worn to a semi-formal or formal event. A white dinner jacket is always acceptable when worn on a cruise.

Q: What is the etiquette for wearing tailcoats?
A: Tailcoats often referred to as “tails,” are the most formal of all formal attire. They are worn only after sundown, unless the event begins earlier but will extend into the evening. They usually require a white shirt, a white vest and a matching bow tie.

Q: What is a cutaway coat? When do I wear a cutaway coat?
A: Cutaway coats, also commonly referred to as “morning coats,” are worn during the day and are not to be worn after sundown. These coats do not have satin lapels and are available in black and gray.

The gray coat is worn with gray striped slacks and is the traditional attire for morning weddings. The black coat is worn with black tuxedo slacks and is acceptable attire for any part of the day.

Anatomy and Fit of Tuxedos

JACKETS

What style of lapel should I have on my jacket?
There are 3 lapel styles, notch, peak and shawl. All the lapel styles that we offer are classic, and can be worn to any black tie events. Lapel style is a personal preference. The notch lapel is by far the most popular.

Button Your Jacket!
During a fitting, make sure you button your jacket. If it produces an hour glass shape, the coat may be too tight. If it looks “boxy”, it may be too big. A properly fitted jacket will taper slightly at the waist.

Pay Attention to Your Shoulders…
The shoulder padding of your tuxedo jacket should not extend beyond the tip of your shoulders and hang down your arm. If so, your jacket is too big! Conversely, if a significant crease or roll appears below the jacket collar in back, your jacket may be too small.

How Many Buttons should be buttoned?
You should never button all of the buttons on your tuxedo coat! As a general rule, you should leave the bottom button undone. This rule applies if you are wearing a two, three, four or five button coat. If you’re wearing a one button style, however, you should button the one button!

Where do the Flowers go?
A boutonniere should be worn on the left lapel and tilted slightly outward.

PANTS

Do I need to wear a belt or are the trousers “adjustable?”
Belts are never worn with a tuxedo; you will find that most tuxedos trousers are manufactured with an adjustable waist. The adjustable waist trouser allows you to loosen or tighten the waist 1-3 inches. On a properly fitted pair of formal trousers, the waistband should be even with the gentleman’s navel.

The Pant Leg Should Break Where?
The perfect length pant leg breaks slightly on top of the shoe and angles a bit downward. To properly judge the fit of your trousers, you should wear your formal shoes when trying on your pants.

FORMAL SHIRTS

Is there more than one shirt style to choose from?
Yes. There are two, the winged tip collar (often worn with a bow tie but nowadays it is OK with a long tie), the lay down collar (bow tie or long tie).

How Much Shirt Sleeve Should We See Under the Coat?
Shirt sleeves should extend one quarter to one half inch beyond the jacket’s sleeves.

How should the Collar Fit?
A formal shirt collar should wrap smoothly around the neck. If you can slip more than one finger between the collar and your neck, your shirt is too big. If no fingers fit, your shirt is too small.

Do The Wing Tips Go On Top or Behind?
The tips or flaps on a wing collar shirt should sit BEHIND your bow tie; not on top of it.

Do I need to wear studs and cuff links with my tuxedo shirt?
Most tuxedo shirts come with both buttons and cuff links. Cuff links look nicer, but it is your choice. Studs are also provided but are only worn if you wear a bow tie and no vest.

VESTS OR CUMMERBUNDS AND TIES

Is black the only color allowed for the vest and tie?
No. Many men choose to wear a different color vest and tie. Some will select a color to match their dates/brides dress and others will choose a color and style to match their “mood” and/or personality!

Are the vests adjustable?
Yes. While vests do come in sizes, most have an adjustable strap on the back or one built into the body of the vest.

Should I wear a bow tie or a long tie?
It’s totally a personal preference. The more traditional tux included the bow tie and cummerbund, but vests are very popular now and can be worn with either a bow or long tie.

Rules for the Bottom Button of a Fullback Vest…
If your vest is a six button fullback vest, it is OK to unbutton the bottom button. This also keeps the vest from bunching when you sit down. If the vest has five or less buttons, all buttons should remain buttoned.

Cover Up Your Waistband with your Cummerbund or Vest…
Both cummerbunds and vests should cover the top waistband of your formal trousers when worn properly.

Fullback Vests Just Look Better…
If you think you may remove your tuxedo jacket during the reception, opt for a fullback vest. It’s a much cleaner, well-dressed look when your coat is off.

When to Wear Suspenders…
You may wear suspenders with a cummerbund. However, you should not wear suspenders with a vest unless you desperately need them to help keep your pants up!

SHOES

Do I need to rent shoes?
Formal Shoes Are The Best Choice… Always! Any old pair of black leather shoes are not appropriate with a tuxedo. Formal shoes are the best way to go!

What Color Shoes Do I Need?
Allow your pants color to dictate your shoe color. Black formal shoes and socks should be worn when your tuxedo pants are black. When your tuxedo pants are white, choose white. Likewise for ivory and brown. Be sure to wear the correct color socks, too. Black socks with a black tuxedo, white socks with a white tuxedo, ivory socks with an ivory tuxedo and brown socks with a brown tuxedo.

Are there different styles of Tux Shoes?
Yes. There are two predominate types of Tux Shoes. There is a “pointed” or round toe shoe and a “square” toe shoe.

Wedding Questions and Answers

Q: Who usually selects the wedding tuxedos?
A: The bride and the groom. The specifics of your wedding concerning style, formality and time of day will affect your decision.

Q: Should all tuxedos match for a wedding party?
A: Yes, it is traditional that all men in a wedding party wear matching tuxedos. However, many brides prefer to have the groom wear a different style or color tuxedo. The groom may wear a traditional coat with neutral accessory colors while the groomsmen’s accessories might match the bridesmaids or the theme color(s) of the wedding. Often couples will choose to have the same jacket and pattern accessory for each member and use the color of the vest and tie to distinguish roles.

Q: Who pays for the tuxedos?
A: Typically, each member of the party will pay for his own rental.

Q: Should the wedding party wear vests or cummerbunds?
A: This is a matter of personal preference. Currently formal vests are much more popular than cummerbunds, so we recommend that your party wear vests. Additionally, vests have a more “finished” look than cummerbunds and tend to look better when gentlemen remove their tuxedo jackets during the reception.

Q: Who should wear a tuxedo at my wedding?
A: A good rule of thumb is to have all the men you want in your wedding photos wear tuxedos. Obviously the groom and his attendants should be in tuxedos, but you should also consider other family members, including fathers, brothers and grandfathers, as well as the ushers.

PROM TUXEDO FAQ’s

Q: What if I’m going to more than one prom?
A: If both proms are the same weekend, for the same price, you can wear that tuxedo. You could get a different shirt and vest and tie for the second prom. If so, you would pay a little extra for that. If the second prom is the very next weekend, you can also keep the tux but you would pay 50% of the rental for the second week. If there is a week or more between the proms, you would have to return the tux and order a second one. We would give you 20% off the second one.

Q: How do I know what color vest and tie to wear?
A: Ask your date what is the color of her dress. You have a couple choices – you can either match the dress color, or you can coordinate with the dress color. Black, silver, platinum, charcoal, asphalt, champagne, white, and ivory are usually safe bets to go with any dress.

Q: Should I wear a cummerbund or a vest?
A: It really depends on your preference. Vests are increasingly popular choices. Just be sure that you do not wear them with a double breasted jacket. Unless you’re purposely going for a “retro” look, a cummerbund might look antiquated.