Widow to Wife
Chapter 9: TUXEDO
by Renee Hansen Barnett
After last week’s episode of me waxing poetic over the vows to my beloved fiancé, I decided this week would still have to do with him, but we would err on the side of practicality….
What in the world is he going to wear?!
I mean, come on, we all know I’m going to wear white, and we all know my bridesmaids are wearing a color (still haven’t revealed that little tidbit, have I? Oh the agony of waiting….!!), but my man has an onslaught of choices to make for his dashing ensemble. Thankfully, Camarillo Bridal rents tuxedos and suits (shameless plug) and we can even bring a try-on for him to see how close to James Bond he can get. (Or Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber)
Proof he looks good in a tux comes from his 80’s Prom King costume this past Halloween:
Yes, that's a mullet.
I discovered last night that tuxedo-ing my man could be a little more difficult than we anticipated. You see, we went to the Ventura mall to find him a new shirt for our upcoming engagement session (Claire rocks, BTW….she does all of Cam Bridal’s photography and every image is gorgeous…she’s SO taking our engagement pictures). We thought, “How hard can this be? A collared shirt with a little brown and olive in it? No sweat!” Ah, but no.
Nick and Me. In photoshop.
My man is 6’6”. That’s halfway to seven feet. I’m no lithe petite little thing at 5’8”, but I LOOOOOOVE standing next to him because I feel practically waif-like. So, yes, Nick is tall, but he’s not BIG….those Big and Tall Shops are perfect for his height, but not his circumference! So finding a slim fitting shirt that’s long enough is proving to be a bit more difficult than anticipated.
Nick in 1987 before his senior prom. Bobby Leslie from "Guys Next Door" (1990) stole his look from Nick.
Thankfully, the tuxedo company Cam Bridal works with can fit ANYONE from a toddler size 2 to a 74 Long. Yeah, you read that right….a 74. Not long ago I bought Nick a shirt from the company because it was a SLIM fit but with a LONG length – perfect! If only the colors came in more than black, white, and ivory, we would be all set. But alas….
Yes, that's a Rolls Royce.
We are definitely thinking about a black tuxedo for our wedding as opposed to a suit or vest/tie/pant only combo . We are leaning more towards a slimmer fit and a long Windsor style tie. But what about the collar? Notch or peaked? Two-button or three-button? Flat front modern pants or slim? What color tie? AND WHICH OF THE SHINY BLACK SHOES?! Decisions, people.
Like any good bride I went to the Jim’s Formalwear website and decided to piece together things I thought would look nice on him. I don’t know if he agrees, but I have no doubt he is doing to make jaws DROP on our wedding day whatever he decides. (And do yourself and your man a favor…come see us at Cam Bridal to outfit your whole bridal party! You have choices and DON’T just have to go to another big box retailer that sounds like “Ken’s Hairmouse”. Besides, our prices rock too.)
I’m likely going to let Nick fashion himself because I want him to feel as stellar as I do on our wedding day. I know he’s going to do an incredible job – and I cannot WAIT to see him all gussied up waiting for me at the end of the aisle!
The earliest dressed up photo to be found...Nick and his little brother, Daniel.