Why You Should Buy Your Formal Wear Used

Why You Should Buy Your Formal Wear Used

It’s smarter to buy your tuxedoes, hats, cashmere sweaters and other more formal items second-hand whenever possible. As men’s clothing blog Put This On explains, it’s not just because it’s cheaper, but because second-hand formal wear is often better quality than new.

Jesse Thorn writes about seven items that make sense to buy used. Many items are the stuff of weddings, formals and other events that most of us will only encounter a few times in our lives. That’s a good reason alone not to hurt your credit card, but Thorn points out that you’ll probably get more use out of used goods:

Formal Wear Unlike most men’s styles, formal wear has remained largely static since it was codified at the beginning of the 20th century. That means that if you can find a conservatively-styled tuxedo from almost any era, it will be right at home today. The bonus: it’ll probably be better-made than all but the finest new equivalents. With a bit of diligence, you can find a great tuxedo for a hundred dollars or less.

What second-hand finds have improved your own wardrobe? What else would you recommend buying used?

Seven Things Better Bought Used [Put This On]


  • “second-hand formal wear is often better quality than new”

    So, I can now sell all the formal wear I own at a higher price than I bought it for, as it has increased in quality through the process of me wearing it…?

    This is fricken awesome!

    • Read the article – older formal wear was hand made – not the cheap, poor quality gear that is machine made today. If you bought new formal gear, then it’s still new formal gear.

  • Honestly, I’d agree with everything else but the formal wear.

    My tailor though just buys ties and cuff links in bulk and gives them out for free whenever I pick up a shirt. (I realize not everyone can do this, but if you do have a tailor, it’s worthwhile to ask)

  • I bought a tuxedo jacket at my local op-shop for $9. Had only been worn a few times and I had a choice between a few types.

    I’d say it’s MUCH better than spending hundreds on a piece you’ll only wear once!

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