Classic tuxedo remains preferred choice

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— The traditional tuxedo remains a popular fashion for weddings in Craig and Steamboat Springs.

"We have some different variations every year but not anything too far from normal," said Connie Lippold of Bushwhackers in Steamboat. "Tails sometimes get longer or collar styles change, but for the most part people stay with the traditional tuxedo in this area."

Bushwhackers and Loyd's Cleaners in Craig both order their tuxedos from Jim's Formal Wear. Jim's is also available on-line at www.jimsformalwear.com. They offer rentals from $49.99 up with the newest fashion trends as well as Western-style tuxes."You can rent anything from a suit to a very dressy tux," said Betty Barnes of Loyd's Cleaners.

Jim's has a special for ring bearers and with the rental of six tuxedos, the groom's is free.

"A lot of people don't have that many groomsmen," Lippold said. "But they can always include the fathers in the rental."

Since the local businesses are supplied from a larger retailer, they don't have much say in what styles are available, but Lippold said she has noticed some popular items this year.

"The Windsor tie is a getting more popular," she said. "Lay down collars are also a popular request."

Hems and Hers in Craig also provides tuxedo rentals for formal occasions in Northwest Colorado. Employee Joyce Swaney suggested that the bride and groom come in together to make sure that color schemes are going to coordinate.

"We get grooms who come in and have no idea what the color of the bridesmaids' dresses are," she said. "They'll say something like, 'uhh they're a blueish color' but we're going to have a hard time matching that."

Celebrations in Steamboat Springs provides customers options from Anderson's Formal Wear. Anderson is on-line at www.andersonsformalwear.com. Sandy Pugh said that Anderson's also provides group deals similar to Jim's Formal Wear.

"We rent a lot of Western tuxedos in this area," she said. "Longer tails have also become popular."

Pugh said there is a trend toward renting the retro look of a zoot suit. While most tuxedos have a similar look, Pugh said that vests can provide variation and creativity.

"The vests and cummerbunds come out at the reception," she said. "Normally the groom will have a different vest and then the groomsmen have something to match the bridesmaids' dresses."

All of the business interviewed expressed a need for at least a two-week notice for general formal occasions and a month in advance for weddings.

"If you are getting married in the spring around prom time, an even earlier notice is good," Pugh said. "Things get ordered up fast around that time."

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