The top 5 stores to buy a vintage tuxedo in Toronto
The top stores to buy a vintage tuxedo in Toronto present the perfect solution if everyone you know is getting married, and you're bored of that grey suit you've had in the closet for 10 years. Nothing says you know how to clean up like a tuxedo, and having the sartorial savvy to snag a vintage one is even more impressive. But this is a trend to be taken seriously. Go a little too wild, and you'll likely be bombarded by Dumb and Dumber references.
Here are my picks for the top stores to buy a vintage tuxedo in Toronto.
This shop on Queen West is a haven for brides-to-be looking for beautiful and unique gowns for themselves and their bridal party. Cabaret hasn't left the men out of the equation, though. They usually have about a dozen full tuxedo suits and tuxedo jackets from or inspired by the '20s through to the '60s in stock, some of which are made in house. Prices can reach almost $600, and if that makes you uncomfortable, think about how much the bride is spending on her outfit.
Kingpin's is strictly a menswear store, and that means they have a few more vintage tuxedo options than your average, along with contemporary designerwear and accessories. Their motto is "Learn to dress like a grownup. It's better." And what better way to look like a proper grown man than wearing a tux? Kingpin's usually has between 20 and 30 in stock, ranging from the Victorian era to contemporary, and their blog will teach you how to wear your new tux right.
Kensington Market should probably be your first stop on the hunt for a vintage tuxedo, and Exile would be a great place to start. They've been in business for over 30 years, and they've got a pretty vast selection of retro duds, including tuxedos from the '50s through to the '80s. They keep a few out on the floor, but ask about what's in the back and you might get first dibs on a few more.
This gem of a vintage store is on the opposite end of Queen St. from all of its peers, but don't let that deter you. Amongst the impressive collection of gowns, posters, quilts and gadgets, Gadabout has roughly 15 full tuxedos to choose from, along with about 50 separates, and they're always bringing more in. If you're really ready to commit to the vintage, they even have a few tuxes from the teens and '20s.
This store has two sister stores in Kensington Market - Flashback II and King of Kensington. They're all within a stone's throw of each other, and each is chock full of great vintage finds. Right now, Flashback has about six tuxedo jackets on the floor, and some of those have super fancy tails. Usually, they have at least a few tuxedos, so check back often - new stock is brought in at least twice a week.
Did I miss any? Leave your favourite sources for vintage tuxes in the comments.
Photo via Cabaret Vintage on Instagram.