SIKESTON -- While it seems that girls just can't start shopping soon enough for prom attire, the guys tend to be more relaxed and are just now starting to trickle in for tux fittings.
"Guys always want to wait," said Patti Goins, sales consultant at Joy's Bridal Shop. "But the sooner they come in here, the better chance they have of getting what they want," she added.
David Friedman of Falkoff's Mens Shop agreed. "They need to come in as early as they can," he urged, pointing out that a fair amount do wait until last minute. "It will reach a point where there aren't any choices and they'll have to take what's there." While he ensured that the tux would fit, it may not be the style the boy was wanting.
Guys also have a lot of choices. Friedman said that the company they use offers about 53 styles of tuxedos. "There's long coats, regular suit length, and some will be offered in colors as well," he said.
Boys tend to add color to their tuxes for two reasons -- to be unique and to match their date. "They all try and match the girl's dress with their vest at least," said Glenda Bridges, owner of Glenda's Bridal and Tuxedo Shop. This may be another reason why guys sometimes put off ordering their tuxes.
And color is available for the guys as well as the girls. "They have added a lot of color in the tuxedos," noted Peggy Barks, owner of Bunny Patch in Dexter. Falkoff's also carries colored vests, in addition to baby blue, light gray and burgundy tuxedos.
However, Friedman and Barks agreed that most guys tend to stick with the traditional black, silver, white, ivory and gray suits, while adding a colored vest and/or tie.
Just like the girls, guys can also choose accessories to go with their clothing as well, such as a hat or a cane. "It depends on the guys whether they get a hat," Friedman said. "Some of them will do a cane, but not very many."