Frequently Asked Questions for Prom

What are the latest styles for prom? back to top
You want to be stylish and cutting edge, but you also want to be able to look at your prom photo 20 years from now and not wonder, "What was I thinking?" We have three new styles to meet that requirement, and all have modern fit or slim fit sizes available. No matter your size or shape, there's sure to be a cut that makes the most of your assets and gives you the freedom and comfort to move.
First, check out the exclusive Michael Kors tuxedo, a jacket with a notch lapel, two buttons and side vents with flat front pants. Complement it with a matching vest if you like!
Or choose the new Allure by Jean Yves in Slate Blue. No satin lapel on this hot number. The jacket has self-piping trim, two buttons, flap pockets and side vents. You'll be the height of sophistication with the matching flat front pants and matching vest. It's not quite gray and it's not quite blue – it's an awesome blend of both.
If your date has her heart set on a classic style, check out Doni Barassi's Black Label. A single-button coat has a satin trimmed shawl lapel and no vents. It is irresistibly sexy with skinny flat front pants and a skinny black tie.
For more hot prom looks, check out our our "Build Your Tux" feature.
What is the price of a tuxedo rental for prom? back to top
When you trust Al's to outfit you on prom night, you're assured that you look fabulous whether you're on a tight budget or if cost is no object!
Tuxedos start at $57.99. Get our $40 coupon and use it on any rental starting at $129.99, bringing that cost down to only $89.99 plus tax and damage waiver.
Maybe all you need are pants, shirt and the tie that perfectly match your date's gown. A pants, shirt and tie package is only $49.99. Need everything but the coat? Get it all – shirt, pants, vest, tie and shoe for just $89.99.
How does a free tuxedo rental sound? If that's music to your ears, then listen up! Sign up to be an Al's Formal Wear Prom Representative. Get five friends to rent their tuxedos from Al's and get yours for free! See our formal wear consultants for the 4-1-1 on this amazing offer, since some restrictions do apply.
*Basic Collection is not included, and the orders must be placed at least seven days in advance.
Should my tuxedo match my date's dress? back to top
Yes – especially if she says it should! Actually, there are many ways to coordinate as a couple – you can go "matchy-matchy" by having your accessories – the vest or cummerbund and tie – match the color of her dress. Or if she prefers, you can stick with a neutral and let your date's dress color pop. Either way, you win in her eyes, and that's the most important thing.
My date says she can't decide between "fuchsia" and "chartreuse." Are those really colors? And how the heck am I going to match them? back to top
Al's Color Match™ ensures that there is the perfect match – if not several great options – to coordinate with your date's dress. Simply mouse over any of the 64 color swatches on the screen, and see the dizzying number of color coordination options that are available.
I just met a great girl, and I really want to take her to the prom, but it's this weekend. Is it too late? back to top
Never let anything stand in the way of the best night of your life, no matter how short the notice. At Al's, we never run out of tuxedos. Come on in – even if it's the day before – you’re sure to find something to make you look like a million bucks just in the nick of time.
When should I order my tuxedo? back to top
You should never worry about how late it is – Al's never runs out of tuxedos. But sometimes the most in-demand brands and styles get reserved early, so the sooner you can make your reservation, the more likely you'll get your first choice of style and color.
We recommend reserving your tux as soon as possible and at least three weeks in advance. But if that last-minute opportunity presents itself, we can outfit you even the day before the prom.
Here's a great time-saving tip: pay in full when you reserve your tuxedo and your pickup process will go quickly.
Do I need an appointment to reserve my tuxedo? back to top
Come on in – you never need an appointment. If you want to avoid the lines, Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be the best times to visit. You can also call the most convenient location for more inside info on when to come in.
How much of a deposit do I have to put down at the time I reserve my tuxedo? back to top
Al's makes it convenient for you to rent a tuxedo, depending on your budget and preference:
  1. You can pay $40 when you reserve the tux, and it goes toward the price of the rental; simply pay the balance when you pick it up.
  2. You can pay the rental in full at the time you reserve it. The advantage with paying in full is a speedy in-and-out process if the store is busy on the day you pick up your tux.
When should I pick-up my tuxedo for prom? back to top
The day before the prom is the ideal day to come in, try it on and make sure everything fits. If you put extra time in the gym before prom and the tux needs a little alteration, there will be time to do it.
Don't be "that guy" who leaves all your accessories in the dressing room after trying on your tux! Remember to grab them before you leave.
When should I return my tuxedo? back to top
Bring your tuxedo back to Al's the next business day. Make sure you remove personal items from all pockets, and don't forget to bring all the accessories as well as all pieces of the tux so you're not charged for them.
Store locations and hours can be found here: http://www.alsformalwear.com/store-locations.asp.
I can't find my cell phone. I may have left it in the pocket of my tux. Is it lost forever? back to top
We hope not! Sometimes tuxedos are returned with personal items left in the pockets, and if that happens, we turn them over to Lost and Found. We suggest you call Lost and Found at our Corporate Office as soon as possible: 713-791-1888 ext. 0.
Do you rent prom dresses? back to top
No. For many young ladies, a prom dress is a keepsake item, much like a letter jacket or class ring, and not something they're willing to wear and return!
How can I locate the store nearest me? back to top
To locate an Al's by phone, just dial your area code then 730-4-TUX.
To locate a store online, visit our Store Locator on our website.
Ok, I think I know everything I need to know about renting a tuxedo from Al’s. Got any advice for the big night? I’m a little nervous! back to top
The hard part is deciding what to wear, where to eat and what kind of flowers to purchase. Everything else should be a piece of cake! In order to be a perfect gentleman, make a great first impression on her parents and show her an unforgettable evening, follow these tips:
  • Pay attention to the tiniest details. Those dark pants and those shiny black shoes call for black socks, not the white gym socks you always wear. Smell nice, but don't bathe in cologne. You've paid attention to your hair, but make sure your eyebrows are under control and that you didn't miss a spot while shaving. And last but not least – check those teeth and pop a breath mint!
  • Make a good first impression and start the evening on a good note. Pick up your date in person and on time – ring the doorbell, exchange pleasantries, compliment her on how beautiful she looks, and tolerate the photo op with a smile and great attitude – she will appreciate that and so will her parents!
  • Dinner etiquette. It's simple: If the table is already set, begin with the utensils that are placed outside and work your way in, toward your plate, with each course. Make the OK sign with both your hands. Your left hand forms a "b" – that's where your bread plate is. Your right hand forms a "d" – that's where your drink should be placed. B for bread, D for drink! No elbows on the table, never divorce the salt and pepper, place your napkin in your lap and remember to reward your server with a good tip. 20% of the total bill is a good rule of thumb.
  • At-prom behavior. Your date is the most important person in the room. Be friendly with your bros but don't ignore your date.

For answers to other questions not listed above, use our "Ask Melinda" link on our web site.