Indochino Review: The Midnight Blue Tuxedo

Monday, November 26, 2012


Indochino Midnight Blue Tuxedo Review
Indochino Midnight Blue Tuxedo - available for $449
Sorry, it took me a while to get this review up. Not so much because of the text, but my photographer was out of the country for a while and just got back to me with the photos now. Anyway, just in time before the Black Friday Deal ends. 

The Tuxedo was something really new for me. Over here in Europe, we don't usually wear tuxedos much. You wear them for the grand Opera ball in Vienna (actually you don't, as I found out in the comments) and other society events that I usually don't (or rather never) frequent. Still, I thought a tuxedo might be nice to have, you never know and I thought it'd be interesting to many of you - seems it's much more widely used in the US and Canada.

I didn't want to go for a standard black one, so I thought the Midnight Blue Tuxedo might be a good alternative. I also went with the all the classic bells and whistles - shawl collar, slit pockets, no vents.  I also got the working sleeve buttons, with the last button matching the lining (burgundy). For the shirt, I decided for the studded Starched at Casino Royal Shirt ($99). It needs a couple of studs and as I had ordered the shirt with cuffs, I just went for the Tuxedo Cufflink Set ($59) to get all I needed. 

Indochino Midnight Blue Tuxedo Review

The bow tie was a bit of a challenge. Indochino only had the pre-tied one in black and I thought I could do better. The only one that I thought was acceptable is the Charcoal Wool Bow Tie, but to be entirely honest, the colours do clash a bit. Getting the bow tie to look acceptable was another issue - I really underestimated that. I also realised I need new shoes if I want to wear the Tux properly. I settled for a pair of plain oxford Mantorii ($309) as they now offer patent leather as well and currently run a Black Friday Sale for 20% off - will take 4 weeks before I have them, though.

Overall, I think some of the customisation options were a good idea, others not so much. I feel uncomfortable without vents, even if it seems to be the standard. I think one vent (Bond) should just work better. Not sure if the contrast buttons on the sleeves are a bit over-the-top, but that's ok. I actually like the slit pockets, the shirt's really good too. 

Indochino Midnight Blue Tuxedo Review
Would Archer approve? More importantly, would Lana? 
As for the suit and the fit: It's very good overall, but it's not as perfect as I hoped it would be. The important parts are all good - shoulders and jacket length is perfect. The minor issues are nothing a local tailor can't easily fix, but I don't really know why the fit is any different than on my suit before. I need to investigate a bit and see if and how my measurement profile changed. The jacket sleeves seem a bit too wide, I'll have them slimmed down. Pants from the knees down have a bit too much fabric for my taste as well. 

The colour is really great though. Needs good light to come out as blue, but it has a really nice subtle sheen (95% wool, 5% cashmere) and it's not the standard black. So that's a choice I am very happy with. I hope the colour comes across well in the photos.

Info: Many people have asked about the possibility of having the lapels all satin. Below please find the official response from Indochino on that issue. Thanks to Dan for sharing it below in the comments.
"Since the release of Skyfall last October, we’ve had a LOT in interest in an all Black Satin Lapel to our Essential Midnight Blue Tux. But unfortunately it is not available with an all satin lapel at this time. The lapels are available with Satin-piping only. I’m sorry that we are unable to assist in this regard. (I’d like one with an all black Satin lapel too!). All Satin lapels are available on our Essential Dinner Jacket Tuxedo and Essential 3 Piece Tuxedo."
To get back to my suit, overall, I think there are not many things that can go wrong with an Indochino purchase for me. My measurements are pretty much done, I still change around very minor things sometimes and it seems Indochino does some changes or at least it's never 100% the same. But overall, it's really just click and order for me now. I can also tell that they are improving constantly, it's not always the obvious things, but having proper Bemberg lining, nicely done shoulders etc. is just really really a good sign and I am sure there is more to come. 

Indochino Midnight Blue Tuxedo Review
It actually seems bluer here because of the strong light from the side.
You can get the Indochino Premium Midnight Blue Tuxedo for $649 right here:
Indochino Midnight Blue Tuxedo or if not available, check out the full Indochino Tuxedo lineup.

Indochino Midnight Blue Tuxedo Reviewed by Lorenz Loidl. Rated: 9/ 10 (Excellent) A Tuxedo should be part of every man's wardrobe. The midnight blue tuxedo is a great alternative to the black ones.

29 comments:

Lorenz said...

"...it's not as perfect as I hoped it would be.....I don't really know why the fit is any different than on my suit before.....Indochino does some changes or at least it's never 100% the same"

WHY??? I'm glad you are finally dealing with the consistency issues that have plagued IC since the beginning. I thought this new electronic cutting thing would stop this, but there still seem to be issues!

I just got a remake with adjustment for a dreaded neck gap...somehow the length of the jacket was shortened by 1.5" b/t the 2 jackets. There is no excuse, but for someone like myself I continue to deal with it b/c it's the best alternative I've got. I figure for every 3 jackets, 1 will be decent. Still, the variation...



Let's see some shots of the contrast buttonholes.

Lorenz said...

I'm not sure why, really. Perhaps it is just not possible to make a suit the same every time. I remember talking about that with McGregor from ProperSuit. What he said is that the most variance occurs not from the pattern, but from the tailor itself. That could explain smaller variances, I guess, but not the bigger issues like -2 inches of jacket length.


I'm sure they would rather not have this issues and are working on it... the introduction of digital cutting definitely made it better in most cases. I kind of accept it already, but to be fair, I never had as severe changes as you mentioned.


As for the contrast buttonhole, will do some shots with my own camera tomorrow and update the review.

Lorenz said...

I'm not meaning to be harsh. Your tux looks good, very Skyfall: http://pinterest.com/pin/190840102930752706/

Lorenz said...

I didn't think you were :) Thanks, it was kind of the look I was going for!

Marlowe Green said...

It would be amazing if they allowed the full lapel to be in black instead of just a strip. Beautiful nonetheless. I think I may try out the tuxedo that men's style pro had made to order.

Lorenz said...

I feel like the IC tux would look tremendously better if the shawl collar was all black like the link above. Not digging the black lining.

Lorenz said...

Huge faux pas, there!
Of course the Vienna Opera Ball is strictly white tie (Frack). Tux is fine for other balls in Vienna's season.
But the tux looks good, I'm in the same boat. I'd really like to have one, but for a non-dancer like me, there are just no opportunities to wear one over here.

Lorenz said...

Sorry about that. See, that's how much I am not part of this scene ;)

Lorenz said...

I love that they offer midnight blue but not a fan of the strip on shawl, they won't do an all black one either(I wanted a skyfall tux).
That cost IC an entire order of that tux and vincero suit from myself and went with a different company that had no issues when I asked for navy with black shawl.

Lorenz said...

With all the money you've spent on these Indochino suits, you could've actually bought a bespoked ensemble that doesn't look cheap and factory made.

Lorenz said...

That's a bit harsh - and also, I would only have one or two suits then ;)

Lorenz said...

I had once asked about it, and they said that they could indeed do a solid shawl collar.

Lorenz said...

Might I ask who the other company was?

Lorenz Loidl said...

...same here. I'm not sure what happened with the first guy.

Lorenz Loidl said...

shad0w4life - what is the name of the other company that did the navy color with black shawl?

@ Everyone - Does anyone know which company would or customize the midnight collar tux?

Lorenz Loidl said...

I agree Chris. The black lining does not do the tux any justice. The Black Shawl is a better design. Do you know if IC will be willing to do that? or do you know any other clothing company that does that?

Lorenz Loidl said...

Asked IC? Can they do the black shawl collar?

Lorenz Loidl said...

which company did you go with eventually?

Lorenz Loidl said...

I think it was Black Lapel, but I have heard of someone who also got the all black form Indochino.

Lorenz Loidl said...

Yes, they did it for at least one guy I know of.

Lorenz Loidl said...

Black Lapel is apparently able to do it, so is Indochino for some lucky ones.

Lorenz Loidl said...

just got a response from them today.

"Since the release of Skyfall last October, we’ve had a LOT in interest in an all Black Satin Lapel to our Essential Midnight Blue Tux.

But unfortunately it is not available with an all satin lapel at this time. The lapels are available with Satin-piping only. I’m sorry that we are unable to assist in this regard. (I’d like one with an all black Satin lapel too!)

"All Satin lapels are available on our Essential Dinner Jacket Tuxedo and Essential 3 Piece Tuxedo."

Lorenz Loidl said...

Thanks for sharing Dan - will update the review accordingly as many people are interested.

Lorenz Loidl said...

Where did the bow tie come from? It doesn't look like the pre-tied charcoal in the link.

Lorenz Loidl said...

It's the charcoal one from Indochino, but it's not pre-tied!

Lorenz Loidl said...

Could you please let me know if you make an all satin lapel in the midnight blue tux? I am interested in getting one like that. Thank you!

Lorenz Loidl said...

I think you mean to ask Indochino about that, but I don't think they do all satin lapels.

Lorenz Loidl said...

Its an extraordinary for the price they are selling, i am just a fan of midnight blue color and the way the designed the suits with the addition of contrasting red lining inside was just awesome. Its every time treat to watch the review of Indochino

Ryan
Gosling Midnight Blue Tuxedo

Lorenz Loidl said...

I just got the tailor's kit from Indochino with the fabric samples, including the midnight blue tux fabric. I'm impressed with the kit(I also ordered one from Dragon Inside and Indochino's is much nicer)but I'm wondering if I got the wrong sample, because it doesn't look blue at all! It looks black! I know you said it comes out more blue in good light, but I live in Miami and you can't get any better light than that!

Post a Comment