With the New Year just around the corner, it’s time for men everywhere to dust off their favorite formalwear and get ready to dress to the nines. However, when’s the last time you really looked at your tuxedo or black tie outfit? Tuxedos may be a timeless look, but your formalwear still needs a refresh from time to time.
So here are a few tips from The Clotherie’s Tom Allen to update your New Year’s look.
Today’s best tuxedo jackets feature a slimmer, shorter cut than in the past. A good rule of thumb is, if the shoulders on your garment extend past your natural shoulder, it’s probably time for a new one.
Forget the peak lapel or a business suit-like notch lapel; today it’s all about the return of the traditional shawl collar. First popularized with Victorian-era smoking jackets, this sleek, slim and rounded lapel turns any man into a 007-style secret agent.
In The Navy:
Tired of the same old black tuxedo? Shake up your black tie attire with a trendy navy or midnight blue tux, a throwback to the earliest formalwear back in the 1800s when dark blues were a common alternative to black.
If you're still wearing a cummerbund, you need to freshen up your look. Try a new fly front white shirt featuring hidden studs and buttons.
Tie it all together:
Formalwear doesn’t have to be fussy. Shake things up with a new patterned bow tie.
Head to Toe:
Make sure shoes are classic and well polished. If you don't own a formal shoe a simple black lace up will work.