It is the end of the year! [finally]…and do you have a tuxedo or a black suit you have not worn much? Well, this is the occasion!
Now, wear it with a twist.
The occasion allows you to personalize an outfit that otherwise could be limiting in style when you are attending a traditional formal occasion (a wedding, an elegant dinner party, a gala, etc…)
Scroll down, and you will see what I suggest for you when an occassion this caliper comes along!
By personalizing the tux, you could go from the midnight party … to the after party at a club…without any problem. Do not worry about feeling stuffy or stiff with these options. The exercise is very simple, start with the core, and just add or subtract to the core ensemble you already have.
– Wear a dark long-sleeved sweater underneath and add a colorful pocket square in the jacket pocket
– Start with a shirt with some design in front – same fabric or appliqué – and use your bowtie to add an extra splash of style…
– Wear a black and white graphic t-shirt underneath with a simple tux jacket and pants. Throw on some slip-on shoes to balance the casual mix.
– Use a vest in the same tone or similar to jacket, with open shirt – and if you are very brave, drop a flower on the lapel. That is high style!
– Pin a lapel pin on your lapel – no need of bowtie or pocket square. Lapel pins were very fashionable long ago, so ask your papa (grandfather) as he may have still have some tucked away – or stop by a vintage store. They usually have some in their front cases.
– Be bold and wear a colored pair of leather shoes (hopefully wingtips) My new favorite line is the new “reflectives” by Cole-Hann
Avoid sneakers, since that is more of a FRAT boy look – not a good mix for NYE.
– Base the outfit with a shirt made of a shiny material and disregard the bowtie. Use dark colors, the bright and acid tones are a little too disco, so I urge to balance with socks on a similar color or pocket square with similar tones…do not leave the shirt alone, then you will be VERY retro- 70’s!
– Leave the shirt’s collar inside the jacket (the pimp look with shirt collars spread out is done) and you may look like you stepped off the flashing floor of “Saturday Night Fever”.
– Pair the tux jacket with pinstriped pants – tones of dark grey or dark blue (NO denim) can provide a 1920’s dapper feeling.
– Make the entire outfit black…. including shirt and bowtie – very sharp!
– Just wear your black suit with the white tux shirt open under it. Add a pocket square to offset the lack of a tie.
– Always tuck your shirt, and if the pants need cummerbund, use it!
– Bright colored socks are always a great compliment (but make sure that is the ONLY accent). Avoid matchy-matchy looks such as matching socks with a similar colored pocket square.
If your NYE is one of those that everyone gets all dressed up and ready to party, bring in the New Year in full style with a twist. Make sure you are comfortable to dance and party the night away.
Hello New Year!
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