It’s that time of year when the lights are twinkling, the cocktails are inviting and you’re eyeing up the contents of your wardrobe with more scrutiny than usual. Because, while it’s the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also a period when you’re expected to dress up. The standard shirt and sharpest chinos might cut it throughout the other 11 months, but the festive season’s glut of events call for some serious eveningwear. However, there’s a world of difference between the tired Rotary Club attire of old – rental black tie that looked more at home in a costume drama than a modern man’s style roster – and the sharp, debonair options today. It’s simply a case of deciding which of the folowing categories you fall under. Here are three suggestions from MR PORTER.
At first glance, this sleek black tuxedo jacket might look like it’s cut from the traditional mould, but it’s a sharper, more minimalist take on the swaggeringly classic tuxedo that’s synonymous with a debonair Mr Fred Astaire kind of dress-up. Take the lapel – a glossy satin shawl neck is ceremonial and a touch peacocky, but this version, in the same black as the jacket, is neat and narrow. The proportions on the jacket and trousers are nipped in, too, without the airy trousers and peak shoulders that normally make up a tuxedo. Pair with a thin-gauge polo neck (or a T-shirt, if your approach to after dark attire is defiantly low-key) and sneakers for a modern take on an old familiar. If the overall effect is too stark, even for an arch minimalist, then add a touch of evening flair with a discreetly gleaming lapel pin or dress watch to up the ante slightly and show an ever so subtle shift towards evening.