You’re kitted out and ready to channel Bond but the humble suit has a lot more going for it when party season hits.
Alexandre of England wants you to think outside of the classic and new ways to style it – think like Matt Damon in The Talented Mr Ripley, James McAvoy in Atonement or Leo in Catch Me If You Can.
Black tie doesn’t have to be a wing collar and Dickie bow anymore. Sharpen up your look with a smart fitted black suit, skinny black tie and team with a crisp white, neat collar shirt for a sharp look.
But if your tuxedo is a must, dress it up with a contrast colour bow tie and a smart pocket square – simple tweaks can bring a contemporary edge. You’ll also be surprised how much of a difference that pocket square makes.
Go beyond just black and celebrate in colour; bright blue, burgundy and bottle green are all perfectly acceptable for black tie events, too. This bright blue Alexandre suit is the best example, teamed with a tonal bow tie or simple skinny black tie, add a classic white pocket square to set off the look.
A must-have in your party wardrobe is a velvet jacket. Rather than opting for all-over velvet, a jacket with contrast black satin shawl collar balances what could be a difficult material to pull off. Pair with slim black trousers and black bow tie to bring the whole look together.
If you’re having to stick strictly to formal, a well fitted tux is the most important. Opt for cuts close to the body, but not too skinny, to give the suit a good shape. It’s also important to invest in a good quality dress shirt, slightly textured always adds a more expensive feel. Don’t forget your silk bow tie and a white pocket square to round it all off.