How To Look Good At A Party

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bianca Matley

My name's Bianca, Menswear Editor. Contrary to belief, I love Eastenders but wasn't named after the character... heyday of hoops and ponytail quickly erased from memory. Times have changed (thankfully) and although I love beauty, I equally love a good men's oxford shirt and jacket or two, for myself of course. You'll now find me flicking through men's magazine pages and my favourites list is increasingly becoming male dominated. Dare I say, there's a lot to learn from their style...

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