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How To Look Dapper At Your Next Big Bash


Does your holiday dress code call for dialing-it up a notch? Harry’s here with advice on how to personalize your look and standout in the crowd.

What’s the best thing about wearing a tuxedo? All you have to do is adhere to a few basic principles and it’s really hard not to look great.


Of course, the downside of dressing black-tie is that you run the risk of looking like every other man in the room.


Fortunately there are a few ways to set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd.


The first is to make sure your tux fits better than anything else in your closet. Regardless of your stature, you want to look lean and powerful at the same time. Take, for example, this look from luxury menswear leader Ermenegildo Zegna. It’s pure class. Crafted from ultra-fine wool sheered from Zegna’s own sheep, you’ll get a lot of mileage out of this one all year long. The jacket features a peak lapel trimmed in satin, making this a can’t go wrong classic.


After fit, you can always go for flair. Instead of a traditional tuxedo, consider a super-sleek dinner or evening jacket. Here the options really get interesting.


Who better to turn to than the masters of making bold statements - Dolce & Gabbana? Featuring striking patterned details and completed with a printed bow-tie, this standout look is sure to get you noticed for all the right reasons.


For something more subdued but equally eye-catching, there’s this opulent emerald green velvet jacket from TOM FORD – direct from the designer’s celebrity-studded runway collection. There's a reason Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and Brad Pitt all turn to one man when it's time to suit up. Tom Ford has the art of elevated style down to a science.


This handsome piece is ideal for any formal occasion. The jacket is masterfully crafted. It’s framed by a strong shoulder line and a substantial notch lapel to ensure an assertive presence. Perfect for pairing with pressed tailored trousers and polished shoes this season.


Harry’s Pro Tip: there are few things more elegant in menswear than a self-tied bow tie. View our video for an easy ‘how-to’ demonstration by our head buyer Shannon Stewart to Tie the Perfect Bow Tie.



Black tie optional? Why not exercise your options.


This look from Armani Collezioni shows that you can still be elegant, even without a tie. The Mandarin collar, an Armani signature, shown here, offers a thoroughly modern take on event dressing.


The plush navy velvet jacket features a distinct but unimposing tonal texture that offers an extra dose of ‘touch-me’ appeal. Trust us, you’ll enjoy all the extra hands-on attention you’ll receive in a rich velvet jacket like this. Not to mention it’s sharply tailored in a streamlined fit that neatly frames the body.


This holiday season, your options for event attire are as vast as the myriad of occasions you are invited to. Let Harry help take the guesswork out of what to wear. Expert real-time advice from our highly-trained Clothing Advisors is only a click away or stop by a store to examine your options.