We’ve all heard the line: “When in doubt, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed.”
In a world of excess and flash, this seems wise, since we all want to put our best foot forward.
Still, simplicity is a very much overlooked facet of elegance.
So, to get these two extremes right, we decode the dress code that usually comes with that event invitation.
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Every simple man’s
Clockwise from right: Saint Laurent shirt, Louis Vuitton pants, Hermes belt, Allen Edmonds shoes, Maison Margiela blazer,
This oxymoron can confuse any man—how can you wear something that looks professional and relaxed at the same time? The business casual is a study in deconstructing the style game to create a hybrid look: Take a matched navy suit, but don only the blazer, and wear it with medium
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Think of this code as what you would wear when closing a multi-million dollar deal. This is the time to look sleek, sharp, and business-oriented. Naturally, a matching suit ensemble is your best bet, going for the more formal end of your selection. For daytime events, suits of a lighter shade are permissible, such as light
From left: Patek Philippe watch, Allen Edmonds shoes, YSL suit, Gucci shirt and tie
This calls for a tuxedo with a bow tie and formal pumps during night events. The key is to keep it elegant in a black and white scheme, so this isn’t the time to be toying with
Ede & Ravenscroft tailcoat, vest, and top hat; Jaeger-LeCoultre watch; Brooks Brother bow tie and leather pumps
"Formal attire" doesn’t mean simply donning a suit and a tie. In the dress code matrix, the white tie reigns absolute, although it’s also a rare phenomenon. Due to its restrictive nature, you probably see less of it on invitations due to the amount of work that it entails. And speaking of tails, this requires a tailcoat and vest for morning dress, and perhaps a top hat too. For night events, a tailcoat and white tie, and maybe a