With Christmas parties in full swing and New Year’s Eve nearly upon us, what to wear after dark is firmly on the agenda. And no one does it better than these famous men who define ‘debonair’, says menswear editor Ian Wright
A dinner suit is hardly a new idea, but there are subtle differences between old-school tuxedos and contemporary cuts. Look for a tailored or slim fit that starts broad at the shoulders but then shapes into the waist, like Daniel Craig’s – trim is the way to go.
Feeling brave? Forget navy, black and grey and instead wear jewel tones such as dark emerald and sapphire to really shine. Nicholas Hoult nails it with his burgundy suit and tie combo.
A waistcoat screams occasion – just ask Tom Hardy – and is flattering on the stomach, as well as neatening shirt fronts. The more buttons, the more of a heritage feel it brings to a plain two-button, single-breasted suit.Shop the edit
jacket stops the suit
Smart needn’t mean stuffy. Take your style cues from Ryan Gosling and build your own suit with a mismatched jacket and trousers. Patterns work really well on a blazer contrasted against trousers in a block colour – just be sure to pick tones that complement each other.Shop the edit
“A STATEMENT tie
enlivens the look”
Velvet really comes into its own at this time of year; the fabric’s plush feel adds a luxurious edge to familiar menswear pieces. Tinie Tempah’s suave look is down to his attention to detail – the blue of his tie is expertly matched to his jacket – while the sockless loafers are a classy but nonchalant final touch.Shop the edit
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