Dress Up Tomorrow
Being New Year’s Eve, tomorrow is a great opportunity to put on a tuxedo if you’ve ever wanted an excuse to wear one. So few men get to wear tailored clothing nowadays, but the ringing in of a new year is one of the few times almost anyone can dress in the most classic of tailored clothes - the tuxedo. 
The Platonic ideal for a tuxedo involves a single- or double-breasted jacket with peak or shawl lapels. The single-breasted can be worn unbuttoned, but requires that the exposed waistband be covered up by a cummerbund or dress vest. The double-breasted model, on the other hand, doesn’t require a waist covering, but it needs to be buttoned when standing and unbuttoned when seated, so it can be a bit of a hassle. Either way, both ought to be accompanied by a white shirt, black bow tie, and pair of black shoes. The white shirt ideally should have a bib or pleated front, and be closed with studs instead of buttons; the black shoes ought to be formal black pumps, though highly polished black oxfords will also do. Of course, at this point in the game, it’s too late to acquire a tuxedo if you don’t already have one. Jesse and Kiyoshi have written extensive guides on how to wear black tie (and acquire what you need on a budget), should you want to prepare for next year.
For those who don’t have the goods or the opportunity to wear black tie, I’d suggest still dressing up. Try breaking out a dark navy suit – again, single- or double-breasted – with peak or notch lapels. Choose a more formal looking shirt, such as a white one with French cuffs, and accent it with some nice cufflinks. Put on a pair of freshly polished black captoe oxfords, place a neatly folded white linen pocket square in your breast pocket, and choose a tie that will do well at night – such as a black or silver necktie, ideally made from satin so that it’ll reflect a bit of light, or even a black bow tie. 
Use New Year’s Eve as an excuse to wear your best clothes, and your best clothes as an excuse to do something fun.

Dress Up Tomorrow

Being New Year’s Eve, tomorrow is a great opportunity to put on a tuxedo if you’ve ever wanted an excuse to wear one. So few men get to wear tailored clothing nowadays, but the ringing in of a new year is one of the few times almost anyone can dress in the most classic of tailored clothes - the tuxedo. 

The Platonic ideal for a tuxedo involves a single- or double-breasted jacket with peak or shawl lapels. The single-breasted can be worn unbuttoned, but requires that the exposed waistband be covered up by a cummerbund or dress vest. The double-breasted model, on the other hand, doesn’t require a waist covering, but it needs to be buttoned when standing and unbuttoned when seated, so it can be a bit of a hassle. Either way, both ought to be accompanied by a white shirt, black bow tie, and pair of black shoes. The white shirt ideally should have a bib or pleated front, and be closed with studs instead of buttons; the black shoes ought to be formal black pumps, though highly polished black oxfords will also do. Of course, at this point in the game, it’s too late to acquire a tuxedo if you don’t already have one. Jesse and Kiyoshi have written extensive guides on how to wear black tie (and acquire what you need on a budget), should you want to prepare for next year.

For those who don’t have the goods or the opportunity to wear black tie, I’d suggest still dressing up. Try breaking out a dark navy suit – again, single- or double-breasted – with peak or notch lapels. Choose a more formal looking shirt, such as a white one with French cuffs, and accent it with some nice cufflinks. Put on a pair of freshly polished black captoe oxfords, place a neatly folded white linen pocket square in your breast pocket, and choose a tie that will do well at night – such as a black or silver necktie, ideally made from satin so that it’ll reflect a bit of light, or even a black bow tie. 

Use New Year’s Eve as an excuse to wear your best clothes, and your best clothes as an excuse to do something fun.

Real People: New Year’s Eve

As part of an ongoing series, Put This On will be featuring real men with great style.

New Year’s Eve is an obvious time for men to not just dress well, but dress a step or two above how they ordinarily would for the evening. But that can be interpreted differently, by these three men. 

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Sebastian from Austria’s full black tie ensemble stays true to the rules and looks great. Peaked lapels, wing collar, waistcoat and opera pumps are all elements of a classic evening look that really is timeless and elegant. And, if you click here you can see an awesome bonus shot of Sebastian donning a pith helmet. 

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Esosa from Fresno goes a step down in formality but manages to pull off a rare look in a black suit, which he only wears for New Year’s Eve. And it looks impressively sharp and fits perfectly. The black silk knit tie and white pocket square keeps things simple. I think it’s tough for most men to wear a black suit, but this is a great example of how to do it and the context in which it works quite well. 

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Timo from Vienna (who blogs at blazerandtie) goes one notch down in formality, moving toward navy and away from black. The light blue shirt and navy tie match the jacket’s color and the pink pocket square adds just a bit of contrasting warmth to the outfit’s otherwise neutral, monochromatic tones. 

-Kiyoshi

(Source: putthison.com)

Dressing for New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is here, and it’s one the few occasions men can dress to the proverbial nines without feeling out of place. If you’re going to a ball tonight, go out in black tie. For that, you can read Jesse’s post, Kiyoshi’s series, or Peter Marshall’s Black Tie Guide (a rather extensive resource on the subject). If you’re headed to a nice restaurant or bar, show up in a dark navy suit, crisp white shirt, and shiny black oxfords. You can accent your ensemble with a navy or black satin four-in-hand necktie and a white silk pocket square. If you need something less formal still, reach for the tried and true navy hopsack sport coat, grey flannel trousers, freshly polished black oxfords, and a crisp, white, semi-spread collar shirt. Mark the occasion as being special with a black bow tie and white pocket square.
However you do it, dress up for New Year’s Eve. As Paolo said at Suitology (the latest addition to my short list of favorite menswear blogs): “Any reason to get drunk is always also a reason to get dressed properly.” Indeed. 
Happy New Years!
(Photo from LIFE)

Dressing for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is here, and it’s one the few occasions men can dress to the proverbial nines without feeling out of place. If you’re going to a ball tonight, go out in black tie. For that, you can read Jesse’s post, Kiyoshi’s series, or Peter Marshall’s Black Tie Guide (a rather extensive resource on the subject). If you’re headed to a nice restaurant or bar, show up in a dark navy suit, crisp white shirt, and shiny black oxfords. You can accent your ensemble with a navy or black satin four-in-hand necktie and a white silk pocket square. If you need something less formal still, reach for the tried and true navy hopsack sport coat, grey flannel trousers, freshly polished black oxfords, and a crisp, white, semi-spread collar shirt. Mark the occasion as being special with a black bow tie and white pocket square.

However you do it, dress up for New Year’s Eve. As Paolo said at Suitology (the latest addition to my short list of favorite menswear blogs): “Any reason to get drunk is always also a reason to get dressed properly.” Indeed. 

Happy New Years!

(Photo from LIFE)