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Men's black tie: the new rules

MRPORTER.COM’s Deputy Style Director Olie Arnold shares his style tips for looking dapper at your formal events this festive season

by 14 December 2015

While festive jumpers have made a serious comeback in recent years, there are those occasions when only a suit or tux cuts the mustard. Take your style inspiration form MRPORTER.com’s Deputy Style Director Olie Arnold whose festive style tips will help you stand out from the crowd after dark.

The rules for black tie dressing...

“Nowadays, there are no set rules. My only advice is to do it better than everyone else. Black tie can become a little monotonous; so always endeavour to add a little individuality to your ensemble, no matter how subtle. Whether it’s a pattern silk scarf, three-piece tuxedo, or a jewel coloured jacket, it’s important to stand out from the crowd.”

A velvet tux jacket gives your black tie ensemble a contemporary twist...

“A velvet tuxedo jacket can add a much needed touch of opulence and almost an eccentricity. The nostalgia of the jacket can be undercut by a grey trouser and white granddad shirt, which is a little more inviting than your usual, buttoned-up black tie fare. If you’re more excited about the after party than anything else, then this is the look for you.”

1-5From left: overcoat: Thom Sweeney, navy suit: Canali, scarf: Kilgour, velvet tuxedo jacket: Kingsman, tuxedo jacket (trousers also available): Dolce & Gabbana

Don’t head out after dark without a wool overcoat...

“A wool overcoat is timeless in its appeal and can be dressed up or dressed down. Thom Sweeney have launched an exclusive style on MR PORTER that has been tailored in Italy from soft navy wool that is particularly striking in a double-breasted silhouette. But a single breasted option can be just as impactful.”

A single-breasted suit is a failsafe option...

“If you’re investing in one suit and one suit only, then it should be a single-breasted, two-button style in a lightweight woollen material, in navy blue or charcoal grey.”

6-11From left: grey suit: Kingsman, black suit: Jil Sander, white shirt: Gucci, belt: Hugo Boss, white trainers: Common Project, shoes: Tom Ford

The traditional double-breasted suit is back...

In recent seasons there has been a growing demand for more traditional double-breasted styles. We saw massive success with Kingsman, which comprises largely of double-breasted tailoring. Double-breasted suits are at their best in more traditional fabrics such as a chalk stripe or Prince of Wales check, but for something more muted then a simple navy will work well.

Don’t be afraid of the sneaker and suit combo...

“Why not try something a little different and don sneakers with your suit. Team a granddad collar shirt with an unstructured navy suit and white sneakers for an ensemble that’s still sharp but with an unmistakable note of nonchalance.”

Match your shoes and belt...

“Rules can sometimes be broken but in short, you should always match your shoes to your belt, especially leather belts. They don’t have to be exactly the same colour but at least in the same family.”