A tuxedo is the ultimate way to nail your New Year party
BY NICK CARVELL
Nick is Associate Style Editor of British GQ
If you’re the kind of guy who doesn’t get invited to a black tie wedding every other weekend, you might think that a dinner suit is something of an unnecessary wardrobe addition. However, we’re firm believers that it is one of the most versatile (not to mention handsome) items a man can own – and it’s your key to dressing for New Year’s Eve, no matter what sort of party you’ll be raising a glass at.
Of course, the main advantage of a tuxedo is that it’s very hard for a man to look bad in one – those sharp shoulders, nipped waist and high-shine lapels immediately give you a James Bond vibe. And while your tuxedo is historically only meant to be worn to the most formal of formal evening events, the trick to getting the most use out of your dinner suit is, well, not to think of it as a dinner suit. Think of it as your ultimate going-out secret weapon that can be split-up and dressed-down as needed.
Headed to a house party? Slip on the jacket with a pair of slim indigo jeans, a black crew neck T-shirt and black double-monkstraps. Going to watch the fireworks? Slip into the trousers, and pair up with hardy black Chelsea boots, a denim jacket, a thin-gauge black rollneck and a warm topcoat. Popping open a bottle at a bar? Wear it as a full suit with a chambray button-down and white running trainers.
And the great thing is that there are more tuxedos on the market right now than ever before. In short, there’s never been a better time to add one to your armoury – whatever your budget. So whether you’re headed to a full-on black tie dinner or just want to be the best-dressed man at your friend’s flat, we’ve gathered together all our favourite dinner suits available on the market right now below…
Scotch & Soda
Marks & Spencer