While the name of one of our favorite menswear mood boards (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) is admittedly tongue-in-cheek, there’s nonetheless a kernel of truth to it. Intelligence, humor, confidence, karaoke prowess—all key factors in procuring a mate. But we’d only be deceiving you if we said personal appearance doesn’t play a factor as well. (Looking sharp also induces confidence, which leads to karaoke prowess, which…well, really, it’s all related.)
Keep reading to see our new take on black tie. Consider it step one to ending up like the men on the left in the photo above—instead of the dude in the funny hat playing Candy Crush at the stroke of midnight, seen at right.
Editor’s Picks for New Year’s Eve.
If any night of the year warrants breaking out your freshest finery, this is it.
However, you should also tailor the proceedings to whichever mix of posh parties and seedy dive bars are on your agenda. So mix and match at will:
1) An immaculately tailored tuxedo belongs in every man’s closet—but unless you’re hitting a high-end gala tomorrow night, it’s not required wearing for New Year’s. If you do find yourself taking the plunge and purchasing, consider a sleek and unique shawl-collar, one-button tux like the one above, top left. Craig and Connery would approve.
2) We like the idea of going high-low—think biker jacket with a bow tie, mixing leather with denim, or folding up a mechanic’s bandana in lieu of your standard, silky-white pocket square.
3) We’re also enjoying black-on-black lately (as you might have noticed here or here), and especially for a night out. But this is a celebration, for Pete’s sake—so for best results, break up the black with a spirited pop of color or pattern.
And just in case you need a refresher—
here’s how to tie a bow tie:
[Intro photo by Brandon Smith, via National Geographic.]