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With New Year’s Eve parties approaching, we took a minute to locate some inspiration for perhaps the most quintessentially masculine garment known to man: a Tuxedo. For a garment whose smashing success or massive failure hinges almost entirely on a razor-sharp fit, customized precisely to your body, sack-like rentals are not a realistic option—even if you only need your tux once a year, a modest investment is worth looking like a million bucks once in a while.


1. Peak Lapel. The classic choice. Broader lapels are swinging back into favor, lending modern suits a throwback, menswear-machismo vibe. Combined with the elegantly aggressive peak lapel, this style of tux creates a universally flattering V-shaped torso.


Hickey Freeman Classic-Fit, Peak-Lapel Tuxedo.
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2. Shawl Collar. Whereas a peak lapel is boldly assertive, a shawl-collar tux is silky smooth. Put one on, and you’re equally apt to channel a 1962 Sean Connery in the original Bond flick, Dr. No, or a hip vintage revivalist like Albert Hammond Jr., depending on your haircut and facial expression.


BOSS Black Trim-Fit Shawl-Collar Tuxedo.
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3. Midnight Blue. Daniel Craig’s Bond is rougher around the edges than his predecessors—and his choices in evening wear are just as unapologetic. Opting for inky blue instead of the classic black is a subtle tweak on the color spectrum, but speaks volumes. Amp it up further with a creative shirt, or keep it classically subversive as Craig does above.


BOSS Black Trim-Fit Navy Tuxedo. Shop Now

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Whichever style you choose, get thee to a skilled Nordstrom Tailor for a fully personalized fit. Here’s a graphic of Mr. Jake Gyllenhaal, a red-carpet pro, with a comprehensive play-by-play on how a classic tux ought to fit, courtesy of the NY Times. Click to enlarge:


 

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[Images: James Cagney, Paul Newman and John Wayne via The Impossible Cool; Sean Connery via Gentleman's Gazette and The Suits of James Bond; Daniel Craig via Fashionising; Jake Gyllenhaal by Steve Granitz/WireImage, © NY Times. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

1. Luxe Slipper. This style of crushed-velvet dinner slipper, often emblazoned with obscure, hilarious, or illicit symbolism, is popping up all over the internet in recent times.

While we fully endorse the Hefner-esque (or Disick-ish?) “I do what I want” levity they lend to formal attire when worn for a nightcap at your mansion, the question is: Can they be worn outside the comfort of your study?


[Magnanni velvet loafer | Mezlan embossed suede loafer | Donald J Pliner beaded loafer]

Turns out, the answer is yes. As any number of street style blogs—like Dapper Lou, below—these things add comfort and a sense of humor to jeans, cardigans, plaid pants, and definitely tongue-in-cheek socks.

And, for good measure, here’s Steve McQueen, proving that with the right attitude, velvet slippers can look good no matter what you’re wearing. (How does he do that?)


 

However, if you’re heading out to holiday parties this Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and/or New Year’s, and the forecast precludes velvet, here are some tux-friendly alternatives to finish off your formal look:


Classics, L-R:
2. Patent Loafer. The sleek, most surefire choice with any tux. [BOSS Black]
3. Chelsea Boot. Same clean lines, but more puddle-proof if you’re party-hopping. [To Boot New York]
4. Patent Lace-up. Less traditional than a loafer, but equally acceptable with a tux—as long as you keep them shiny. [Salvatore Ferragamo]
 


Experimental, L-R:
5. High-End High-Top. If you want to blend streetwear with formalwear, make sure your sneakers are spotless—and preferably all-black. [Alexander McQueen PUMA]
6. Subtle Color. Stay full-on formal, and still raise an eyebrow or two, with a lace-up in near-imperceptible purple. [Paul Smith]
7. Punk-Rock Tux. Spiked slippers mix best with a skinny tux—and adventurous company. [Steve Madden]

 

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[Photos: Cary Collection slippers via Unabashedly Prep; Outfit shots via Dapper Lou; Steve McQueen via Drop Dead Prep. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Of all the menswear bloggers-slash-stylists-slash-photographers running loose and making moves in NYC these days, Noah Emrich is one of the best. His photos are ridiculously captivating even when the subjects are just his friends on random Brooklyn rooftops. So when he gets a chance to shoot some of the world’s preeminent street-style icons at a high-profile event like the CFDA Awards, the results are inevitably something special.


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