how to wear smart casuals to work

There was a time not too long ago when working for a corporate meant dressing up in formals every day. Thanks to the tech boom and the popularity of relaxed work environments, nowadays you often find company employees coming to work wearing casuals, and sometimes, even sweats. Apart from organizations where the employees are expected to convey their professionalism through their clothing (like banking, government, and law), most companies don’t push for formals. However, this does not mean that you wear your favorite graphic t-shirts or saunter in wearing your gym clothes. Instead, the ideal dress code for such work environments is smart casuals, or as we like to call it, casual wear for grown-ups.

We already discussed the building blocks of a smart-casual wardrobe in an earlier post. Now, let’s see how that can be adapted to work.

Everyday 9-5

Smart casuals are elevated basics. Therefore the fit is impeccable, the fabrics are high quality and styling details are subtle. Smart casuals make you look professional yet approachable.

Tips: Pair a white, check or striped button-down shirt with tapered navy or black chinos. Keep your tan and khaki chinos for Fridays. If you do wish to wear them, balance them with an unstructured navy blazer. Similarly, keep your printed shirts for Fridays. Another look to try – wear shirts with dark wash denims and layer with knit blazers or fitted cardigans.

Don’t forget to add a navy blue and grey suit to your workwear options in case important conferences or business meetings crop up. This way you are really prepared.

Accessorize your looks with Derby shoes or Chelsea boots.

Friday dressing

Pretty much all companies now allow casual Fridays. Once again, this doesn’t mean regular casual wear, so no hoodies or graphic T-shirts or cargo pants.

Tips: Instead of your favorite graphic T-shirt, opt for polo T-shirts in solid colors. Pair it with your beige and khaki chinos. Alternatively, wear button-down plaid shirts with your chinos. You can top this look with a tweed or herringbone sports jacket. Similarly, you can wear round neck T-shirts with tailored joggers and blazers.

Complete the look with leather loafers or white sneakers.

Going out with the boys after work

Smart casuals transition well to non-work environments where you still have to look professional. Therefore, you can wear them to evening networking events or business cocktails or just an evening out getting to know the new guy who has just joined the group.

Tips: This is the time to break out your patterned separates, be it a Glen plaid blazer or a printed shirt worn with an unstructured blazer. If you want to take it up a notch, wear a suit but swap the shirt for a long-sleeve T-shirt.

Jazz up your look with suede Derbys or leather monk straps in brown or burgundy. If you feel your look is a bit too flashy, play it down with a pair of white sneakers (the pair that keeps on giving).

Office parties

Office parties are so important when it comes to making an impact on the office social scene we did an entire post on it. But that being said, we want to lay emphasis on the importance of looking professional. In other words, have fun but don’t forget that your boss is watching.

And there you have it – a quick overview of smart casual looks for work. Head to Tailorman stores to purchase your custom made chinos. For shirts, definitely explore the range of Foundation Shirts that cover everything from casuals to business formals. When it comes to slaying the smart casual look, it’s all about looking neat and tasteful. Therefore do get your clothes custom made whenever you can, and go easy on the colors and prints. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll do just fine.

Do you have any queries? Comment below or feel free to Whatsapp Tailorman on +91 9551112222 for a personal styling session.

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dressing for winter weddings

Winter weddings are special – the agreeable weather makes it ideal for outdoor festivities, and even destination beach and desert weddings are able to showcase their charms without being hindered by excessive heat or humidity. That being said, one thing winter events are guaranteed to be is chilly. And since you can’t turn up in your office parka, we’ve put together a curated list of style tips and product recommendations to help you layer stylishly for winter weddings.

Western formals

You can’t go wrong with suits for weddings. The only rule is to ensure that you don’t upstage the groom. With services similar to Tailorman Wedding Services, most grooms have the men in their family and their groomsmen kitted out in coordinating outfits. Instead if you’re a guest, then a suit would be more than enough. Unless the wedding invite specifies “black-tie”, it’s best to not wear a tuxedo. Especially since there’s a good chance that the groom would be wearing one.

There are a few rules to follow, of course. For example, a day wedding would require you to be in a light color suit. A light grey paired with a white shirt is an excellent choice. Wear a pastel color tie or lose the tie and wear a complementing pocket square so that the grey suit and shirt don’t look too corporate. Pair the grey suit with dark brown derby shoes. Alternatively, go for a navy blue suit. Steer clear of corporate-wear essentials like stripes, checks, and you’ll be fine.

For evenings, wear a suit in a dark color. Black, navy blue, charcoal grey, etc are good choices. If it’s a reception that involves a lot of drinking and dancing, you can opt for a look that’s more party-appropriate with jewel toned shirts and dark suits. And yes, if it’s a festive affair like elaborate Indian wedding parties, you can easily slip into a velvet blazer too.

Of course, the chilly weather is ideal for layering your suits with a waistcoat. Wear one in a matching color or go for something that creates a stark contrast. Accessorise with a tie or bow-tie and pocket-square. If you feel overdressed at any point, you can casually slip off your suit jacket and just have your waist coat on. Do check out our post on how to style your three piece suit too.

Do get suits in heavy winter-friendly fabrics like wood, tweed, and flannel. Look for heavy cloth weight(between 400 – 570 grams) to stay warm. Similarly, opt for full lining over half lining, both for better structure and insulation.


If suits aren’t your thing, then try the Indo-western look. Most Indian weddings do have a ethnic element running throughout, and if dressing up in a top to toe kurta-pyjama-sherwani look feels like too much, stick to adding just one Indian element or two.

Since most western wear and Indian ethnic pieces complement each other well, you can easily add a Nehru jacket to your look. For example, layer it over a shirt and trouser combination. Add a paisley print pocket square to add visual interest to the look. Similarly, team a kurta-pyjama look with a Nehru jacket. Dress it up with a floral shawl. Or go with a floral Nehru jacket and a solid shawl. Some beaded jootis, worn with socks will bring all components of your outfit together for a flawless finish.

Don’t forget the bandhgala either! Wear it over a Mandarin collar shirt and trouser combination. Add a pocket square. If you wish to really indulge, don’t miss out on this chance to wear a velvet bandhgala.

The beauty of winter weddings is that you get a chance to wear velvets, silks and other heavily embellished pieces. Just remember that, when it comes to layering, less is more. Therefore, a maximum of three layers (apart from thermals) can be visible, but no more. And the best way to achieve stylish layering is to ensure that each piece fits well. This will get rid of unsightly stretching and bunching that usually shows up along the shoulders, upper back, waistline, and side seams. Therefore, go for made to measure clothing as much as possible.

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office party looks for men

Office parties give you a chance to relax and mingle with different teams in the organization, and even strike up a conversation or two with top management. They’re an excellent way to have some fun, network and even make a memorable impression on the right people. Hence, they have become an unavoidable part of everyone’s lives today. That being said, many men still find dressing for an office party a bit of a challenge, often wondering how formal or casual they’re expected to dress. Unlike casual parties, company parties do have codes of conduct, and dressing right is part of it. Therefore, we have put down a set of style tips and office party looks that’ll make dressing for the upcoming office party a breeze for you!

Follow the company dress code

An easy way to decide what to wear, is to follow the company dress code. For example, if your company dress code is casual, then don’t turn up in a three-piece suit. Similarly, if you work in a conservative office, then stick to formals, but add a festive flair.

Work with the party theme

Incorporate the party theme, but still stay within the company dress code. For example, if your company dress code is business formal, but the party theme is “Christmas”, then add a red and green pocket square to a white shirt (left unbuttoned at the neck) and grey suit ensemble.

Don’t be over the top

The whole point of following the above rules, and keeping things subtle is so that you don’t embarrass yourself when you run into your boss or top management. Just because it’s a party doesn’t mean that you’re off the clock – your behavior is being observed and you’re being judged, and you want to stay sharp.

Add one stylish element

A festive tie and pocket-square combo, a printed shirt under a sombre suit, a sharp suit with a T-shirt, colorful socks, statement watches, etc, are ways in which you can let your personal style shine. Keep bold colors and quirky prints to accessories and accent pieces, and keep the rest of your look sleek with tailored pieces.

Office party looks to try

Light neutrals

An easy way to stand out from the crowd is to dress up in light neutral shades like beige, ecru, grey, white, etc. A suited look with light separates will look almost zen at a boisterous party.

Printed shirts and dark suits

The only way to rock a printed shirt at an office party is by pairing it with a solid suit. Of course, the more relaxed the company dress code, the bolder the print. If your company is conservative, then stick to a subtle repeat print in a deep color, eg. printed burgundy shirt with a navy suit.

Light shirt and dark suit

Stark contrasts are always eye-catching. Therefore, a light colored shirt when worn under a dark suit can look effortlessly fresh and stylish. Get a complementing pocket square instead of a tie to keep it in party mode.

Smart color blocking

You don’t necessarily have to use bold colors to take advantage of the ever popular color blocking trend. Instead, channel this trend effectively with a dark shirt and trouser paired with a contrasting light color blazer.

Add athleisure

If you want to rock a suit at an office party that’s notorious for its relaxed dress code, balance your tailored suit with a pair of sneakers and a T-shirt. This look is young, effortless and classy.

Playing it safe

So you want to look great without taking too many risks? This classic party look is for you – dark suit with dark shirt. No tie, and leave the shirt neck unbuttoned. Want to give it just a bit of pizzazz? Add a pocket square in a vibrant print. But that’s optional.

You’ve probably decided on the look you want by now. Feel free to Whatsapp Tailorman on +91 9551112222 for a personal styling session. And if you have the time, walk into one of our stores for a made to measure session. After all, if you’re going to invest in snazzy clothes, make sure they’re well-tailored and fit like a glove!


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dress for groom

The day you graduated from business school, got your first job and later, your first promotion, were all major milestones. But perhaps none are as public as your wedding day. While it’s true that most guests will have their eyes on the bride, your look as the groom is just as important since you’ll be sharing the spotlight with her and the wedding photos will last forever. To make sure you step out in style for all the wedding ceremonies on your big day, just follow our simple guidelines.

Main wedding ceremony

dress for groom

If you choose to go traditional for a religious ceremony, a kurta-pyjama combination is a hassle-free option. Pair it with a Nehru jacket for a more formal look. Swapping the pyjamas for a dhoti helps recreate an ensemble with a bit of old-world charm. If the weather gets nippy, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders. This will at once be both practical and elegant.

While traditional attire is popular, it’s not uncommon for grooms today to choose a trendy look for their marriage rites. A full-sleeve cotton shirt with a tiny paisley print paired with cotton trousers, and topped with a Nehru jacket can be a great alternative to a tip to toe ethnic look.

Christian weddings are usually held during the day, therefore a light grey or navy blue suit would look appropriate. If the weather is chilly, go for a three piece suit. Accessorise with pastel ties in keeping with the daytime ceremonies.


dress for groom

Let the party commence! This is your chance to shine! Your wedding theme will decide if it’s formal or black-tie. If it’s a black-tie event, opt for a black or midnight blue tuxedo. On the other hand, a well-tailored black suit paired with a white shirt and black bow tie will look formal enough for the wedding while still being less formal than a tuxedo. And let’s not forget day time receptions either – if you’re having a more relaxed daytime event, a linen suit will look perfect. All three options will make you feel confident and turn out to be good investments in the long term.

If your wedding has a strong Indian theme, then definitely opt for a sherwani or shirt, trouser and bandhgala combo. Sophisticated and timeless without being boring, you can personalise each with accessories like statement buttons or a brooch. These too can be matched to complement your partner’s outfit.

Cocktail night

dress for groom

You want something that’s comfortable and lets you move freely on the dance floor. Pick a shirt  in a dark jewel tone like maroon or deep blue, which will look great under the lights. Alternatively, look sharp and edgy in a black shirt paired with a black suit.

Final touches:

Let’s not forget the little details that makes wedding ensembles more memorable. For example, echo your partner’s outfit in the shade of your tie or pocket square. Get your wedding dates monogrammed onto your suit linings. Add subtle signature elements like patterned socks, a watch that belonged to someone who’s important to you, cufflinks and tie pins that showcase your sensibilities, your partners favorite flower in your boutonniere, etc. Work with the theme and partners look for a well-turned out look. And yes, consider getting made to measure suits for all the men in the wedding party – your groomsmen, father, siblings, important relatives etc. This way, everyone has their best look forward.

As you can see, there are umpteen options for the man who wants to look his best on his big day. You can opt for Tailorman Wedding Services if you want to dress up the entire wedding party, so that even the groomsmen look on-point.

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autumn winter trends 2019

For every man who likes to wear what’s in, there are ten who like to play it safe and repeat tried and tested looks. Therefore, trend reports always carry the risk of being totally ignored or being seen as amusing articles that needn’t be taken seriously. However, some of the most popular trends channelled through the Autumn/Winter collections from around the world for 2019 are extremely wearable. Here we give you six that any man can pull off:

1) Men in black


Tailored suits are appealing on their own but the complete Men In Black look that was channelled on the ramps of Saint Laurent, Celine, and Thom Browne is an easy trend to adopt. Think tailored black suit with a white shirt and a skinny black tie. So simple, and yet so easy to replicate. If you’re lean, then this ensemble will look especially flattering on you.

2) Oversized suits


On the other end of the spectrum, we have the oversized suit trend that was showcased on the ramps of Marni, Prada and Fendi. This is in keeping with the boxy/oversized trend that has been going strong for a while now. The best part is that you can layer oversized suit jackets over hoodies to take it to streetstyle territory.

3) Pink


One of the most endearing trends this season is the embracing of pink with abandon as shown by designers like Berluti, Boss and Kenzo, to name a few. And it’s not a particular shade of pink, it’s all of it – light pink, blush, salmon, magenta, neon, watermelon, rose, etc. That being said, magenta is the hottest pink of the lot. When it comes to incorporating it into your looks, we’re not talking about using pink only as an accent color; instead it’s tip to toe pink for the boldest trendsetters. If that feels too loud for your taste, just add a dash of pink in the form of a pink tie, pink shirt, socks, or pocket square.

4) Monochrome


Take a break from all those dark colors in your autumn/winter wardrobe, and go for a tip to toe neutral look. Fenid, Burberry, Ami and Louis Vuitton were some of the designers that put this look in their collections – think entire ensembles including accessories in a single shade, be it beige, off white or grey. Choose camel, a sophisticated grown-up color, that’ll suit most skin tones, especially Indian skin tones. Accessorise a camel suit and shirt combo with camel accessories, or accent it with dark brown leather shoes and bags.

5) Vintage florals


Florals are guaranteed to come every season, though in different avatars. This season, it’s all about vintage florals, as showcased by Vetements, Loewe and Gucci menswear collections. Think retro florals in muted or bright colors. Add floral print shirts to your wardrobe this fall. Pair it with plaid trousers or layer it under chunky cardigans to really pay homage to this trend.

6) Parkas over suits


Take a page from Berluti, Givenchy and Dunhill, and layer your suit with a parka instead of an overcoat, when the weather gets cold. At once utilitarian and stylish, this looks especially striking if you pair a sombre suit with a vibrant parka. For those who want to play it safe, stick to a black or navy parkas.

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dress code for entrepreneurs

“Dress like the entrepreneur everybody wants to invest in.”

The hoodie-black-T-shirt-jeans look that tech entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg made iconic has been the unofficial uniform for entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem for a while now. But many have come to realize that curating your look, dressing up and expressing yourself, and by extension your brand, speaks volumes.

The power dressing code today is much like an unspoken language. You want to stand out but also keep in mind that potential clientele are still looking for an ambitious, visionary, goal-oriented professional and not just a finely dressed dandy.

As an entrepreneur and founder of your company, you have the power to shape your dress code and make a strong first impression.  Since you are an extension of your brand and what it stands for, what you choose to wear becomes a representation of your brand too.

Start with corporate wardrobe basics

Getting your essentials right is the first step. Power isn’t just showcased in wearing something sombre, but rather defining the look that provides maximum self-expression, a feeling of confidence and competence.

A classic navy blue or charcoal grey suit is the backbone of every man’s wardrobe. Two piece options make you look sharp and classy. Glen plaids and pin stripe patterned suits can give you a break from the solids, while still being conventional enough for office wear. Let’s not forget a classic black suit for formal evening events either.

A pair of chinos or wool-flannel trousers are must-haves, along with classic dress pants. Aside from your crisp white dress shirts, try light blues, greys, pink and lilac shirts too. For patterned shirt options, go for pinstripes, graph checks and small (think tiny) repeat patterns.

These safe, time tested wardrobe staples can be relied on to take you through meetings with clients and investors.

Add semi-casual and casual elements

Now that you have your basics covered, it’s time to introduce high-lo styling, with an emphasis on comfort. Running a company is hard enough, don’t add to the stress by being uncomfortable. Mix things up with plain t-shirts and turtlenecks, preferably in neutral shades, dark wash denims, chinos, casual shirts, and versatile blazers.

Good quality T-shirts and turtlenecks are good throw-on items which will match anything you own in your workwear wardrobe, from suits to blazer and denim looks.

Dark wash denims and chinos can be your go-to option for Friday dressing. Stick to regular fits and dark washes when it comes to denims instead of opting for something in a trendy skinny fit with a strong fade.

Casual shirts worn to work should ideally be in neutral tones, but with bolder details like plaids, ginghams or conversation prints. These will still look like part of your workwear while holding their own.

Knit blazers are a wardrobe staple that will help you navigate transitional weather, and a better work wear alternative to casual jackets. Navy blue blazers are one of those pieces that every man should own and they can be effortlessly styled to go from boardrooms to pubs.

You can wear looks interspersed with casual elements for your day to day operations and weekend outings.

Don’t forget accessories

Your formal corporate wardrobe should have a collection of complementary ties, pocket squares and socks. Think neutral colors, and tiny repeat patterns. Similarly, don’t forget to keep a pair or two of formal Oxford shoes in black and burgundy brown and matching leather belts. You can still show off your unique sense of style with statement ties, pocket squares, watches, tie pins and cufflinks.

Show off your playful side on Fridays and weekends by accessorising smart with a powerful man bag, funky coloured pair of socks, and white sneakers. If you want to break out your expensive digital watch, this is your chance. They add extra pizzazz to your look. Add leather boots and monk strap shoes for semi-formal occasions too.

Tailored clothes and subtle design elements

The new power dress code is a refined take on the uber masculine style from previous decades. Think less bold shoulders and more fine tailoring – a look that is at once modern, sharp and sensuous. Subtle design elements like your choice in buttons, fabrics and lining, can amplify your appearance and show off your eye for detail.

Ultimately what matters is to be the best version of yourself.  When you look good, you feel great and you perform better. The key to dressing as a startup founder is to dress yourself in a way that expresses your true self, while adhering to the expectation of others. And allow it to change, and evolve with you as your company grows.

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black tie optional dress code

‘Black-tie optional’ is one of those formal dress codes that creates more doubt than clarity. What was once invented to make party-goers feel more liberated with flexible choices in their formal dressing, has become the cause of a slew of panicked questions at the sight of the phrase on an invite;”What color suit to choose?””Do I need to wear a tux?””What does optional mean?” “Do I need a cummerbund?” What IS a cummerbund?”

Ironically in the Art Deco period of 1920’s famously known as the ‘The Roaring Twenties’ or ‘The Jazz Age’, King Edward VII had passed on, and the far more conservative George V was making his mark in an attempt to reintroduce the formality his father had let slide in the courts. Edward VII had swapped his tailcoat for a blue silk smoking jacket with matching trousers, made by Henry Poole & Co. of Savile Row. It provided the monarch with a more comfortable alternative to the formality of evening tails.

It was Edward VII’s inspired loosening that eventually morphed into the birth of black-tie in 1885 among the well-to-do. This black-tie suit style was then adopted by members of the Tuxedo Club in New York.

Back then it was easy to decipher what black or white tie meant. Today, with when we enjoy a more relaxed  dress codes, it’s a tangled mess left upto the majority of men trying to decode what exactly the invite means. Therefore, we have compiled an informative guide from experts from around the world regarding everything you need to know about black-tie optional.

What does black-tie optional mean?

A simple definition of black-tie optional is that the host of an event is planning on wearing standard black-tie and hopes that their guests try to adhere to that as well, though it isn’t necessarily required.

The “Optional” is for men who don’t own traditional black-tie ensembles. It’s a judgment-free acceptance that not all men certainly own or can afford one. If you wish to wear a standard black-tie outfit for a black-tie optional event, you’re perfectly welcome to do so. The fact is that these black-tie optional events are a good opportunity to wear your occasion wear in accordance with all the traditional rules of proper black-tie. Although it’s safe to note that the “optional” part in the dress code shouldn’t be an excuse to dress down parts of a conventional tuxedo or incorporate other less formal elements.

What to wear to a black-tie optional event?

In a broad sense the dress code calls for a dark suit, a white shirt, a dark conservative tie, dark over the calf socks, black leather shoes, and maybe a few conservative accessories.

Suit: The dark suit should be very dark to stay on par with the black tuxedos and to maintain the decorum of the black tie event. Charcoal and midnight blue are also great alternatives. Solid coloured suits are your best choice, though faint patterns such as a light and broad windowpane could be acceptable. Two piece or three piece, single or double-breasted would work.

Shirts: For a significant contrast with a dark suit a white shirt is ideal for black-tie optional events. It’s best to avoid any other colours as it would be too informal for such an event.

Neckwear: The neckwear worn should be dark and solid instead of patterned. A black necktie could be worn but black bow ties should be avoided with dark suits. Keep that for tuxedos. To choose wisely instead of a black necktie you could go with burgundy, navy, a very dark forest green, or dark plum.

Footwear: Simple and classic black Oxfords are your best bet. Black derby shoes, if conservatively styled, could also work. The part that gives you most range in choice and flexibility would be in your accessories. Cufflinks can be silver, gold or any other solid coloured metal and they could feature designs and subtle embellishments.

What to avoid at a black-tie optional event

  • Light-coloured suits: Black-tie optional events take place in the evening and a suit in light grey or khaki would definitely not cut it.
  • Going without a tie: It’s simple, a black-tie event requires you to wear a tie. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bow tie or a neck tie, but you need to wear one.
  • Odd jackets and trousers: If you choose to be creative by wearing khakis or lighter hues with a mix and match blazer, they are simply too casual for an affair involving tuxedos.
  • Crazy socks: Socks in bright bold colours, funky patterns can be saved for a more casual event. For black tie-optional events, keep your socks the same colour as your trousers.

Understanding different invitation requirements

  • White tie or full dress: Wear a white wing-collar pique shirt, crisp white pique vest, white tie, classic black trousers with formal satin stripe, black tailcoat and black patent shoes.
  • Black tie: Wear a classic tuxedo with white shirt, dark vest or cummerbund and black tie. Accessorise with black patent shoes.
  • Black tie preferred: This generally means formal evening attire. Black tuxedo, white dinner jacket or dark tuxedo (no tailcoats). Non-formal dress suits are acceptable but not preferred.
  • Black tie optional: Not as rigid about formal attire as “black tie” or “black tie preferred.” Still, formal dress is appropriate and acceptable, including black tuxedo and dark contemporary-style tuxedos.
  • Black tie invited: This means that you are welcome to dress in formal attire if you like, but it is not required.
  • Semi-formal: Allows tuxedo or dinner jacket.

Finally it comes down to this. For someone who doesn’t own a tuxedo and chooses not to rent one, a black tie-optional event is your best friend. You can utilise your existing wardrobe, minimise your expense and still look like a million bucks when you’re at an event amongst the tuxedo-wearing masses. Just make sure that your suit’s well-fitted(ideally made to measure), brushed and dry-cleaned and that your whole look comes together to create a memorable impression. 

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(Model wears art deco inspired Tailorman Silk Brocade Tuxedo)

It’s safe to say that 2019 is turning out to be a year of self-expression. We live in a time where diversity, questioning of standards of aesthetics and beauty, sustainability, and buzzwords like genderless and ageless, are all being echoed on runways and off it, all of which point to a paradigm shift in  public opinion.

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A guide to some seriously stylish and mindfully curated wardrobe options for 2019

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The black tie dress code has always been in vogue. And with the party season upon us, there’s reason to bring out all the bells and whistles. Follow our lead to don a suit or tuxedo for the next formal event on your calendar. We’ll even show you how to personalize the outfit and contemporise its signature old-world feel.

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