Heartthrob Daniel Craig, aka 007, looks doubly dashing in a tuxedo, on screen in Skyfall or off. As menswear fashion heads toward more fitted, formal attire for New Years Eve and inaugural festivities, nows the time to add black tie to your closet. Jack OConnor, mens style director at J. Crew, offers a couple of pointers: The jacket should hug the shoulder with a high, close-fitting armhole. Matching slim pants should break slightly above the shoe. Its impossible to get this from a rental, OConnor says.
Here, suggestions for going formal.
Wear a navy velvet jacket with black satin lapels and single-button closure, such as one from Mr Porters Acne evening-wear collection, for a slim, up-to-date look. Underneath, OConnor advises, look for a crisp, white shirt with narrow pleats and a classic point collar, long enough that it stays tucked in when you sit down. Pair with Acnes tapered-fit wool and mohair tuxedo trousers ($450) with side satin stripes. $750 at www.mrporter.com.
A black silk bow tie is the traditional choice, but burgundy adds both color and personality. Note: Forgo the rookie, ready-made bow tie. Learn how to knot one yourself. Mr Porters The Tux iPad application will walk you through every step. Bow tie, $60, also available in black and gray at Brooks Brothers stores and www.brooksbrothers.com.
Mens clothing for women figured large on fall runways, following a long tradition of women poaching from guys closets. Think Chanel and then Yves Saint Laurents le smoking – a black tuxedo for women – introduced in 1966. Pair a Ralph Lauren menswear-inspired jacket with matching pants, or dress it down with denim for casual occasions. $185, www.ralphlauren.com.
Polish off sartorial splendor with a classic scent. Winning over noses of both genders since 1916, the Italian fragrance Acqua di Parma was a favorite of Cary Grant, another actor who knew how to wear a tuxedo with grace and ease. Cardamom, cedar wood and pink pepper added to the original lemon, lavender and rosemary blend give a more potent perfume. Colonia Assoluta, $86 for 1.7 ounces, at select department stores, www.bluemercury.com and www.groominglounge.com.