How to wear a tuxedo like an Oscar winner
Five tips to master black tie this party season, from the artistic director at Ascots & Chapels.February 23, 2015
Last night saw the great and the good of Hollywood don their most formal of evening wear and come together to celebrate the 87th Academy Awards.
The big winners on the night were Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel, with the former winning the Best Picture prize. However, the evening's stand-out star was British actor Eddie Redmayne, who not only claimed the Best Actor Oscar for his role in The Theory of Everything, but managed to do it in quite some style, wearing a classic dark blue tuxedo, white shirt and black bow tie.
While the a tuxedo-worthy event such as the Oscars is only a once-a-year gig, here in the Middle East, cocktail parties, soirees, launch events and private invitations fill our diaries from now until the onset summer, and therefore understanding the black-tie look is extremely important for the style-consious partygoer.
Redmayne's simple style may look easy to replicate, but as we all know, what looks effortless is often the result of knowhow. But never fear, because we asked Ascots & Chapels’ artistic director, Mahir Ali, for his tips on how to master an Oscar-worthy tux:
Dress for the occasion
Having an idea of when you’ll be wearing your tuxedo can solve a lot of issues. Are you planning on wearing it on the red carpet? Is it something you will be wearing regularly through the party season? Will it be during the daytime, or in the evening? All of these details can throw up innumerable options and details to consider.
Of course, if you are wearing it for an event as special as an award ceremony, that's the time to go all out, whereas if you think you will be wearing it a few times in the space of a couple of months, something slightly more understated is more appropriate. Don’t let the tux wear you
Buying designer options, even su misura, can be a nice indulgence, but quite often there is minimal room for adjustments to fit your body shape. There is a tendency for the dinner jacket to reflect the designer’s aesthetic more than it does your own. For example, a chic tux from Etro or Paul Smith, are both stylish, but often have more quirk than the average guy can handle.
Black tie can be flexible
As formal as it sounds, there are ways of adding a touch of colour to your tux, while still keeping things classy. A midnight-blue tuxedo with contrasting black lapels - as Eddie Redmayne wore so well - is very on trend as it offers a modern and sleek look with a lot of personality. If you’re looking for something more ‘traditional’ yet colourful, opt for a three-piece tux, teamed with a silk jacquard vest in a dull gold, sky blue or off-white. Tailor-made approach can be used to personalise
With a tailor-made tuxedo, you have room to play with the design and explore far beyond the traditional two-button-notch-lapel. For instance, slimming the lapels, shortening their length or having minimal satin trimming along the jacket and trouser, can work well to co-ordinate the design. For bolder types, the use of monogramming, contrasting button-holes and bespoke lining for jackets can bring out personality in the most subtle manner possible.
And finally... how to not look like a waiter
- Opt for peaked or shawl lapels only.
- Try a midnight blue instead of black.
- Wear a one-button jackets, not three.
- Wear a silk pocket square.
- No clip-ons, tie your own tie.
- Stop bringing people drinks!
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