A Guide to New Year’s Eve Parties

So many parties to attend, so many dress codes to follow.  In a highly fashionably city like our home base of New York, the question of what to wear is always in the back of our heads.  We thought about it in-depth because, well, fashion is sort of what we do!  We’ve come up with some essential party looks, and we’d like to share why we love them and how someone can make them work.

BLACK TIE

Here is your chance to look like the gentleman you are!  For many, wearing a tux does not come often enough in a year.  So, if you get an invitation requesting for such, go for it all-out!  For those of you who wear it often, you know there are great fabrics and tone-on-tone patterns that everyone knows about.  And even our favorite, 100% super 210s wool can get a little safe and uninspiring.  If turning heads is in your agenda for the night, we suggest upgrading the black tux for a midnight blue one.  Very elegant, understated and yet highly fashionable.  Or, if you want to stay classic in black for this, the last ball of the year, opt for something like in the picture up above, a contrasting but complimentary color combination in the tie and lapel.  You will look like someone pulled you off the runway.

Keep the shirt fly front with stubble studs so that your lapel takes center stage.  For a last-minute outfit, spice up your black tux by adding a coordinating cummerbund and bow tie set.

As for why we love it?  It’s a classic look with just enough party attitude.

VELVET DINNER JACKET

Thanks goodness this piece makes an appearance every year, and most definitely every time we think “fantastic parties in cold weather.”  Our pick, a single-breasted jacket with a shawl lapel.  Remember that the color palette for this is best left to rich red wine burgundies, navy blues, eggplant purples, jet black and any variety of gray.  Simple single-breasted jackets with a shawl lapel and welted pockets seem to polish off the cut beautifully.  You simply must pick a great pocket square (this, of all nights, is not the one to hold back on).  And a fly front studded shirt will keep you on that très chic line of thinking.  And don’t forget the bow tie, the icing on the cake!  Keep the pants a clean, straight cut and enjoy all the compliments you get.

ROCK STAR

Now, for those of you with more of a club scene in mind (remember, it is New Year’s Eve and you must look superb no matter what type of party you’ll be rocking), for this we love a fun dinner jacket with beaded lapels like the ones on this dinner jacket in the above picture.  Since this is a more irreverent look, ditch the dress shirt for a contrasting T-shirt instead.

TROPICAL CELEBRATION

Now there are some lucky ones out there who skipped the cold weather and opted for a tropical resort celebration (kudos to you, by the way).  For you, the timeless nautical look could not be more appropriate.  And why?  Because in boiling hot weather, white is just great at deflecting the heat while glowing in the sunshine.  And the navy jacket gives it a more late night kind of look, while a silk blend will give the last sophisticated touches to this pairing.

A very nice pair of loafers will complement the look.  Think about those Fratelli Rossetti shoes that have a terry cloth lining and are good for hot weather!

At any rate, no matter what you wear, we hope you enjoy the parties, the good company and the compliments.  And above all, have a joyous 2012!

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