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Suave and Sharp: The Dress Code for a Black Tie Affair

With holiday soirees just around the corner, your dress code should show confidence, charm and good taste. Here are our editors’ top picks for a suave and sharp look.

December 7, 2021

A FIRM HAND 

Photo: Hermes

Crafted in Tadelakt and Swift calfskin, this chunky Hermès bracelet from the autumn/winter 2021 collection adds a hint of cool factor to any outfit – yet it’s versatile enough to take you from the boardroom to the ballroom.
Available in-store at Hermès 

 

HIGH TIME 

Photo: Wristcheck

An immaculate tux needs a significant timepiece to match. Purveyor of pre-owned luxury watches Wristcheck houses some of the world’s rarest collectors’ pieces, including this Patek Philippe annual calendar chronograph, featuring an 18K rose gold case and a bezel studded with 36 baguette-cut diamonds for extra luxe appeal.
Available at wristcheck.com 

 

 

ARTFULLY ELEGANT 

Photo: Novel Fineries

Known for its wearable art pieces, all handcrafted using Su embroidery techniques, Hong Kong-based Novel Fineries’ pocket square replicates the beauty and intricacy of the wings of Amazonian butterflies to make a powerful style statement.
Available at novelfineries.com 

 

MULTI-FACETED  

Photo: Dunhill

If the classic patent Oxford isn’t quite for you, the less-formal Duke Facet Derby from Dunhill’s autumn/winter 2021 collection is a charming option. They’re crafted in calfskin leather lining and feature a detachable strap inspired by automotive seatbelt design.
Available in-store at Dunhill 

 

OFF THE CUFF 

Photo: Paul Smith

A little playfulness goes a long way, especially when it comes to dressing dapper and proper – but certainly not boring. Paul Smiths rectangular cufflinks feature striped fabric detailing in a melange of exuberant colours with a whole lot of personality.
Available in-store at Paul Smith  

 

SOLAR POWER 

Photo: Tom Ford

Amber woody freshness and spicy peppercorn transition into lingering black honey and leather smokiness in Tom Ford’s latest gender-neutral fragrance, Soleil Brûlant. A spritz is all it takes to transport you to a sun-kissed oasis.
Available at lanecrawford.com  

 

A CUT ABOVE  

Photo: Il Sarto

At the heart of every black-tie look is a timeless tuxedo that’s tailored to perfection. One of Hong Kong’s oldest tailors, Il Sarto handcrafts this black shawl lapel tuxedo jacket in wool. Featuring clean, sleek lines, it’s styled with a crisp white semi-cutaway cotton shirt and a black silk bowtie for a cohesively elegant look.
Available in-store at Il Sarto 

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