For­mal Wear 101

GQ (Australia) - - THE GQ FASHION -

These days, you can get away with a mid­night blue tux in place of a tra­di­tional black one, but it still pays to be fairly re­served. Daniel Craig has been to more black-tie events than we’ve had hot din­ners, so it comes as lit­tle sur­prise that he nails it every time. For white-tie oc­ca­sions, make like Mr Elba and push the en­ve­lope by adding a waist­coat and swap­ping a reg­u­lar tuxedo jacket for one with tails. Here are a few more point­ers to keep in mind.

Buy, don’t hire.

No one wins friends with a rented tux, which fits like a po­tato sack. In­vest­ing in a tuxedo means it’ll not only last for­ever, but will look a thou­sand times bet­ter on the night.

Get it fit­ted.

Head to a good tai­lor and fol­low the same gen­eral guide as you would for any suit – think shoul­ders, cuffs and pant legs, so it fits you like a glove.

Wear a proper bow tie.

None of those clip-on num­bers, please – and learn how to tie it.

Add a tuxedo shirt.

Turn­down col­lars are for black-tie events and wingtips are for white. Feel free to go for pleated, but steer clear of the full ’70s-style puffy shirt.

Choose cuff­links wisely.

Go for sil­ver, black or white, rather than any­thing too flashy.

Wear the right shoes.

Sock­less vel­vet slip­pers are pop­ping up all over the place, but noth­ing beats a qual­ity pair of black patent leather lace-ups. Give them a good shine be­fore you head out.

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