LET Loose THE Leather

Esquire (USA) - - The Best New Restaurant­s 2019 - —Daniel Du­mas

Does the idea of don­ning a full tux to at­tend a for­mal gala

make you want to gag on a canapé? If so, con­sider ditch­ing

the tra­di­tional tuxedo jacket for leather. Ad­mit­tedly, this is an ex­tremely ad­vanced style move best re­served for very spe­cific

sit­u­a­tions (yes: red car­pet at the Gram­mys; no: the No­bel Prize ban­quet), but it can be pulled off. The nu­cleus of the

outfit is—sur­prise!—the jacket. Opt for a model that’s jet­black and ex­tremely clean, like the biker from Dolce & Gab­bana

at left. Ground it with a pair of tra­di­tional tuxedo trousers and

pep­per in a gen­er­ous help­ing of out­side-the-black-tie ac­ces­sories: sil­ver bracelets, Chelsea boots, maybe a bolo tie. Then hit the party. It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re a desk jockey by day— you’ll be a rock star that night.

1.

GIVE YOUR WEEK­END RIDER THE NIGHT OFF.

That badass

grime-covered

Schott Perfecto you

wear while rip­ping

around on your

Du­cati? Leave it

at home for

black-tie events.

2.

NOT ALL LEATHER IS CRE­ATED EQUAL.

Your jacket should

be made from a

lighter leather, like

goatskin. You’ll

keep warm out­side

yet stay cool inside—

even tear­ing up

the dance floor.

3. THE JACKET IS AN IN­VEST­MENT OP­POR­TU­NITY.

After the party,

your new luxe leather

can be worn with

jeans, with khakis,

with any­thing, re­ally.

As the years go

by, it’ll look bet­ter

with age.

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