Now that December's here, there's no doubt that dressing for a party should be at the very top of your list of sartorial considerations. Looking for some men's party outfit inspiration? Menswear blogger, Raphaël Simacourbe, shows us how he gets ready for formal events.
ON HIS SIGNATURE STYLE
I’d sum up my formal style as simple and efficient, but I always try to look elegant. I like uncomplicated things and I don’t like to wear too much colour. The Chet navy double-breasted tuxedo was a natural choice and looks great when worn with the Ballad navy wool overcoat.
ON STYLE ADVICE
The best piece of style advice that I've ever been given is to not put more than three colours on together in one outfit.
ON CHOOSING A SUIT
The most important thing a man should consider when choosing an outfit for party season is the fit of his suit. If you want a good fabric, a good fit and you want your suit to last, you have to invest in it.
ON STYLING A SUIT
Once you have the perfect suit you can play with different styling options. Go simple with just a suit and shirt without a tie, or if you’re a little dandier I’d recommend wearing your favourite bow-tie with a double-breasted tuxedo.
ON HIS DREAM DINNER PARTY
My family, my girlfriend and my friends would be my dream dinner party guests. Living abroad for the past 4 years means that it would take a lot of effort to have all of these people in the same place at once.
When accessorising choose something discrete and start with the basics. Don’t rush into rings, bracelets and the like. Find that little thing which will make you feel special and that everyone will notice. I'm in love with watches, I have a lot and always change mine according to my style on any given day. Specifically for party season, I always like to wear a tie clip.
ON THE STYLE HE ADMIRES
I love Italian formal style. During Pitti Uomo the men are so well dressed with their perfect outfits in perfect colours, everything matches. My good friend Matthew Zorpas is also someone who knows how to dress like an expert at formal events.
ON THE DRESS CODE
Stick to the dress code. But try to be the one that will be remembered for his style afterwards.