Get Suited: The New Rules of Formal Dressing

Whether you're dressing for a wedding, or a black or white tie affair, it can be overwhelming. So overwhelming you might just opt for a classic black tux. It may not be your style, and you may feel uncomfortable, but at least you'll fit in, right? 

What if you could bring your whole self to the occasion? Throw caution to the wind? 

Now you can, and it's as easy as 1,2,3. 

Dressing for a New Era: 

  1. Go big, or go home. 

According to bespoke tailor Steve Knorsch of Cad & The Dandy, slim suits are gone, and classic tailored suits are the future. Say yes to broad-shouldered jackets, large lapels, and wide-legged pants that provide a draping effect. 

                Image featuring man in brown suit, black oversized tuxedo jacket, & draped black tuxedo pants

 Supersize Me wasn't just a bad movie- barrel chest, pants with room to move, & oversized lapels are now in style. 

  1. Live in color. 

From jewel tones, pastels, and bright hues, colored suits have reached the forefront. While it may be uncomfortable wearing a color in a sea full of black (at first), the constant compliments will give you second thoughts. 

               Louis Vuitton Spring 2023

Image from Zahire- Namane - Asian man smiling at the camera wearing a burgundy suit.    

Image from Charbel- Aoun - Man in turquoise tuxedo jacket in front of candles                                           

  The classic black tux has had its moment, but it's time to upgrade. 

  1. Elevate with a finishing touch. 

Depending on the event, the sky can be the limit on accessories. A black tie affair? A bow tie is a must, instead of a basic black tie with no character. Try a gorgeous jeweled-toned or printed silk bow tie. Is the event more casual than formal? A pearl or gemstone necklace peeking from a slightly open shirt will add an elegant sparkle to your look. Need a little something extra but over a white rose? A lapel pin that shows off your interests will be the icing on the cake. And, of course, no matter the affair, a one-of-a-kind cufflink and tuxedo stud set will elevate your ensemble handsomely. 

                      Look #1 Burgundy suit, Black dress shirt,  Jan Leslie Diamond Accent Sterling Silver Freshwater Pearl & Black Agate Bead Necklace, Black patent leather tennis shoes.          

Mens look #2 with SIGNATURE PURPLE BEE BOWTIE, black tuxedo, white dress shirt, black patent leather loafers, & Jan Leslie Gemstone Rivet Etched Detail Sterling Silver Cufflinks and Tuxedo Stud Set.

Mens look # 3 with EMERALD BEADED NECKLACE WITH STERLING SILVER ACCENTS AND TOGGLE CLOSURE, Zenga Bright Blue Check Suit, & white dress shirt. Mens look # 4 with HAND PAINTED RAINBOW ENAMEL BUTTERFLY STERLING SILVER LAPEL PIN, Black Tuxedo, White dress shit, & patent leather black sneakers.


The fashion rules for men have evolved. From the post-war templated dress codes: black penguin suits, and black bow ties, fitting in. To post-pandemic: vibrant hues, personality on display, and feeling confident in your own skin. This is a new era of the modern gentleman. 

"The way we dress affects the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act, and the way others react to us." – Julie Rasband.