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December 9, 2014

Gents’ Top 10 New Year’s Eve Must-Have Styles

Even though it’s still a few weeks away, it’s time to take a break from thinking about gift giving and think about finishing the holiday season off with a bang - on New Year’s Eve, of course. A “bang” can mean something different for everyone, we know. Perhaps you are going all out to a black-tie affair. Or maybe you’re heading to a great restaurant or bar for a party. Or heading to a friend’s house for cocktails and board games. However you plan on celebrating, let your outfit reflect the good times ahead. And don’t let it sneak up on you. This is the one night of the year, in particular, where being a little bold (yet still fashionable) is not only acceptable, it’s expected. Play with color, pattern, and texture. We have some perfect picks to make you look good and feel great (though, the New Year’s Eve cocktails may help with that part).
Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. Let the countdown begin!
http://www.josephabboud.com/mens-suits-clothing/suits/limited-edition-newburyport-navy-multistripe-modern-fit-suit-32K432K531#pgp
1. The Sharp Suit. Joseph Abboud, one of our favorite menswear designers, is back with a limited edition, on-line only, collection. Calling this navy classic stripe suit “sharp” is an understatement. The narrower lapels and hacking pockets (diagonally cut flap pockets) on the jacket make this a great New Year’s Eve suit. The fit is contemporary and looks great with a spread collar white shirt and a dressy blue or burgundy tie. The whole look is simply timeless, yet updated – an investment that will last you well beyond New Year’s Eve.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-flynn-classic-fit-stripe-suit/3723477 Peter Millar - Flynn Classic Fit Stripe Suit
Peter Millar - Flynn Classic Fit Stripe Suit
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Peter Millar - Flynn Classic Fit Stripe Suit
Flynn Classic Fit Stripe Suit
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1. The Sharp Suit. When you buy a new suit for New Year’s Eve, its great when it’s a style that you can also wear throughout winter, like this one. It has just enough pizazz, with it’s very subtle alternating rust color stripe, to make it New Year’s Eve ready - yet not at all flashy. You can wear this to the office or a business dinner with ease. And it’s easy to match with a lot of different shirt and tie combinations. For this occasion, a blue/white stripe dress shirt and coordinating striped tie are the ideal compliments.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/z-zegna-trim-fit-grey-plaid-wool-suit/3768979 Z Zegna - Trim Fit Grey Plaid Wool Suit
Z Zegna - Trim Fit Grey Plaid Wool Suit
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Z Zegna - Trim Fit Grey Plaid Wool Suit
Trim Fit Grey Plaid Wool Suit
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1. The Sharp Suit. Another distinguished option is this Z Zegna suit. The fit of this designer suit is modern, with a trimmer pant that has a narrow leg, as is the case with most suits these days. The combination of the clean fit, and the deep subtle charcoal plaid wool fabrication makes it a simple choice for a dressier celebration – like dinner at a premiere restaurant. Wear with a white shirt and solid dark tie to complete your polished look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/canali-classic-fit-wool-mohair-tuxedo/3624385 Canali - Classic Fit Wool/Mohair Tuxedo
Canali - Classic Fit Wool/Mohair Tuxedo
2. The Tuxedo. A tuxedo is a must for those “black tie” New Year’s Eve parties. And, really, what is a tuxedo? It’s simply a suit with a satin lapel and satin stripe on the pants. Like any important suit, it should fit well, be comfortable since dancing is likely and be of a quality that lets you keep it for a long time. In a classic fit, you will never regret investing in this Italian wool/mohair tux from Canali. The fabric and tailoring is simply impeccable. You will enjoy it for many years, and it will easily stand up to the test of time.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_special_shops/BlackTieShop/thejacket/PRDOVR~50676/50676.jsp J. Crew - Ludlow Shawl-collar Tuxedo Jacket
J. Crew - Ludlow Shawl-collar Tuxedo Jacket
2. The Tuxedo. For a contemporary fitting tuxedo, J. Crew does a great job with their black one button, shawl collar tux. While the look is classic, it has a modern twist with its shawl collar and modern cut. The wool fabric is from a well-known Italian mill, Lanificio de Tollegno, and the pants are sold separately so you can get your exact size. You won’t beat the price for this quality, and it feels great on. You’ll feel like James Bond, the 2015 version.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/john-varvatos-star-usa-black-velvet-blazer/3856217 John Varvatos Star USA - Black Velvet Blazer
John Varvatos Star USA - Black Velvet Blazer
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Black Velvet Blazer
John Varvatos Star USA
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3. The Smart Sport Coat. This is the ideal night to bust out a velvet sport coat. And, while absolutely timeless, you will realistically get a few wears out of it a season, since it is fairly memorable. So, you’ll love the price of this John Varvatos Star USA one. More than that, you’ll love the luxe feeling of the black velvet and the contemporary fit that keeps it fresh and modern looking. Treat it like you would any sport coat - pair it with grey wool dress pants for a dressier look, or dark wash jeans for a less formal outfit. Add a tuxedo shirt with or without a formal bow tie (like the one we showed in Clothes & Conversation this week) for a fun finish. Don’t be shy – you will absolutely get use out of this for other events throughout the winter...you’ll see.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sportcoatsandvests/wool/PRDOVR~03737/03737.jsp J. Crew - Ludlow Club Blazer
J. Crew - Ludlow Club Blazer
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Ludlow Club Blazer
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3. The Smart Sport Coat. You’ll never go wrong with a stylish navy blazer. J. Crew’s Ludlow body is a modern fit that looks great on most gents, while being trim and updated looking. The Italian wool is beautiful and the quality finishes, like narrower lapels, a double vent, and patch pockets are even better at the J. Crew prices. It can be worn with charcoal wool pants and a white or patterned shirt with a tie for a dressier look, or with dark jeans and a great party shirt for a more casual feel.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/david-donahue-silk-vest/3306374 David Donahue - Silk Vest
David Donahue - Silk Vest
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4. The Vest. A vest is often the ideal stylish finish to a New Year’s Eve look. If you are going the formal route for the evening, you can freshen up the tuxedo you already have in your closet by adding this black satin silk vest from David Donahue. It has a full back with an adjustable back belt, which we prefer over many formal vests that are backless, as it allows you to comfortably remove your jacket if necessary. The fit and look is truly classic.
http://www.josephabboud.com/mens-suits-clothing/formalwear/limited-edition-charcoal-black-slim-fit-shawl-collar-vest-6A056A0677#pgp Joseph Abboud - Limited Edition Charcoal & Black Slim Fit Shawl Collar Vest
Joseph Abboud - Limited Edition Charcoal & Black Slim Fit Shawl Collar Vest
4. The Vest. If you’re not going black tie, a vest is still an easy way to incorporate some festive style. Sure, you can wear this one with a tuxedo, but it looks incredibly cool with a black velvet or wool sport coat, or even on its own. Pair it with a tuxedo shirt or just a simple white button up shirt. Wool pants look just as good as dark jeans. And it all really pops this vintage inspired, charcoal jacquard fabric and shawl collar from Joseph Abboud’s new contemporary fitting collection. This one is limited edition, so it won't be around long.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Robert-Graham-Redzone-Check-Sport-Shirt-Wine/prod173360142_cat21150732__/p.prod Robert Graham - Redzone Check Sport Shirt
Robert Graham - Redzone Check Sport Shirt
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Redzone Check Sport Shirt
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5. The Patterned Sport Shirt. For many New Year’s Eve celebrations, a fantastic sport shirt with a pair of dark jeans is all you need. And for that, Robert Graham always delivers with his amazing patterns and signature contrast collar and cuff fabrications. The deep navy and wine color combination of this pick feels just right for a night like this, and of course, will work for any night out.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Theory-Zack-PS-Plaid-Shirt/prod175570042_cat21150732__/p.prod Theory - Zack PS Plaid Shirt
Theory - Zack PS Plaid Shirt
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Zack PS Plaid Shirt
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5. The Patterned Sport Shirt. Make a sophisticated, dark patterned shirt the core item in your New Year’s Eve outfit by going with this contemporary fitting lush wine colored shirt from Theory. The subtle plaid provides the right amount of interest and looks great with anything from a navy, charcoal or black suit to a pair of dark jeans with a solid sweater or sport coat.
http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=42669636&pg=1&parentPage=family Polo Ralph Lauren - Lighweight Wool Turtleneck
Polo Ralph Lauren - Lighweight Wool Turtleneck
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Lighweight Wool Turtleneck
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6. The Turtleneck. Turtlenecks have returned to the world of men’s fashion and are a great item for New Year’s Eve, creating an instantly modern look that is so simple. This black extra-fine merino wool turtleneck from Polo Ralph Lauren looks great under a sport coat or on its own with a black or charcoal grey wool pant or a dark wash jean. The classic fit works on everyone, and everyone is going to love the sale price.
http://www.uniqlo.com/us/product/men-cashmere-turtle-neck-sweater-126138.html UNIQLO - Men Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater
UNIQLO - Men Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater
6. The Turtleneck. Have you tried UNIQLO yet? The brand started in 1984 in Japan, creating classic fashion at great prices, and opened its first store in the US in 2005. It’s been building momentum ever since for good reason. They are not kidding about the great prices for classic pieces. This 100% cashmere turtleneck (which comes in other colors, too – just click through the “shop it” button to see them all) works with jeans, sport coats, suits and dress pants. The contemporary fit and design won’t put much of a dent in your wallet, either. Now, that’s a nice way to bring in the New Year.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/34-heritage-charisma-relaxed-fit-jeans-midnight-cashmere/3683496 34 Heritage - Charisma Relaxed Fit Jeans
34 Heritage - Charisma Relaxed Fit Jeans
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Charisma Relaxed Fit Jeans
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7. The Dark Jeans. The answer to almost any outfit these days. If you haven’t found a comfortable pair yet, because you are looking for a bit of a higher rise and more room in the waist, seat, and thigh, 34 Heritage has solved that problem for you. It’s just the relaxed fit you are looking for, with the updated look that every gent requires for his jeans. The dark wash instantly dresses up your jeans, and looks great with all of your sweaters, sport coats and button down shirts.
http://www.eastdane.com/matchbox-jack-wash-slim-straight/vp/v=1/1560958906.htm AG Jeans - Matchbox Slim Straight Jeans
AG Jeans - Matchbox Slim Straight Jeans
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Matchbox Slim Straight Jeans
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7. The Dark Jeans. On the contemporary side, one of our favorites is AG’s dark wash in their Matchbox Slim model. It is modern with a lower rise and narrow leg that is far from super skinny, so it looks great on most gents. The fabric has a little stretch which adds to the comfort and fit. These are the universal update that you’ll reach for year round.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/santorelli-flat-front-windowpane-trousers/3700245 Santorelli - Flat Front Windowpane Trousers
Santorelli - Flat Front Windowpane Trousers
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Flat Front Windowpane Trousers
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8. The Dapper Trousers. We can’t just be a party on the top, can we? A sophisticated patterned pair of wool pants can be the anchor for a great New Year’s Eve outfit, too. Santorelli’s subtle windowpane pattern on a navy wool ground is purely classic style with a solid navy or charcoal cardigan - a pullover sweater looks just as good. You can even add a white shirt and tie for a polished look. These pants, which also come in grey, have a bit of stretch in them, so you know you’ll be comfortable all night long.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/%27t-crigan-w%27-regular-fit%2C-italian-virgin-wool-and-silk-blend-pants/hbna50271569.html BOSS Hugo Boss - T-Crigan-W Italian Virgin Wool and Silk Blend Pants
BOSS Hugo Boss - T-Crigan-W Italian Virgin Wool and Silk Blend Pants
8. The Dapper Trousers. We are seriously into these grey wool and silk tweed pants from Hugo Boss. The fit is modern, so it looks great on most gents. But it’s the white flecks in the tweed that really win us over. It instantly rev’s up your look without getting that feeling of being “too” stylish. While they work with any navy or black sweater or blazer, they look great on their own with an interesting white shirt or a simple black button down.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/burberry-london-woven-silk-tie/3637358 Burberry London - Woven Silk Tie
Burberry London - Woven Silk Tie
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Woven Silk Tie
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9. The “Party” Tie. For New Year’s Eve, our preference is to go with something dark and sophisticated. And you’ll never go wrong with a Burberry plaid. The deep grey/black combination classes up any charcoal, navy or black suit or sport coat. Since New Year’s Eve is such a fun night, you can even wear it with your tuxedo (though we wouldn’t recommend doing this for a wedding or business event).
http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=00505036263424 Alexander Olch - Plaid Bow Tie
Alexander Olch - Plaid Bow Tie
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Plaid Bow Tie
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9. The “Party” Tie. What can we say? If there is ever a night to have some fun with your tie choice, it is New Year’s Eve. Alexander Olch is one of our favorite neckwear designers and this blue plaid wool bow tie is just the splash of fun any navy or grey suit or blazer can use. If the night is casual, wear it with a cardigan sweater and dark jeans. Don’t worry about a perfectly tied bow. It should look hand tied. Just try your best and get out there.
http://www.zappos.com/to-boot-new-york-newcomb-black To Boot New York - Newcomb Chukka Boots
To Boot New York - Newcomb Chukka Boots
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Newcomb Chukka Boots
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10. The Debonair Shoes. New Year’s Eve is a time to look up-to-date and celebratory. That applies to shoes, too, and we can make that happen by taking some new pieces, like these chukka style dress boots from To Boot New York and pairing them with your classic suit or sport coat for a modern look. Of course, they work equally well with dark jeans. These boots feature a smooth leather upper and a lugged sole, so dealing with the unpredictable weather conditions on New Year’s Eve just got a whole lot easier.
http://www.zappos.com/donald-j-pliner-rex-black-nappa-stretch Donald J Pliner - Rex Shoes
Donald J Pliner - Rex Shoes
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Rex Shoes
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10. The Debonair Shoes. Donald J Pliner updates the loafer in one of the best interpretations we’ve seen all season. The polished nappa leather – so soft and comfortable – and clean, sleek styling is endlessly versatile. They truly work with any New Year’s Eve outfit. They are polished enough to wear with your tux, yet modern and weighty enough to work with your suit or even your dark jeans. They are simply a great pair of shoes and one of our favorites.
 

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