Spring/Summer Gala and social event season is getting underway and as the invitations to attend this or that event begins to come in, you need to make the scene looking gala ready. Whether your event calls for business casual, cocktail attire, cocktail (festive), black tie, or otherwise it may often times be a daunting task to put a look together and thats why we asked stylist Jordan Grossman of Exclusive Artists for some guidance in decoding the dress code. His styling expertise has graced magazine covers, ad campaigns and red carpets. Decoding the dress code for menswear with Jordan’s suggestions will make you stand out and make the scene, looking, as they say GQ from head to toe, clean!
Cocktail attire leaves lots of room to add a personal touch. For example go with a nice pair of fitted black or grey trousers and add a subtle color blazer on top (maroon, blues or dark green). Try and steer away from black. Stick with a solid white collared shirt underneath to balance out the color of the jacket. Finish off the look with a nice pair of brogues or oxfords.
Ted baker Saturn Patterned suit jacket// Richard James Brown brogues // CANALI straight fit trousers // BOSS ‘T-Christo’ | Slim Fit, Spread Collar
Stressing the importance of a tailored jacket. A tweed blazer or sports coat can always add a bit of sophistication to your look. This can be worn either with a v-neck sweater and a button down underneath or just a cotton button down. Make sure to stick with neutral colors that wont draw too much attention. Finish the look off with a dark pair of skinny jeans and loafers.
AMI ALEXANDRE MATTIUSSI v-neck sweater//ASOS Slim Fit Blazer In Tweed// Naked & Famous SkinnyGuy Indigo Power Stretch //ZARA Long sleeve shirt
Velvet blazers are currently the new black blazer. Selecting a dark blue, maroon or a black blazer will keep you up to date with the current trends. Never wear an entire velvet suit! Stick with a pair of fitted black pants with a neat hem. Be sure to stick with a turn down collar shirt. I would steer away from the pocket square as the velvet is your fashion statement. A black silk bowtie can top off your look. Finish off the look with a pair of patent loafers or lace ups.
Black Tie Optional-
A dark colored suit always translates as dressed up. Stick with a shinier fabric instead of a matte fabric. Always skip button downs that have button down collars. A dark blue suit with a lighter colored blue dress shirt underneath. Stick with a pair of patent dress shoes in brown or black.
A dark grey matted suit can be paired with a lighter blue or white dress shirt. Pair with a cool patterned tie and pocket square. Finish off with a pair of brown oxfords.
Loake Monro Oxford //Altea For Haberdash OAK CIRCLE FLORAL POCKET SQUARE// Burma Bibas Diamond Paisley Silk Tie //Hackett Slim Fit ‘Mayfair’ shirt // Suitsupply Grey Lazio suit
A dark pair of fitted jeans. A casual button down adding a v-neck sweater over it. Finishing off with a pair of loafers.
Ralph Lauren Pima Cotton V-Neck Sweater // Tod’s ‘Gommino’ driving shoes// Public School Slim Fit Jeans (Black) // Billy Reid Tuscumbia Light Azure Check