Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Kanye West Guide to Dressing Down a Tux


For the majority of black-tie occasions, the dress code requires little creative thinking. A classic black tux (or midnight blue of course), cut slim, with a proper bow-tie, suspenders and patent shoes will make you look like a dime piece no sane single person can refuse.
If you feel inspired to mess with tradition, you need to be careful not to ruin a good thing. This Kanye West modification, for instance, still feels classically handsome even though he modernized a few small (but significant) details. Here’s exactly what he held on to and what he changed, should you feel inspired to mix it up at your next formal event.
Swap Out the Shoes. You don’t have to wear patent shoes, but they should be black. Kanye’s suede ankle boots are a bold choice but they work because A) they’re in perfect condition, B) there’s no contrast stitching to speak of.
Keep The Jacket and Pants As-Is. Don’t mess with the suit itself or you’ll be the guy who just looks clueless. We dig Kanye’s shawl collar suit, which has an old-school elegance about it, but notch—or peak—lapel jackets work too.
Mess with The Shirt—Just A Bit. Kanye took a risk ditching the bow-tie while wearing a wing-collar shirt but it works because it's perfectly cut and the collar looks just the slightest bit rumpled. To play it safe try a turn-down collar shirt, styled the same way.
Ditch The Vest or Cummerbund. Plenty of guys skip these pieces in favor of a pair of suspenders nowadays, making this the easiest way to dress down your tux. Some modern tuxedo trousers might come with loops but honestly, a belt kind of ruins the whole look.
Resist The Urge to Further Accessorize. You’ll notice Kanye didn’t add sunglasses, jewelry or a snazzy silk scarf to his look. That’s because he knows that statement accessories are the fastest way to ruin your tuxedo game. The point is to dress it down, not jazz it up.

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