The Handbook - How To Guides
31 Days: Style Tips and Tricks
Volume 3

All the tips and tricks needed to shape up for 2011. Each day brings new, expert advice on how to look your best and live life to the fullest, while having a little fun doing it.


A Black Tie Investment

It's a difficult argument to make, we realize, but there's something to be said for owning your own tuxedo. It's the type of guy we should all aspire to be—prepared for any situation—who shows up looking dapper yet comfortable. "There's a certain ease and confidence that comes with wearing your own tuxedo," says Jack O'Connor, Men's Style Director for J.Crew. "You have the freedom to take it to your own tailor so it can truly fit your body. After all, you want it to feel as great as your best suit." Here, the man who styled this black tie look (along with the inspiring looks in the company's catalogs), offers some tips to avoid the dated accessories and details that usually come with a rental.


"Swap the patent leather shoes for a pair of polished plain toe black oxfords."

"A pressed, white, point collar shirt is more modern. And it's an acceptable (and welcome) substitute for the traditional pleated tuxedo shirt."

"A black satin bow tie is all you'll ever really need. Remember, pre-tied bow ties are not cool."

"For a more cleaned up and tailored look, skip the cummerbund and vest."

Italian peak lapel tuxedo jacket, $495 and pants, $235 at J.Crew



Want more tips from O'Connor? In the same spirit of 31 Days, he's pulled together his list of resolutions: "It's a simple checklist for looking and feeling more pulled together in 2011."


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