We’re officially in the midst of holiday party month, so no doubt your calendar is filling up with events designed to put you in the festive spirit. What better time to ensure your wardrobe is getting into the swing of the season as well? Don’t get us wrong—we love a classic formalwear look as much as anyone—but a variety of events calls for a variety of options when it comes to dressing up. To inspire you to rethink what ‘black tie’ means this time of year, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite formalwear trends to help you stand out. Scroll on for a look at our edit, then head to Barneys to make sure your closet is ready for every soirée coming your way.
We’re firm believers that black is the new black, so when in doubt, go with all black everything.
A jacket in an unexpected shape—like this crossover-placket one by Balenciaga—can add a modern, minimalist edge while keeping things formal.
Paul Smith breathes new life into the two-button suit with an all-over tonal check. Bonus points for using underpinnings to draw out a less dominant shade from the check itself.