Ask John Totolis, our VP of Men’s Tailored Clothing, what makes for an ideal formal ensemble and he’s hard-pressed to give a straight answer. That’s because there is no set formula to black-tie event dressing success—the favored outcome lies in the wearer. “Have fun being creative with cufflinks, stud sets, bow ties, pocket squares (or pocket rounds!), and shoes,” says Totolis with enthusiasm. “It’s all about personalized details when putting together an outfit that will feel exceptional for a special night.”
We can see why he feels so sure of his libertarian reply: the Barneys edit of evening attire for men ranges far and wide in styles and wardrobe-enhancing accessories, leaving the classic rules of appropriate dress in your hands for creative adaption. For a modern approach to a standout formal look, the devilishly handsome is clearly in the details.