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.


An unexpected pop of color is a surefire way to stand out amid a sea of black. This pink stunner from Cifonelli pairs perfectly with your classic formal accessories, but still looks fresh.

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CIFONELLI Velvet Single-Button Marbeuf Sportcoat / CIFONELLI Piqué Shirt / CIFONELLI Crest-Embroidered Velvet Slippers

Mixing up the idea of a head-to-toe noir look, Cifonelli shows how a tonal print—like this black, brown, and grey checked sportcoat—can add chic panache to an ensemble.

CIFONELLI Checked Marbeauf Single-Button Sportcoat / CIFONELLI Turtleneck Sweater / CIFONELLI Corduroy Trousers

Want to do patterns in an even more subtle way? Adding a cashmere or silk scarf to a look instantly elevates it to new heights with a bit of bold color and print, as shown here by Kiton.

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KITON Cashmere Sportcoat / KITON Cotton Dress Shirt / KITON Cashmere Scarf / KITON Cashmere Tie / KITON Silk Pocket Square

A jacket in an unexpected shape—like this crossover-placket one by Balenciaga—can add a modern, minimalist edge while keeping things formal.

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Similar: BALENCIAGA Twill Long Coat / BALENCIAGA Double-Faced Jersey Trousers / BALENCIAGA Leather Chelsea Boots

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.

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Similar: PAUL SMITH EXCLUSIVE Tonal-Check Two-Button Suit / ZANONE Flexwool Turtleneck Sweater / CROCKETT & JONES Lowndes Double-Monk Shoes

Nothing says cozy for the holiday season more than plush velvet. Layering it into the look in two ways—via a luxe, jewel-toned jacket by Sartorio and Barneys‘ own velvet slip-ons—makes the look feel cohesive.

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SARTORIO Satin-Lapel Velvet PG Drop 8 Tuxedo Jacket / BARNEYS NEW YORK Piped Wool Gabardine Trousers / ISAIA Pleated-Bib Shirt / BARNEYS NEW YORK Grenadine Bow Tie / BARNEYS NEW YORK Velvet Venetian Loafers

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