3. ‘Bad Guy’ Formal
All black formalwear is awesome. Call it villain chic.
When everybody’s wearing the old-school white shirt and bowtie, stand out from the crowd in a black turtleneck under a badass dinner jacket.
The secret here is that this mock-neck “sweater” is actually a spandex-blend workout piece with Uniqlo’s “heattech technology”, probably meant for jogging outdoors.
Ironically, the fitted torso and fabric sheen make it look formal. It’s also super comfortable and keeps you cool and dry – perfect for a long night of drinking and dancing. Who knew a $9 shirt that comes in a ziplock bag could be so versatile?
Also, don’t forget the cummerbund! Even if you’re not wearing a traditional dinner shirt, it’s a sleek way to keep the waistline/gut in check.
Black plain-toe loafs are a great investment.
A pair like this can be worn for formal events, to the office, or on the weekend.
- Black chesterfield overcoat by Brooks Brothers Black Fleece
- Black fitted turtleneck by Uniqlo
- Black perforated velvet dinner jacket by Michael Andrews Bespoke (Cloth by Ariston C079/3)
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic (42mm)
- Grosgrain cummerbund (vintage)
- Charcoal trousers (part of suit) by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Black leather loafers by Bally
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.
Check out more of his work at alexcrawfordphotography.com.