Coming up to prime party time, you may be reaching to the back of your wardrobe to find your go-to suit and tie.

However, if you are only just realising that the jacket you’ve had for three years no longer fits, perhaps it’s time to invest in a few new pieces this season. It can take quite some time trailing from shop to shop to find the perfect fit, length and material of your suit, so here are a few rules to help along the way…

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Your jacket and trouser material should ideally match, and by investing in high quality fabrics such as Italian wool and well fitted tailoring, you can rest assured that this suit will last you decades. Remember that a notch lapel won’t make the cut when it comes to black tie events; so go for a peak or shawl shaped lapel.

As for colour, you can never go wrong with the traditional black suit. However, to mix things up a little you could opt for popular midnight blue or more adventurous
navy velvet for a vintage, smoking jacket vibe.

A white shirt is a staple in any man’s wardrobe, and for black tie occasions you should definitely have that special one that feels and looks more luxurious than the rest.

Finally, accessories are the finishing additions to your top-notch look. Impress your colleagues by knowing how to tie your own bow tie, stand proud with the shiniest shoes and never forget the suave touch of the pocket square and cufflinks.

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