With the stress of the holiday season winding down, it’s time to close out 2016 with a bang. The boring penguin suit is not going to make the night memorable or catch anyone’s eyes. Go for a more pronounced ensemble with either a white dinner jacket or an interesting pattern or plaid (shawl or peak lapel), which has stolen the show at many red carpet events this year. Special occasions are always a good opportunity for one-of-a-kind accessories like vintage cufflinks, watch, or an edgy pocket square or cravat/scarf — create a look that speaks to the occasion. Black-tie nights are also a great time to dust off your most stylish evening shoes. Patent leather is the classic go-to, but a high-grade black Oxford will also do the trick.

Tip of the night:  Don’t ask her if she needs a drink; just get to the bar first, and pack a mint. Happy New Year and cheers to a great 2017!

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