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Style Guide: Creating the Formal Look Without Being Completely Formal

Micah + Wayman are a styling duo who split their time between New York and Los Angeles; providing looks for some of your favorite celebrities, fashion editorials, brands and advertising campaigns. After stints in various areas of the fashion arena, it was the mens fashion bible,GQ, that brought them together and they've been inseparable ever since. With a love for both menswear and womenswear, they infuse their unique fashion perspective into every canvas they touch. As the Holidays and Award Season near, they are giving Fashionisto readers some tips on how to create the formal look, without being completely formal.

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Holiday FormalBlack Tie Formal the invitation reads, but the rebel in you couldn’t imagine being another penguin in the crowd, a white shirt with a black bow tie-how passé? T’is the season for using your personal style to create the perfect custom tuxedo look.

Street wear for example; mixing street wear into your formal tuxedo look can shift your evening conversation from discussing a topic to becoming the topic. Take the risk and mix your tuxedo with dusty and shadow plaid shirting, standard shirting with strong plackets, well-fitted t-shirts, subtle statements with belts, watch and wrist wear, and cool luxe sneakers. There are a variety of options available to achieve this; the selections below are bound to kick your creativity in motion!

First remember to keep the tuxedo slim, including shirting, respecting the clean and classic element. Note that notch and peak lapel jackets, with one or two buttons, are timeless and work well with defined and slouchy shoulders.

Considering another option, feel free to go standard on the top half with a fitted tuxedo jacket or even a blazer with unique stitching or lapels. Grab the perfect tailored shirt from your closet with a standard bow tie and a slim black denim jean. Complete the look with a luxe sneaker and instantly you have created formal wear using street wear. Most importantly, you are your own stylist and you’re comfortable!

Shirts

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KRISVANASSCHE Hybrid Hoodie Shirt from Farfetch



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Givenchy Star and Plaid-Print Cotton Shirt from Mr Porter



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NN.07 Clay Printed Cotton Shirt from Mr Porter

Tuxedo Jackets

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Saint Laurent Slim-Fit Wool Tuxedo Blazer from Mr Porter



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AMI Slim-Fit Wool Tuxedo Blazer from Mr Porter



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Burberry London Slim-Fit Textured Wool-Blend Tuxedo Blazer from Mr Porter


Pocket Squares

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Derek Rose Two-Pack Cotton Handkerchiefs from Mr Porter



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Polo Ralph Lauren Silk Tartan Pocket Square from Ralph Lauren



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Italian cotton pocket square from J.Crew

Accessories

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Maison Martin Margiela Brass ID Bracelet from Mr Porter



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Miansai Woven-cord and Metal Hook Wrap Bracelet from Mr Porter



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Alexander McQueen Skull-ended Metal Cuff from Mr Porter



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Saint Laurent Leather Bangle from Barneys New York

Shoes

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Jimmy Choo Portman Patent Leather and Burnished-suede Sneakers from Mr Porter



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Balenciaga Arena High Trainers from Barneys New York



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Prada Bi-Color Spazzolato Lace-up Sneakers from Saks Fifth Avenue