|Make It a Double|
The increasingly popular double-breasted look can be great in a tuxedo jacket, so long as it fits snugly (without pulling) around your torso.
|Don't Be Afraid of Velvet|
The material is especially appealing in a jacket because its weight creates structure, and the light sheen will also add a festive touch to your outfit.
When you want to stand out without totally sticking out, this classic hue is a smart way to bend—not break—the rules.
|Strike a Contrast|
Pair a tux blazer with suit pants for a fashionably offbeat look. Make sure to choose dramatically different colors.
|Try a Slipper|
Instead of the standard patent-leather lace-ups, opt for slippers (but not the bedroom kind). Black velvet is classic, but leather and suede can also work.
The old rules no longer apply: Guys are skipping the traditional studs and cummerbund, and some have abandoned even French cuffs. However, unexpected cuff links are a smart way to bring unique texture to your formal look. Go luxe with this 18-karat-gold nut-and-bolt set from Italian jeweler Verdura or playful with Brooks Brothers' classic (and affordable) silk knots. Either way, you'll add a distinctive touch to your black-tie style.