What to Wear: Cocktails


Here at Leviner Wood, we endorse the drinks party. We’re not above throwing one ourselves on an off Friday. But that’s not a real cocktail party. We’re talking about the kind with a little of Herbie Hancock’s early work playing in the background, the server passing a tray of hors d’oeuvres, the barman or hostess mixing your drink in a polished silver shaker and handing it to you with a linen cocktail napkin. The kind of cocktail party that you were invited to attend by an invitation that arrived in the mail. That kind of cocktail party…

Women, having found the perfect little black dress, have a go-to staple that rivals our tuxedo. But what do you wear when the party is slightly less formal?

Here’s a good choice: a navy blue, bird’seye double-breasted with a white spread collar shirt and French cuffs, cufflinks and silk satin tie or a dark bowtie. We’ll be happy to accommodate your requests.

But what about the man who has a closet full of our custom suits? The man who doesn’t want to look “business-as-usual?”

Take a cue from the Mad Men era (or take a closer look at Sammy Davis, Jr. a couple of posts back…) and have us make up a cocktail suit. One button, peak lapel or a shawl collar, in a midnight blue or charcoal grey fabric with a little depth and shine to it. Besom pockets, a narrower cut, but fitted so well that when you reach for that glass the collar stays flush against your neck and the jacket rests comfortably on your shoulders. This is what to wear to “black tie optional” or “semi-formal” events if you want to look better than any other man in the room. We bet that fellow in the eyepatch is wearing one in the photo above.

Classic, with a twist? Come visit Leviner Wood Custom Clothier and Shirtmakers.

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1 Response to What to Wear: Cocktails

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I just wanted to say that I love this site.

    Wish You a Merry Christmas. 🙂

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