Dress to Impress this New Year’s Eve in a Classic Dinner Jacket
Christmas may have come and gone, but the holidays aren’t over just yet.
New Year’s Eve is this coming Saturday and we’re here to help you look your best while toasting to the new year ahead. You can live by your own personal dress code for the other 364 days out of the year, but on this night, it’s all about dressing to impress. Whether you’re attending a black-tie event or watching the ball drop from a nearby rooftop party, there’s one versatile jacket that you can wear to any occasion and that’s the dinner jacket.
It’s formal, yet it’s casual. The dinner jacket is one that you can either dress up in tuxedo form or dress down over a nice t-shirt and jeans. Wearing one shows that you have a sense of style and sophistication, but it also shows that you know how to party and look good while doing it.
There are many different styles and colors that are flooding the evening wear scene this season. Shawl, peak, and classic lapels are all acceptable for a dinner jacket, but the high peak and shawl are really the most popular right now. Wool is the traditional fabric of choice but velvet with a sheen lapel is a trendy look that has New Year’s Eve written all over it. Our list of sophisticated dinner jackets includes options for the traditionalist and the bold and daring.
If you dress to impress and look like you put some time and effort into your New Year’s Eve outfit, odds are you won’t be too lonely when the clock strikes midnight – as long as you remember to pace yourself on the champagne, of course.
Prepping for the big night starts now with our list of this season’s best dinner jackets.
As depicted in the photo above, this jacket works great with a basic black tee for a dressed-up casual look. This velvet dinner jacket from H&M features a peak lapel and is tailored for a slimmer fit. It’s also the most budget friendly option on this list.
This tuxedo jacket from Mango can be worn both formally and casually. If you’re attending a black-tie event pair it with these matching trousers, a nice pair of tassel loafers, and a bow tie to “tie” it all together. Looking for something more casual? Wear it over a marled grey or solid light grey turtleneck.
This shawl lapel jacket from ZARA features a slimmer fit and a subtle paisley design. As depicted in the photo, tie is optional and instead of pairing it with the same printed trousers, opt for a pair of slim-fitting plain black trousers to add simplicity to your look. These tassel loafers from ZARA will take this look to the next level.
Noose & Monkey is very well known across the pond for their blazers and dinner jackets. This skinny fit, velvet jacket will look great for men with smaller frames. This jacket would pair nicely with skinny jeans or plain black trousers. Opt for leather Chelsea boots to compliment this look.
Combatant Gentleman agrees that every man looks great in a tuxedo. This jacket from the brand should be kept strictly as a formal piece. Pair it with this bow tie and a pair of lace-up, formal brogues.
This navy beauty from Suit Supply is truly versatile. It can be worn as a tux or with a pair of tailored jeans, a solid dress shirt, and Chelsea boots. It features a wide, slightly curved lapel and is made with a breathable cotton to keep you cool.
You really can’t go wrong with a dinner jacket from J. Crew. This one is crafted in fine wool from Lanificio di Tollegno which is one of the oldest mills in Italy. It features a tailored fit, peak lapels, and a double button front closure. The jacket would look great for casual wear, but if you’re attending a black-tie event, pair it with the Ludlow tuxedo pant, the Ludlow pleated tuxedo shirt, and a pair of cap toe oxfords from J. Crew.
This fine, off-white dinner jacket from the Boss, Hugo Boss that is, is a perfect tie-optional kind of look. Opt for tailored black trousers, a plain white dress shirt, and wingtip oxfords to complement the bold top half of your look. If you’re looking to build a more formal outfit, ditch the black shirt and opt for a white shirt paired with a black bow tie for the perfect James Bond look.
This jacket from Bonobos might appear to be light grey, but take a closer look and you’ll see that this one is designed with a trendy houndstooth print. Leave the shirt and tie at home and wear a slim-fitting black turtleneck underneath with black trousers and Chelsea boots.
This holy grail of tuxedos from Brooks Brothers is classically elegant and impeccably tailored in pure wool for a luxurious look. This option should be kept strictly formal and comes with the pants as well. You’ll even receive a complimentary American flag pin to show Brooks Brothers’ dedication to American manufacturing.