In the minefield of mens formal wear, sometimes it takes a seasoned pro to point dressers in the right direction. Amidst the buzz of Awards Season we find ourselves overcome with an expanse of suiting references, from Matthew McConaughey’s velvet wonder to Ben Affleck’s Gucci classic. But what of us mere mortals? Never fear, we’ve got the insider styling tips on how to style up a suiting storm on the high street, from House of Fraser mens formal wear supremo Euan Morse.
Name: Euan Morse
Position: Sales Advisor for Mens formal wear department
How would you describe your personal style?: Old man; or more specifically, old East Coast American style.
Do you have a style icon?: Good question. I don’t know if I have a specific icon but I do like nautical based clothing from the likes of Crew Clothing, Ralph Lauren and Gant. Cary Grant always pulled the look off well; he’s a pretty cool icon.
With Awards Season in full swing, can you clarify the difference between morning dress, black tie and white tie?: Morning dress tends to be grey with tails; nowadays it tends to be restricted to wedding wear where it is a common style for the groom and groomsmen. Usually it is worn with a cravat as opposed to the traditional bow tie or tie.
Black tie essentially just means wearing a black tie but is generally taken to mean wearing a dinner jacket or American Tuxedo with a black tie. Personally I would go with a more traditional jacket: no rear vents and a classic, satin or possibly shawl lapel. I’d recommend Ted Baker as it tends to be more tailored look which suits most men better.
White tie is the most formal form of dress and again it tends to be worn with tails and tends to be reserved for really high end occasions. Often conductors wear white tie and the style is exceptionally fitting for events such as graduations- except at Edinburgh Uni! Although you guys don’t tend to wear the style you should give it a whirl… Both black and white tie should be reserved for after 6pm.
Cheeky! How about what to wear to a formal lunch?: Shirt and tie, possibly chinos. Tweed jackets are always good, too. Personally I would go with this Ted Baker jacket which is a classic you’ll have for years to come.
What would you recommend as a timeless piece of mens formal wear?: The dinner jacket or the classic 2 button pinstripe suit, although at the moment 3 piece suits are coming back into fashion.
What’s your favourite thing about working in retail?: The people I get to work with, who are all from different backgrounds and so very interesting. I’m quite glad I get to work in this department as the average age of employees is higher than mine which leads to many a good debate!
Finally, what’s your favourite song that’s played in store at the moment?: Long Gone Blues by Billie Holiday as it gives a calming atmosphere.
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