Wardrobe Essentials

The Tuxedo

Halfway through awards season and with the Oscars looming, it's time to reconsider your tux options - whether you've been nominated or not.

If you’ve ever hired a tux, you’ll know what a painfully futile exercise it is. Not only will you take home a suit with enough room for you and a wine waiter, it will be fashioned from so much super-static nylon you could use it to power your house for a day. On top of this, you also have to pay over the odds for the pleasure and return it after the party. Save yourself the hassle — and the embarrassment — and invest in a proper tuxedo that will be with you for life.

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This example was created exclusively for Harrods by Yves Saint Laurent. The double-breasted jacket is fully lined and finished with satin peak lapels, in the style of a “le smoking Capri”, while the Sixties-era cut is very close. Available exclusively from London’s Knightsbridge department store, only a limited number of suits have been made, so hurry or you’ll be back in a hired tux faster than you can say “inflammable”.

The Tuxedo - £2,100, Yves Saint Laurent pour Harrods
The Shirt - White dress shirt, £89, by Arrow at Selfridges
The Bowtie - Oversized black bowtie, £75, by Richard James
The Shoes - Patent loafers, £345, by Salvatore Ferragamo at Harrods

Photograph by Martha Pavlidou