The black suit gets a bad rap. Often reserved for more serious or formal occasions, the typical two-button style is serviceable but fades into the background without saying much. Switch things up by picking a black suit that is designed to make a statement — like this one by Balenciaga — with a unique cut and details, and pair it with accessories that also offer a modern spin on masculine classics.
Demna Gvasalia showed exaggeratedly oversized suits in his first collection for Balenciaga, but the looks has been toned down to make it more wearable for retail. Strong shoulders and a sculpted body are still present in this refreshing take on the black suit, which also features hidden closures to mix up the double breasted silhouette.
2. Extra Slim Fit Stretch Cotton Button Down Shirt, $165 by HUGO
The large lapels and high cut of the jacket call for a simple, crisp white dress shirt — wear it buttoned up and sans tie. There are small hits of black on the placket and cuffs that keeps the shirt from just being average.
3. Silk Ribbed Formal Socks, $65 by Pantherella at Nordstrom
While we love a pair of brightly coloured or patterned socks, sometimes a classic pair just feels right. The silk and nylon blend of these socks is lightweight, and the over-the-calf cut means they won’t fall down halfway through the day.
4. Koi Link Bracelet, $295 by Erin Tracy
Erin Tracy’s latest men’s collection is inspired by the artistry of Japanese tattoos, which can be seen in the use of matte black lacquer over sterling silver to mimic the dark ink of tattoos.
5. Snake Embossed Leather Soft Tote, $2,615 by Gucci
Gucci’s slim tote is a fashion-forward alternative to a briefcase, especially with the large embossed snake on the side. The unstructured construction and soft leather means that in addition to carrying it by its handles or wearing it cross-body with the removable shoulder strap, you can also fold it in half and use it as a portfolio.
6. Black Leather Monk Straps, $895 by Lanvin at Ssense
To compliment Balenciaga’s modern black suit, Lanvin has an equally fresh take on the double monk strap shoe. Instead of the traditional double buckle closure, a single buckle is paired with an elastic panel that helps with fit and adds a hit of texture that pops against the smooth leather.