Menswear Look of the Week: Counting Down in Sharp Style

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With literally hours left in 2013 and with 2014 closing in on us, many make New Year’s Eve a time of reflection. But some take reflecting and the opportunity of a so-called fresh start—the “new year, new you” mentality—a bit far, especially when choosing an outfit to wear for when the clock strikes midnight. We say ditch that old adage; pick a look like this, and you’ll be the center of attention by wearing a blend of the old and the new.

ALIVE Menswear NYE

The basis of this outfit is simple: A starchy chino and a chunky shawl-collar sweater. Visualize only those two pieces, and this look could go in tons of different directions. We’ve kept these pieces—the “old” — and vamped them up with the “new” to channel a rocker chic vibe.

For this specific occasion, focus on fabrics that pop when the light hits. All you’ll need is a roughed-up leather biker jacket, glasses that read “smart and sexy,” and some killer boots. (We love the leather studs on these Valentino ankle boots, shown above.)

Although we’ve matched mostly black and white in this look, the pop of red in the pants gives a bit more symbolism. There’s an old South American tradition people follow that defines the luck you’re hoping for in the new year by what color of clothing — specifically underwear — you sport on New Year’s Eve. Want a dash of romance, for instance? Red is your color. Stick with this look, and you’ll be ready for any New Year’s bash—and maybe even a kiss at midnight.

Leather biker jacket ($69.95 at H&M); Ben Sherman sweater ($175 in similar styles at Moris Men’s Shop); Cult of Individuality Pants ($159 at 10denza); Valentino lace-up boots ($1,125 at Neiman Marcus); Salt “Harlan” eyeglasses ($459 at The Eye Bar); Pocket square (in varieties at any local fabric store) 

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