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GQ Style File | How To Update Your Black Tie Look

GQ Australia's Men of the Year awards have always set the bar high for Australian men, recognising high achievers in industries like sport, business and of course, style. 

Fashion Editor of GQ Australia, Brad Homes styled this year's winner of the Man of Style Award, Jordan Barrett, opting to forego the classic black tux and instead went with a rock ’n’ roll look to encapsulate Jordan’s edgier side whilst staying within the black tie conventions. The result? A look that was both debonair and rakish. Read on to find out how the look came together and for GQ's top tips on how to look stylish at a black tie function.

How to get Jordan Barrett's rakish black tie look

Starting from the shoe and working upwards, Jordan donned a classic pair of patent leather shoes with a skinny black wool tuxedo trouser, not too dissimilar to a black skinny jean, which suited his frame perfectly. For the top half Jordan wore a slim fitting white tuxedo shirt, pretty much undone to his navel, and styled with a black self-tie bow tie draped around his neck.

The piece-de-resistance was a midnight blue velvet tuxedo jacket with a black silk pocket square which tied the look together perfectly and exuded Jordan’s killer personal style.

Pictured above: Milano Tuxedo Suit by Canali; Slim Fit Wing Collar Shirt by Thomas Pink; Italian Silk Bow Tie by Hardy Amies; Elvinos Patent Leather Tuxedo Shoe by Hugo Boss

GQ's top tips for nailing the black tie dress code

When in doubt, keep it simple. Look to classics, like Paul Newman, to keep a look sexy and sophisticated. Looking like you've tried too hard is never cool.

Choose a tone of tux that best suits your skin tone. Black isn't for everyone, the right shade of blue can look so much better against fairer skin.

Make sure you actually wear black tie! Don't turn up underdressed when all your mates are looking slick. And I'm really not a fan of neckties at black tie events: always opt for a bow tie.

Always keep it classy, gents. Ensure your look remains intact throughout the night — there's nothing worse than a guy who's kicked off his patent loafers for the journey home.