6 of the Best Looks & Dress Codes for Men’s Attire this Fall & Winter

donnell-baldwinNYC Menswear Stylist, Donnell Baldwin, began his creative career as an Assistant Director of Admissions at an art school, where he soon realized that his talent and dream was meant for the other side of the desk. Today, Baldwin currently works for Ralph Lauren as the Menswear Styling Manager for the Wholesale Online Marketing & Strategy division. He is the go-to guy for Saks.com, Macys.com, Nordstrom.com, Barneys.com and many others. He can be followed via Instagram @MR_BALDWINSTYLE

Elyse and I are very happy to welcome him to the blog this week as we cover some fantastic looks and dress codes for men this autumn and winter. 

Look #1: Men’s Festive or Cocktail Attire for the Holidays

Don’t be afraid to look smart. Wear your glasses, throw on a turtleneck and step into gray flannel pants. Change the pocket square for versatility and pops of color.

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Look #2: Thanksgiving Dinner with the Family

It’s all about a simple sweater for holiday dinners. Keep it simple! Wear a plaid shirt underneath to give a festive, warm element to your look for the occasion. 

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Look #3: Formal, Black Tie Dinner in the City

Men can never go wrong with a classic tuxedo. It’s a great look for holiday parties, dinners and many events. To learn more about tuxedos, take a look at this great visual guide from eTuxedo (aka Tuxedo 101).

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Look # 4: Black Tie Optional

If you’re not the tux type and you been invited to an “optional” Black Tie event, opt for a sleek black suit. Guys always look great in a nicely tailored black two-button suit. Please remember, fit is EVERYTHING when it comes to suits and tuxes!

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Look #5: A Fall Weekend Look

This look is a great Fall look for men. It’s casual. It’s work-friendly. It has just enough cool and it’s not overly calculated. 

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Look #6: Dinner for Two or a Date Night

This is a very simple look for a date night with your significant other. It’s dressy casual but ultra chic. Make sure to buy a sweater that is fitted! 

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More About Donnell Baldwin

donnel-baldwin2NYC Menswear Stylist, Donnell Baldwin, began his creative career as an Assistant Director of Admissions at an art school where he interviewed artists looking to be accepted into various programs such as Graphic Arts, Film, Web & Game Design as well as Fashion Design, Fashion Styling and Merchandising. The more he interviewed potential students regarding their admission, the more he realized that he wanted to be on the other side of the interview table and pursue his dream.

Working part-time at a Ralph Lauren store in the Georgetown area of Washington DC, Baldwin caught the attention of multiple District Managers who consistently commented on his style. Months later, these same managers would select him to help open a newly constructed Ralph Lauren store in East Hampton, NY. With much hard work, years of preparation, and an awesome opportunity, Baldwin then began his styling career.

Baldwin currently works at Ralph Lauren as the Menswear Styling Manager for the Wholesale Online Marketing & Strategy division. He is the go-to guy for Saks.com, Macys.com, Nordstrom.com, Barneys.com and the list goes on. He has styled for various RL brands including, Purple Label, Black label, Polo, Denim & Supply, RLX , Golf/RLX Golf, Sleepwear, Boys and Infants (Layette).

Baldwin’s “eye” for style was initially trained by his grandfather, Frank. “I feel like I’ve learned everything I know from him style-wise. He taught me how to tie my first tie, how to wear a suit, which shoes to wear, virtually everything…”

Working for Ralph Lauren has definitely helped shape Baldwin’s eye for details, elegance and luxury.


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