For a place with as much style as Hollywood, it’s surprising how many industry executives walk the red carpet and collect their Oscars in second-rate formalwear that misses the mark. The most common mistake, says stylist George Kotsiopoulos — who has dressed Danny Boyle, Darren Star and Dev Patel — is showing up in black-tie attire that’s ill-fitting.
“They think they are wearing their size,” he says, “but in fact, so many men wear one that is two sizes too big.”
Other pitfalls? Grabbing a white business shirt from the closet. “It needs to be formal white with a placket down the front covering the buttons or have metal studs,” he says. And showing up in a straight tie that lacks the requisite sheen for the occasion is a don’t. Here, Kotsiopoulos collects the best picks of the season, from the can’t-miss, notched-lapel classic to the more fashion-forward shawl collar.