Over the next month, you’re going to be invited to a number of holiday functions. And, at the risk of wearing something with a snowman on it, you’re going to want to dress the part.

This, for future reference, is how it’s done.

That’s a velvet jacket, in case you can’t tell from the sheen, and it’s the most dignified holiday item you’ll find. The trick, as Clive Owen demonstrates here, is to keep the rest of your ensemble as toned down as possible. Here, he ends up with a seasonal twist on the tuxedo, which is just about perfect for a wintry red carpet jaunt. And if you can find a jacket with peak lapels, all the better.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom