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In the midst of all the hate directed towards black suits, we thought we’d take a moment to appreciate what it looks like when it’s done well. In general, it’s something like this.

The gentleman in question is Matin Maulawizada, founder of Afghan Hands and a man who was born to wear a black suit. For starters, the charity gala in question was both after hours and serious enough that a little toning down was entirely appropriate. The three-inch polka dot tie keeps him from coming off as funereal, but otherwise he’s skirting the edges of black-tie territory. The result is a slightly more elegant version of a business suit—which is a pretty good model to keep in mind next time you’re hitting the gala circuit.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom