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Ring In The New Year With a Classic Look

December 29th, 2016

Keeping it classic on New Year’s Eve from your outfit to your hairstyle

In partnership with Old Spice.

There’s a sort of fictional and slightly atavistic version of New Year’s Eve – and New Year’s Eve style – that’s perpetuated every year around this time. I’m sure you’re familiar.

In this romanticized version, everyone’s wearing tuxedos, white dinner jackets, velvet slippers and the like. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never attended a black tie New Year’s Eve party. Maybe I’m hanging out with the wrong crowd!


Last year for New Year’s Eve, Robin and I decided to go to one of our favorite local French restaurants not only to have an amazing meal, but also for the opportunity to dress up and make ringing in the New Year together an elegant and classy affair.

It was an amazing evening – we had a 10 o’clock seating so we were still at the restaurant for the ball drop – and completely lacking in fussiness. And that’s the point. There’s never any fuss when it comes to classic anything. Clothing. Footwear. Fragrance. Hairstyles.


| WEARING | Ermengildo Zegna suit, Edward Sexton shirt, Breuer tie, Rolex watch | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Let’s talk about a classic hairstyle – the side part. As you know, this is the way I wear my hair every day. It’s a simple hairstyle to achieve. All you need is a good haircut from a good barber. However, there are a couple of styling variations to consider depending on what situation you plan on finding yourself in.

For the day to day grind, I usually keep it styled a bit more casually with a little more lift and volume. However, when I’m planning to dress up more elegantly, whether that’s in an off-white dinner jacket and bow tie or a classic navy suit, the hairstyle needs to match. And that’s where the right hair product comes in.


We teamed up with Old Spice for this post to show you how to get a classic hairstyle using their Pomade and Putty. I tried both products and determined that the Old Spice Pomade was best suited for achieving a side part hairstyle that would make my grandfather proud. (As a matter of fact, this is exactly how he wore his hair.)


Now let’s talk about the process of styling your hair this way. The most important thing to understand is that your hair must be slightly wet. Not just out of the shower wet – like, you toweled it off really well and let it air dry for 15-20 minutes wet. That will help you to achieve those crisp and clean lines created by your comb as well as that old school clean cut look that oozes masculinity and confidence.

Work a dime to quarter-sized amount of pomade into your hair, comb over sideways from the part and then sweep the front up and over. Simple and no nonsense. It’s that easy.


Thanks, as always, for reading. Happy New Year!

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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