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Exclusive: Gentleman Guide to Ball Party Dressing with Francisco Randez

This Edit has been shot in support of Sainte-Justine Ball, who’s taking place at the majestic Windsor Ballrooms on March 18th. Tickets aren’t expensive, location is magical and just wait to see the super crowd who’ll be attending. Buy your tickets here, dress well and see you on the dancefloor! 

We were at the Windsor Ballrooms, where Sainte-Justine’s ball will take place in 2 weeks, and the event’s honorary patron Francisco Randez was adjusting his outfit in front of the mirrored-doors in the majestic hallway. For another consecutive year, he accepted to be the ball’s spokesperson. And for another consecutive year, the ball will benefit the neonatal care facilities. ” We tend to forget about premature infants, who are challenged to stay alive as soon they open their eyes to the world”, he explains. ”But the engagement of Le Cercle des Jeunes Leaders is beyond admiration. I’m happy and proud to be involved with these young professionals.”

But Francisco is an engaged person tout court. Beyond his commitment to the cause, he also cares about sustainable and ethical fashion. His awareness makes him a very-well composed gentleman. He’s the kind of man who picks a suit by the quality of fabrics, cuts and feel.” Fabric is an essential factor when I choose a suit. That’s why most of my suits are from Sartorialto – They always use organic and sustainable fabrics, which I value a lot. The guys over there aren’t designers, they’re artisans.” Keep scrolling for his gentlemen looks and tips.

Photographer: Michelle Gagné
Hair & Makeup: Charlotte Flannery ( with Dulcedo Artists)
Stylist: Maude Boisjoly (With Dulcedo Artists)

MIXANDMATCH

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Sainte-Justine’s ball is young and playful. For Francisco, he’d go with a casual-chic suit with a strong focus on the suit color. It’s the perfect occasion to go creative:  Mix a colorful suit with a pocket square with the same color tones than the tie. Or if you dare, layer a colorful suit with a printed shirt and a two-button Notch Lapel Jacket (because there is too much color there, opt for a plain pocket square and tie).

Bonus tip: Always go with the Windsor tie knot for your tie.

TIMETUX

The tux for a gentleman is the equivalent of the LBD for the ladies. You can never go wrong with a tux, and it can never make you look overdressed, or underdressed, in a ball. Although, mix and match outfits are strongly encouraged for the Sainte-Justine’s Ball, go with a tux if you rather simplicity and timeless elegance. Because it’s a must in every man’s closet, buy if you can, rent if you must but don’t let it hold you back from the dance floor.

Last but not least: Cufflinks or no Cufflink? ”No cufflinks, It’s uncomfortable! But that’s my personal opinion”

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