Holiday gala? Check. date? Check. Head-to-toe look? We’ll help you with that.
Make an impression at the season’s formal events with a dramatic new look.
Looking to stand out from the crowd? Start with a tuxedo that fits to a T. In just six to eight weeks, Alton Lane can create a customized tux using the best silk, wool, cashmere, and mohair blends. The store’s state-of-the-art showroom features a 3-D body scanner to ensure a perfect fit, and a clubby atmosphere where men can enjoy a Sam Adams beer on tap at the Design Bar as they choose their collar type (shawl, peak, or notch), buttons, lining, piping, and more. 91 Newbury St., 646-896-1212
A man as good as his word will want the Tokens & Icons sterling silver Typewriter Key cuff links, fashioned from authentic letter keys from vintage 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s typewriters. Or try the watch movement cuff links, made from genuine mechanical watch movements from the early to mid-20th century. 133 Charles St., 617-722-9200
No time for a visit to the nail salon? No problem. Freelance manicurist Jeannie Vincent will come to your home, and all eyes will be on your fingers if she has anything to do with it. Vincent specializes in custom nail art—seasonal metallic foil, stones, studs, and more. She can also execute an impeccable classic manicure for ladies with more understated tastes. By appointment only.
Say hello to the new generation of slips, designed in Boston by Stefanie Mnayarji in collaboration with MIT scientists and made in the USA. Luxxie Boston has created a 92 percent silk-blend slip that is washable, breathable, insulating, and, thankfully, easy to wear. With a seamless silhouette and built-in chest support (either bralette or bustier), this is one undergarment you won’t mind wearing. Choose from a variety of colors for the holiday season, including Huntress Green and Ice, Ice, Lady.
Maya Meirav Haute Couture
Avoid showing up at a holiday party in the same dress as someone else by having designer Maya Meirav create a custom gown just for you. Meirav crafts pieces from natural fibers such as silk, fine wool, and cashmere, and will use other fabrics if they’re right for the dress and the woman. The designer says her clients are “looking for a design that speaks to them, something they feel connected to, and a dress that brings out their personality.” By appointment only. 617-558-8035
Don’t get us wrong, we love our heels, but after hours of standing and dancing in them, we need a break. Slide a pair of Corso Como’s Glau foldable fleece-lined flats into your purse (or stash them in the car) and slip into them after your tired toes call it quits. 51 Charles St., 617-557-9991
Salon Mario Russo
After the fervor of finding the perfect dress for a special event, Salon Mario Russo can create a hairstyle that’s just as glamorous. If you don’t have time for a trip to the salon, Mario Russo also offers on-site services at clients’ homes and hotels. We love stylists Jesse Blodgett and Violet Furxhi, who can craft any look, from soft waves to a formal braid. 60 Northern Ave., 857-350-3139
Tavi de la Rosa
The eyes have it, and so does Tavi de la Rosa, who paints the faces of Boston’s best and brightest—and most social. He specializes in false eyelashes and works with you to devise a makeup look to complement whatever outfit you’ll be wearing that night. Possibly the best part (aside from his skill with a brush)? He makes house calls—a lifesaver when you’re rushing to get ready for the next ball.