In his day-to-day life, Duchess Bake Shop co-owner Garner Beggs doesn’t have a lot of opportunities to dress up. But on the nights he heads to the Edmonton Opera—an organization that he is a board member for—it’s a different matter.
“It’s a great opportunity to do something different,” Beggs says. “I really like wearing my tuxedo, or you may want to wear a really nice suit you don’t wear often.”
He describes his style as a “touch conservative,” but says he tries to push himself and get creative.
“Personally, I quite like colour … a bright pop of colour here and there, or you could find an outrageous dinner jacket that you wouldn’t want to wear out to another event.”
He says the colours he chooses depends on the season. For fall, he may opt for oranges and yellows, while in winter it might be a bright red.
To incorporate pops of colour, Beggs recommends pocket squares in either a colour or patterned variety, as well as ties or bow ties.
“A fun pair of socks are also a great way to grab attention,” he says.
A nice, clean pair of well-polished shoes, and accessories such as stylish cufflinks or an elegant watch can also make an outfit stand out in a less obvious way, he says.
“For accessories, I prefer the subtle touches rather than giant, fake gems dripping off me.”
Beggs, who grew up attending opera shows with his parents in Edmonton, says he developed his personal opera style mostly through travel and observing what other people were wearing.
“I don’t really look at magazines or fashion stuff. It’s about doing what I like.”