Styled: Ian MacNeil Gets Tuxed Up

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Ian MacNeil punches up black-tie attire with bold, splashy jackets.

Why we love his look: Ian MacNeil is always the life of the party. As chair of multiple galas around town (often sharing the honor with wife Laura), the Montlake-based business executive (he owns Lachselian Holdings, an aviation leasing firm) is always clad in preppy, boldly colored suits. “I like to dress appropriate to the occasion, but take it to the nth degree,” says MacNeil, who recently launched SoDo-based Glass Vodka distillery. Drawing from his days as an undergrad at the University of Edinburgh (his favorite garment is still his custom-made MacNeil family tartan kilt), MacNeil’s version of black tie veers toward trim-cut jackets in pastel paisleys, rich plaids and textured velvets for a confident, Hamptons-meets-Seattle look.  

The ensemble: Jos. A. Bank red plaid tuxedo jacket with black silk lapel and buttons, online from; yellow silk polka dot pocket square, from Luly Yang Couture; black silk bowtie, a London find; white cotton Eton shirt with folded placket detailing and Armani custom-made jet black tuxedo pants, both from Mario’s; Robert Talbott wide black cummerbund and Allen Edmonds slip-on tuxedo shoes with bow detail, both from Nordstrom.


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