Calgary Style: How to Dress for Dinner

Elbert Lee, brand leader for made-to-measure clothier Atelier Munro, shares why a jacket is always required when going out.

Elbert Lee, photographed inside Kama restaurant. Sports jacket, pants and shoes by Atelier Munro; pocket square and shirt, Brunello Cucinelli; eyewear, Jacques Marie Mage Yves model (inspired by Yves Saint Laurent); Tudor Black Bay GMT watch, purchased at Maison Birks in 2019, soon after it was first released; Tiffany titanium and silver ring, gifted. Photo by Jared Sych.

When it comes to dining out, Elbert Lee dresses up to suit his environment. As a brand leader for Atelier Munro, an Amsterdam-based made-to-measure clothier that opened its second Canadian store in Calgary in 2023, he helps other men — or anyone who appreciates the style and tailoring of quality menswear — do the same.

Whether he’s assembling his own outfit, or assisting clients, one piece Lee always chooses is a sports jacket. Not only can he dress it up or down, but it’s practical, too. “When men go out with only a shirt and a pair of pants, they have nowhere to put their wallet, keys or phone,” he says. Lee completes his ensemble with a pocket square, a shirt with casual elements like snaps, and shorter pants to break up the look — and show some skin. “I like to show off my ‘man-kles’!” he says.

Photo by Jared Sych.
Photo by Jared Sych.
Photo by Jared Sych.

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This article appears in the March 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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