Whether you like it or not, the holiday season is right around the corner which can only mean one thing; it’s time to prepare for the Christmas party! From a family gathering to the dreaded (for a few!) office party; there are several occasions we have to be primped and primed for.
I love Christmas, that holiday spirit gets me every time; a sense of comfort, togetherness and that beautiful sense of giving but as a bloke and I’m sure many of you agree, having to keep up with all of these parties is exhausting to say the least! I suppose it wouldn’t be such a problem if I could turn up in my jeans and a t-shirt but the fashion police might kill be for daring to go against the rules. OK, so maybe they aren’t quite direct rules but when it comes to attending a Christmas party you should make the effort to look the part… and turning up in pyjamas just won’t cut it.
Whether you used to doing what you want, think you’ve been doing it right all along or know that you desperately need help this season our below tips are essential to keep in mind for the Christmas festivities…
Sensible– Unless you know it’s a fully formal occasion that is going to require you to wear a tuxedo, you will no doubt be spoilt for choice when it comes to your attire. From brightly coloured slim fit tailored suits to print shirts; there is a lot to choose from but as difficult as it may be, try and keep your choice simple. From plain to subtly striped shades of navy, blacks, greys and brows; whether a full tailored suit or shirt and trousers keep it simple and sensible to avoid making a bad move. This is particularly important when heading to the office party as the last thing you will want to do is stand out of the crowd and draw attention for all the wrong reasons.
Smart– For many men and that includes myself; having to constantly make the effort to dress smart can be exhausting I mean why can’t we just wear our t-shirts and jeans all the time? It’s tempting I agree but even if it’s not declared on your invite, it is only right to dress smartly for a Christmas party. The really formal occasions will naturally require the old tux but generally speaking during other events you can easily get away with simply wearing regular cocktail attire i.e. a well fitted suit. Slim fit suits are a must have this season and with a range of mens designers and high street labels offering a number of styles, the options are endless. Just keep in mind that those throwing the party will have expectations from you as a guest so you should try to ensure that you stick to conventions.
Statement– I mentioned that it is important to maintain a sensible attitude to your party dress code but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a statement with your choice of clothing. Whether it’s a touch of flair with a green pocket square (this seasons must have colour) or experimenting a little with other Autumn/Winter style staples which include everything from fur, to check prints and even roll necks- mix your smart look with something a bit different. Consider starting small or just stick to one piece to ensure you don’t over do it; either way a statement can help you stand out of the crowd but this time, for all the right reasons.
Christmas is right around the corner which means it is time to start giving your holiday fashion a bit more thought. It’s hard to keep up with the constant changes but whatever your styles, as long as you stick to expectations and don’t overdo it; there is no reason why this Christmas you can’t me the most dapper bloke at the party!