Christmas Party Outfits For Men
Christmas Party Outfits
The most wonderful time of the year! Yes indeed, only 3 weeks left until the Big Day and the Christmas Parties have started, so what will you be wearing?
I am going to tackle the formal Christmas Party scenario and the non-formal version! The first is the Black Tie Event and the second is anything else you might get invited to like festive drinks with the neighbours or the pub or of course the oft dreaded annual Office Christmas Party.
1. The Formal Black Tie Do
This is the event that actually has a clear dress code. Black tie is traditionally a tux with bow tie, a pleated white shirt, shiny shoes and is sometimes accessorised with a pocket square, a waistcoat or a cumberbund. The latter isn't popular at the moment and actually, it can accentuate a beer belly if you have one. Trousers should always match the tux unless you are opting for a non matching jacket like velvet or perhaps brocade if you're feeling daring, in which case see below. The shirt you wear should be pleated at the front and have a turn down collar.
Velvet jackets are very on trend right now and people like it because they look a bit vintage and like an old school smoking jacket and are actually really cool. 'He' at Mango for men do some great occasion wear in traditional black and some velvet as do Marks and Spencer. Marks and Spencer is also a great place to go for your formal shirts and cashmere jumpers, very good quality at reasonable prices:
A really good thing to try this year is a midnight blue tux or jacket instead of black. It's much more flattering on skin tones, looks good in a low light and will make you stand out a bit more without being 'novelty'.
So first-up, here are some good black traditional and velvet tux's from the shops at the moment.
If you go for a traditional black tux, you can be a bit braver with accessories. Either go for a velvet dicky bow in a festive colour like this one or choose a patterned silk pocket square in jewell tones or a paisley silk scarf to make the look festive.
Below are some velvet tux's currently available in M&S. Note, if you go for one of these choose slim cut formal trousers in black or midnight blue. You would never have matching velvet trousers unless you are Noel Coward!
Shoes - shiny and formal. As long as your shoes are black, lace-up and shiny they will be fine. These 'derby' shoes from M&S are Saville Row inspired and would work very nicely.
2. The Office Party and Festive Drinks with friends or neighbours
Moving on from formal to more casual attire here, this may sound easier but actually it requires a bit more creativity! I'm going to break it down by starting with the Office Party.
Office Christmas Party
You will have been in work all day anyway so want something that can take you from the desk to the bar. There might be a dress code and if it is smart/casual then a really good choice would be to go for a checked, wool or flannel trouser with a bit of a heritage edge to it and a plain crisp white or blue shirt. Really simple and stylish. The first trousers below are by Villain from Harvey Nichols and the second pair come from Topman who do an excellent 'Made in England' heritage collection. Shoes ideally would be brown like the Paul Smith Brogues from Harvey Nichols below, and not black as that is formal and can look Corporate.
This light blue shirt from The Kooples would work really nicely with the blue checked trousers from Topman. It's a little bit different with the detail on the collar. If it's freezing, chuck a round- necked cashmere jumper over the top in a charcoal grey until you hit the dancefloor! :)
Any Other Non Formal Festive Shin-Dig
Finally we have the invite to the neighbours for drinks or out to the pub with mates. No time for a bow-tie obviously and depending on where you are going, the flannel trousers and shirt combination might feel a bit formal.
My suggestion is to invest in a pair of properly indigo dyed straight cut jeans. Lots of cheaper jeans are dyed with synthetic dyes and wash out more quickly. Also, spending a bit more on raw edge jeans means the quality is clear for all to see and places you a cut above the rest. These jeans are by Nudie and are available at Liberty.
Wear with a cool stripy long sleeve top, layered with this brilliant zip-up shirt, both by Norse Projects and also available at Liberty:
Finish this low-key stylish look with this classic tartan cashmere scarf by Johnstons of Elgin from Liberty as a little nod to the season. You'll look great sipping on a scotch on the rocks on this little ensemble and now a novelty sock or shirt in sight!
If you have any questions about what to wear over the festive season, leave a comment or drop me a line on my Contact Us Page.