The dinner soiree
December is the month to impress. Dinner invitations to the in-laws, friends, friends of friends all descend and in return of the gesture, you want to turn up looking fly, not like you’ve just flown in with a flurry.
The age-old rule of jeans are casual, trousers are smart need not apply in 2019. Take Alexander Skarsgård’s recent get-up as inspo: mid-wash jeans, a luxurious peanut-coloured overcoat, a brown roll neck, suede desert boots… this is precisely how to do the high-low type of dressing needed for a dinner party.
Although in all likelihood said party will be inside, presumably you’ll need to enter from the outside and so you need a wonderful overcoat. That great first impression is key. A great watch will speak volumes – as will sleek Chelsea boots or aged leather brogues. The accessory of choice? A handpicked bottle of wine.
The house party
When it comes to party parties and going out, you want a night where anything can happen, right? The secret is to focus on one or two statement pieces. Unless you usually dress very street, avoid too many out-there party pieces or it will look like you’re trying way too hard.
Try an overshirt with black jeans, or a graphic tee under a shacket. Alternatively, a retro-patterned shirt with tapered trousers looks confident. A cool graphic sweatshirt is another way to go, or a statement jumper à la Mark Ronson’s recent standout monochrome number. As your night may involve hopping around places, or bouncing from drinks to dancing to house party, an expensive-looking puffa or bomber jacket is an essential.
Keep trainers minimalist – unless you make them your statement piece and in which case, pair with a simple tee and tapered trousers – or go for boots. You don’t need loads of accessories; a great watch will carry you through. Pay attention to grooming – while you want it to look like you’ve effortlessly thrown your outfit together, you want your grooming to say immaculately cared for. This will give all the right vibes, trust us.
With these outfits under your belt, you are ready for all the parties 2019 will throw at you. Consider yourself graduated from our school of party dressing.