What to wear to every festive event

Parties – and party season – while we love it, is admittedly full of potential pitfalls. The booze, the hangovers, the pressure for impressing your boss, your friends, romantic potentials, your partner’s family… the list goes on. That’s before you even think about what to wear which can be a literal headache at best. Rather than risk arriving at said party dressed wildly off the mark, we’ve taken the liberty of splitting up each party scenario you may encounter this season and giving you an outfit – so you can focus on the main thing. Have a good one. 

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The office party 


With gossip, embarrassing shenanigans and drunken rendezvouses rife, the office party is the one event in your diary you either most dread, or look forward to, depending on which you're inclined. One thing is for certain though, how you dress is important. The temptation is to make no effort at all (cue questionable assessments of your commitment to the company) or to go overboard (and look way too keen). What you should wear depends on how you normally dress for work.

If you ordinarily wear a suit, wear a slim-cut two-piece in navy or black with a more luxe tie than you would normally sport. If your traditional get-up is smart-casual, channel a roll neck – think buttery colours and luxe fabrics. Shoe-wise, louche loafers with a thin black sock look suave as do polished Oxfords. Casual office? Think a thick, inky blue overshirt, black trousers and pared-back boots. You’ll look better than your co-workers which is, after all, the most important thing.

The black tie do

Suddenly come December black tie parties become a thing. Your tux that hasn’t seen daylight in 11 months is now required left, right and centre and so it’s worth giving it a check up before the day. The key to black tie is a great fit. While a trend, this is not the time to do slouchy, ‘80s suiting. You want the hem of your jacket to be in line with the middle of your hand when your arms are by your side, with half an inch of shirt cuff peeping out. 

The modern way to do black tie is to elevate it. Cumberbands can look fussy. Instead, switch your jacket for a luxurious velvet iteration and your shirt for a high-sheen number. 

If your party’s in a cool venue, with equally cool people, you know you can switch it up a little. Brown suiting is in this season (thank the ‘70s) and if Taron Egerton’s recent taupe tux jacket or Eddie Redmayne’s velvety, caramel suit are anything to go by, if you want to look current, go for brown. Black tie is code word for ‘make an effort’ so do – it’s the one month of the year you’re most going to, after all. 

The office party

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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.

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