The Ultimate Men’s Partywear Guide

Who doesn't love party season? Calendar jam-packed, Instagram Stories galore, fending off invites left, right and centre… we live for the Christmas hype. The downside is the pressure to look on-point at all times. We can all feel a little flustered at the thought of entering a party not knowing if your outfit’s going to nail it or look OTT. So in aid of all partygoers, we’ve pulled together a quick reference guide with some help from Carl Thompson from @hawkinsandshepherd. You pick the party, he's picked the outfit - and the rest of the night is up to you.

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THE HOUSE PARTY


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The house party is often the most casual of all yuletide festivities. Like arriving fashionably late, the trick is to give the air that you didn’t even try, while looking ridiculously good. To pull off this elusive equation, we recommend centering your outfit around a great shirt.

“This is not the place for peacocking”

Keep your shirt slim cut, roll the sleeves up and pair with chinos (rolled above the ankle) and minimalist sneakers. Vary the look by choosing a denim shirt and inky black jeans, or a plaid shirt, mid-wash jeans and a tee underneath. Accessories-wise just stick to a watch and if you need an outer layer, choose a black puffer that says both sensible and free-spirited, casual but not too undone.

Base your outfit around: the shirt

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THE OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY


The office Christmas party


Whether you’re dutifully joining in or are an enthusiastic participant in the after-work antics, the general consensus for an office party is it’s important to look good. Often going straight from work, you don’t want a full outfit change. So that day wear suit trousers and a roll neck or a fine knit in an autumnal hue. When the drinks get passed around, throw on a statement jacket – velvet, pattern or check – and you’ll look instantly event-ready. Alternatively, wear a grey suit and when you down tools, swap your shirt for a simple white tee, and wear with your suit jacket over the top.

“Look like you’ve made an effort with little fuss”

We’ve all had the temptation to literally roll from your desk to the party without any change of attire but trust us – it pays to look like you’ve made some kind of effort. Even later when you’re not feeling the jovial vibes, senior management will take note that you valiantly joined in with the celebrations.

Base your outfit around: the blazer

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The black tie to


The black tie do


Black tie is code word for ‘make an effort’ and we jump at the chance to feel simultaneously like James Bond and royalty. The tux is arguably the most sophisticated thing hanging in your wardrobe – the luxe, satin lapels distinguishing it from all your standard suits. Keep your look classic with a black dinner suit or for the more daring, choose a burgundy or emerald hue. To finish things off, polished black Oxfords or Derbies are a must.

“Your starring moment”

It’s hard to emphasise enough the importance of fit. Great men of style – we’re thinking David Gandy, David Beckham et al. – all sport suits tailored exactly to fit. If the one you wore to that thing a couple of years ago is a little loose, do away with any risk and get yourself a new one to fit your shape. You’ll thank us later.

Base your outfit around: the suit

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The dinner soiree


The dinner soiree


A dinner party invite is a compliment for two reasons: a) fewer people are on the guest list b) the host is putting in a lot of effort. To return such a gesture, you’ve got to look sharp. In this intimate, classy setting go for refined elegance and anchor your style around knitwear. A chunky cream turtleneck or a sweater in an earthy tone teamed with neutral trousers oozes easy sophistication. Similarly, herringbone trousers with a simple knit and shirt will always go down well.

“An invitation to sophistication”

Look expensive in soft fabrics and tonal hues. Complete your look with a clean-line coat and as soon as you knock on the door (bottle in hand, of course), you’ll soar in the first impression stakes.

Base your outfit around: knitwear

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Going out out


Going out out


When you’re dressing for drinks there are lots of ways you could go, but for winter we like to think about it in terms of boots. Just picture a pair of sand chukka boots, light jeans and a statement tee… the dream. Black Chelsea boots, dark jeans, black jumper - also a winner. And this can be your moment to go vintage. Try rugged boots, a supple leather jacket and worn-in denim for effortless cool.

“Be prepared for anything”

To be honest, we never know where drinks are headed. Keep a peacoat or Harrington handy for any location moves or impromptu alfresco drinking. Layers are great for transitioning from hot bar to blustery pavements. Think comfy, easy, suave and you’ll have a great time. Clink, clink.

Base your outfit around: boots

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