Your Guide to Holiday Party Attire

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The holidays are here. And with the season comes the inevitable holiday parties and formal occasions. We all have them: the office holiday party, a swanky charity event, or maybe even an invitation to a winter wedding. These occasions call for a bit more panache. Meaning, it’s time to step it up a bit, have some fun, and be the best-dressed guy in the place. Not to mention your significant other will appreciate your attention to these matters.

Formal Wear has often been the same story, black tuxedo. However, these days, there are so many more options available to add some variety to your formal wardrobe – new colors, new fabrics, new styles, and different ways to wear them. But one thing should always be constant, be the best version of yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not – you won’t feel comfortable or confident and James Bond wouldn’t approve.

THE OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY

Office Holiday Party Navy Revenge Solid Suit

Style Tip: Drink a manly drink (or two) but that’s it, no one wants to be “that guy” the next day at the office. Go for a couple fingers of Single Malt Scotch or a Gin Martini and save the champagne for the ladies.

This occasion calls for a new navy. Not midnight blue, but true navies like our Navy Revenge Solid. This fabric has a shot of color that everyone will notice without being obnoxious. You’re a sharp dresser; let everyone know that you take that seriously outside the office as well.

Add a crisp white shirt with simple details, no placket, no pocket, and smoke buttons. Feel free to skip the tie, you’re not at the office after all – and if you do choose to wear a tie please don’t take this opportunity to wear a “novelty” tie, you’re not vying for the Office Clown Award. Keep the styling simple, clean, and sharp. Your boss will notice and you might even get a bit more respect around the office afterwards.

THE HOLIDAY CHARITY EVENT

Holiday Charity Event Burgundy Velvet Jacket

Style Tip: A velvet dinner jacket means it’s a formal style; a velvet jacket is a sportcoat. Each has its own occasion for wear. If opting for the dinner jacket, make sure the lapel you choose will coordinate with your other tuxedos (satin or grosgrain). That way you can make certain the trouser trim will match.

Time to step it up a bit. A night on the town is a great opportunity to wear something a bit different. Enter, the velvet dinner jacket. You have two choices, burgundy or black, each have their merits but it depends on your style and comfort level. If you’re feeling daring, go for the burgundy. Have a more classic sensibility? Go black. We like a shawl collar with a velvet dinner jacket, but peak or notch lapels are perfectly acceptable as well. As for the shirt, once again keep it simple but modern. A darker tonal shirt would speak to the occasion nicely. Pair with the trousers from your black tuxedo or black suit and finish it off with a velvet loafer or slipper. 

THE WINTER WEDDING

Winter Wedding Black Tuxedo Attire

Style Tip: Bowties are meant to be hand tied. Pre-tied versions are readily available, but take the time and integrity to learn how to tie a bowtie and go for it. Hand tied bowties shouldn’t look perfect – that’s the beauty of it.

The black tie wedding in winter is no different than the rest of the year – although there might be more black tie weddings held in the colder months than the warmer months. A classic black tuxedo is the standard for this occasion; however, you can opt for a midnight blue and still make sure you’re adhering to the dress code.

Try a shawl collar in satin – this classic style will read more debonair and give you a little different look than the black peak lapel tux hanging in your closet. Wear with a white full collar tuxedo shirt (bib, or “Marcella” front is preferred to pleated these days), or just a simple nice white shirt with shell buttons will do nicely. Just make sure it’s simply styled (no pocket and no placket if possible) and cleanly hand-pressed. This occasion isn’t called black tie for nothing – and yes that means you should wear a black bowtie. Make sure the texture matches the trim on your tuxedo. Stud sets are still common for wear with a tuxedo, but remember that a set only includes four studs, plan on wearing a cummerbund, or buying an extra set.