Step up your going-out game – these are the key pieces to elevate your partywear wardrobe
The velvet jacket
We can’t think of a more festive fabric than velvet. The rich pile and soft touch create an indulgent and luxurious feel that’s ideal for party season. Stand out from the crowd by opting for deep jewel tones: this velvet shawl blazer comes in emerald, black and navy, as well as classic black. Pair with a crisp white shirt or T-shirt – just remember to double check the dress code first. If you’re looking to invest in a true modern classic, try this velvet checked jacket from Jaeger. Expertly crafted from pure cotton made by a specialist Italian mill and finished with premium details, it’s sure to be the star of the show. Keep the rest of your look simple. Pair with plain trousers to let the blazer take centre stage.
The going-out shirt
Look for shirts that make a subtle statement for the festive party season. We love the contrast between the stripes and the inky tone of this Autograph shirt, which will look slick paired with black trousers and smart shoes. Trying different textures can also be a great way to add a bit of glitz to your partywear wardrobe. This silk-blend polo shirt feels and looks luxurious enough for a festive soirée but can also be dressed up or down. Or dress to impress in a patterned shirt: a monochrome colour palette can be an easier way to try print if you’re traditionally happier in something plain. Go for this stylish floral-print shirt in dark grey – it will look great with simple black trousers and trainers.
The statement suit
When Christmas parties are coming thick and fast, a suit is a low-effort, high-impact choice – plus, you’re sure to wear it again. Go for a luxe after-dark look by pairing a tuxedo jacket with a dark shirt and velvet loafers. This Autograph suit in wool-rich flannel is another smart option. Swap a shirt for a roll-neck jumper for a contemporary take on tailoring. Different textures and tones can stop a suit from feeling too traditional. We’re coveting this teal Autograph suit, which we’ll be wearing with crisp white trainers – all the better for busting out those party dance moves.
The smart-casual option
Not all Christmas parties require you to show up fully suited and booted. If this year’s work do is a more chilled out affair, we have you covered. An overshirt is an easy way to look like you’ve made just the right amount of effort. Utilitarian details, such as flap pockets and popper fastenings, lend a clean finish to this Autograph overshirt and the dark green colour suits everyone. A zip-up polo shirt is another useful piece to have in your party-season wardrobe. Wear with tapered trousers – we like this navy corduroy pair – or layer under a smart shacket for a look that’s just dressed up enough.
Words: Ian Wright and Emily Sutherland