Christmas comes but once a year and with it numerous festive parties. From zero-effort outfits to going "all out", our guide makes looking sharp at your seasonal soirées a doddle
When only the smartest outfit will do, the tried-and-tested dinner suit and bow tie combo never fails. But if you want to update the standard black and white thing, switch out your shirt for one as dark as night. The sheen from the suit’s lapels and shiny shoes stops everything looking flat, leaving you to dance the night away in style.
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If a dinner jacket still seems appropriate but you don’t fancy such a full-on formal look, swap the black DJ for midnight blue and the dickie bow for a standard tie, in colours that complement each other. There’s a confidence that comes from taking the edge off the look while still being respectful of dress codes.
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Definitely not for wallflowers, this tartan tux (coming soon) really gets the party started. Its decidedly modern cut brings the traditional check bang up to date, while the pattern is subtle enough to avoid original TGI Friday-era Chris Evans connotations. Just don’t be tempted to try to coordinate the check with your tie and pocket square – if in doubt, leave it out.
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Whether you’re feeling daring or going out straight from the office, the quick way to switch up your jacket-and-trousers combo is changing the shirt for a roll-neck jumper. The high neck still carries the necessary gravitas but could easily be swapped out for a T-shirt to create a more pared-back take on a party suit.
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Heading out straight after work often means foregoing preening in favour of cracking on with the fun down your local. But your party look needn’t suffer – a bomber jacket is an unexpected switch-up for the blazer, while novelty socks are full of festive cheer.
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