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From moving effortlessly from office to ‘out-out’ to looking like you’ve made an effort when you haven’t, here are three strong party looks to pick from


From office to ‘out-out’

You know the conundrum: big night on a school night – work Christmas party perhaps – that you want to dress up for, but don’t want to look like Liberace in the meeting with Accounts. So what to do? Your slim suit is perfectly fine in the day with your usual workwear so all you need to do come 5pm is swap your work shirt for a dress shirt, whip on a bow tie (pre-tied if you’re tight for time) and some dancing shoes and you’ll have switched up your look in a flash.

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“Prints and SHINY
surfaces bring a sense
of occasion


Black tie revisited

Dress codes can be a minefield and a millstone for those of us who love to make a statement. But if you’ve got a black-tie event coming up, fear not. Here’s what to do. Stick with the usual dress shoes – these ones have a pleasing matte section taking the edge off the fancy patent – and trousers with a side stripe, but then go for it with the jacket. Green velvet works a treat, and nods to the festive season nicely, while switching a dickie bow for an almost as dressy textured dinner tie keeps everything suitably occasional.

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“The SINGLE button jacket shape is bang on for the dress code


Late night drinks with attitude

It’s the festive season so making an effort is de rigueur. Mix things up a bit with a formal-meets-fun look that you can put together in the time it takes to say, ‘Jägerbombs?’ Start with a snazzy print – this lemur design is a cracker – layered over a crisp white T-shirt. Then make a night of it with the addition of a shawl collar single-breasted jacket, worn undone to reflect the more casual attitude. Add smart dark denim jeans rolled up over boots with a rocky edge and you’re all set.

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“Wear the SHIRT half unbuttoned to carry off the cool perfectly”


Editor: Ian Wright / Photographer: David Gubert / Stylist: Kenny Ho / Groomer: Tyler Johnson / Model: Terrell at The Squad

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