How To Dress For Your Holiday Party

 

Holiday parties can be a head-scratcher when it comes to dress code. Deciphering what “cocktail attire” looks like or figuring out if “creative black tie” actually means you have to wear black is often more confusing than it should.

The bottom line is you’re not Tom Hanks and your party invite is not The Da Vinci Code; so to help you put together the right outfit, I’ve styled a lookbook that’ll serve you as a handy little guide to attending any holiday party and doing it in style. No matter the dress code, whether an upscale work event or a family low key gathering, these five looks will get you through the holiday festivities in style. – And no, “black tie” doesn’t only mean black.

 
 

THE SUIT AND TIE COMBO

If you’re a suit kind-of-guy, this look is for you. It’s a look that you could comfortably wear to a day-or-night holiday party. Keep the look sharp by sticking to a suit that fits well and you feel good in. Navy and black look great together, especially for a holiday look. Opt for a slim tie and trade your wingtips for a Chelsea boot.

Wearing suit jacket by 7Diamonds, trousers by Bar III, oxford shirt by Perry Ellis, skinny tie by H&M, chelsea boots by Christian Louboutin


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MAKE A STATEMENT

If you really want to stand out and not blend into the crowd, ditch your traditional suit and try one with a bold pattern. It’ll grab just the right amount of attention, without making you look like a cartoon. To streamline the look, opt for a clean white shirt and do away with any ties around your neck.

Wearing tuxedo by Mr Turk, oxford shirt by Perry Ellis, patent leather oxford shoes by Kenneth Cole


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EMBRACE THE TURTLENECK

As long as you do it right, the turtleneck can be your new favorite not-too-dressy, not-too-casual alternative to a collared shirt. Black is sharp but if you want something less severe, try light brown or deep green, layered under a tuxedo jacket and never tucked in.

Wearing tuxedo jacket by INC International Concepts, turtleneck sweater by INC International Concepts, tuxedo trousers by Mr Turk, patent leather oxford shoes by Kenneth Cole, glasses by Persol


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MIX THINGS UP

For a bold look, try layering patterns and textures. The key here is contrast. This pairing of wool, velvet, and denim works because none of the textures are too similar, and the graphic sweater works because it’s the only pattern vying for your attention.

Wearing velvet jacket by H&M, graphic sweater by H&M, jeans by Dr. Denim, chelsea boots by Stacy Adams, glasses by Persol


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CASUAL IN JEANS

Jeans at a holiday party? Why the hell not? Light jeans tend to be more casual than darker ones, so this look is best suited for a casual gathering. To up the ante, balance out the jeans with an uber dressy dinner jacket and throw on a bow tie for good measure.

Wearing tuxedo jacket by Mr Turk, oxford shirt by Perry Ellis, bow tie by The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s, jeans by Levi’s, patent leather oxford shoes by Kenneth Cole


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A special thank you to G12 for letting me shoot my holiday lookbook at their glamorous property. G12 is a stunning new living quarter in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles designed for the resident that lives life at the speed of luxe. The property is packed with chic amenities including a 24hr gym, a pool and spa deck, a media room and sky terraces with priceless DTLA views. They are located at 1200 S Grand Ave. For more information about G12, visit g12.la.