But what about the men? Is it assumed that we are all style gurus, confident in knowing exactly what to wear to any event? Or perhaps we don’t care about these things as much as our female counterparts? From my own personal experience, I can tell you that neither of these is true!
This year I am determined to compile a ‘What to Wear this Party Season’ guide for men. Something to show the women that we too can get excited about our outfits for the Christmas parties…sort of
All men should have the staple party attire already in their wardrobes, a well fitted, timeless dark suit, a white dress shirt and of course, dress shoes that match your suit. A recipe for success in almost any situation.
…But wait, this is what we wear all year round I hear you cry! Indeed you are right. So here’s how to liven it up…
The key factor for creating a classy yet festive look is to accessorize without going over the top. Avoid party shirts, novelty Christmas ties and sequin jackets at all costs!
I find that the Christmas party season is a brilliant opportunity to wear one of my silk ties. My favourite is a royal blue, pure silk tie that looks amazing against the crisp white of a fitted dress shirt.
Once you have chosen your tie, find some cufflinks to go with it. The ideal cufflinks should either match the tie or compliment it. This year I have bought some enamel gold cufflinks with diamonds and sapphires. They add the perfect amount of glitz to my outfit without making me look like a Christmas tree!
If you are going to a party where the dress code is more casual, take the opportunity to have fun with your cufflinks. I have some penguin cufflinks that are great for these types of parties.
If you are really determined to wear something festive, I’m sure you will be forgiven for wearing Christmas socks, just make sure they are well hidden!