The party season is a time of great fashion opportunities, but it’s also an occasion when countless crimes against style are perpetrated. While you can never go wrong with a sharp bespoke suit, we’ve put together a few timeless ideas for party outfits to make sure you sail through the festive season in style – whatever the occasion.
The office party
Office parties are generally informal affairs, but there’s no excuse to not look good. Taking an outfit from work to play needn’t be a hassle. Wear a smart suit during the daytime, and add a few accessories to sharpen your look for the night. Invest in a good quality leather belt, some dress shoes, and maybe even a colour pop pocket square with a festive scheme and you’ll be ready to rock. If you think this look is a little too formal, wear your blazer open over a shirt and remove your tie – you’ll go from smart to smart-casual in an instant.
Cocktail parties are a great opportunity to add a little more flair to your outfit. Using your tailored suit as the base, pick out colours in the fabric to match your shirt and accessories. A slightly ruffled look works well, so losing the tie and even opening the collar of your shirt can look cool and party-ready – especially if you have picked a shirt with extra details, such as contrasting patterned fabric on the inside of the collar.
New Year’s Eve firework party
Go all out with the smartest suit, shoes and accessories you can find to see in the New Year with panache. A good quality fabric and tailored cut will scream sophisticated taste and flatter any build. Be sure to keep warm for the fireworks by adding a well-cut wool dress coat, keeping the length between hip and knee level for the best outline. For a touch of luxury, add a cashmere scarf to keep the chill from your chest.
Black tie ball
If there were ever a perfect opportunity to invest in a bespoke handmade suit, a black tie ball would be it. The classic dinner jacket will never go out of fashion, and can be updated with modern accessories for years to come. A mid-weight fabric will see you through every season, while extra touches such as alternate fabrics on lapels or pocket edges will add texture and depth to a classic look. Make sure to have your white shirt professionally pressed, and learn how to tie a proper bow tie for the finishing touch.
Increasingly popular, winter weddings crop up in the festive calendar as an extra event to attend. Depending on the official dress code for the wedding, you can’t go wrong with a neutral-coloured suit, plain shirt and smart details such as cufflinks. Ties are always a good option for weddings, and to keep the look timeless we suggest going for a mid-width one and avoiding the super-skinny look. Team straight leg or slightly tapered trousers with quality brogues comfortable enough to dance the night away!
Whatever the occasion, a quality handmade suit – whether made-to-measure or made bespoke – will see you through the party season in style. The multitude of options available to dress a suit up or down with the simple art of accessorising means the investment will pay off for years. Make sure you have the best