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  • Peter White
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Festive Parties: Dressing for Success


Now that Autumn is well underway, the usual social occasions are just around the corner; from dressing for Hallowe’en celebrations to huddling up in sumptuous knitwear for Guy Fawkes Night, the colder months always bring lots of fresh style and clothing challenges. The most important event of all though, and the one that requires most planning is the Christmas party; whether it’s full of family or hosted by your workplace, you’re going to want to look your absolute best – so we’ve come up with some great tips for successful festive dressing that will help you on your way.

Pay Attention to the Dress Code

Dressing for a festive party can be a tricky affair; while you might be keen to get into the swing of things and relax, it’s important to pay attention to the rules. While a family get-together might mean you can break out your jeans and casual shirts, the office event is probably going to be more formal, so you’re going to need to keep it smart with a bespoke suit and suitable accessories. Dress codes are established for a reason, particularly if the celebrations are being held in an upmarket hotel or club, and not paying attention to these can leave you out in the cold rather than inside in the warm, clutching a sizeable mulled wine.

Start with Good Basics

If you’re heading off to a party that calls for formalwear, premium tailoring is an excellent starting point; the good thing about a celebration is that you can think outside the box, and consider colours that you might not necessarily be able to wear to work. Burgundy, navy blue and even subtle patterns are great options for partywear, and they can be easily accessorised with either neutrals or contrasting colours. A crisp shirt is a must, as are well-polished shoes – this is also a time to experiment with slightly different footwear; think textured leathers, small details such as tassles and even brightly coloured laces for a touch of the eccentric.

Add some Great Accessories

Even when the occasion is formal, the Christmas party is a good time to have fun with accessories; think bright colours, eclectic patterns and fun fabrics, mixed in with some clean lines and beautiful classic neutrals to make you look the part. A coloured bespoke suit looks wonderful when teamed with a white shirt and a tie of a contrasting colour, and adding quirky cufflinks is always a great option – think novelty shapes, diverse pictures and fun patterns. Make sure you stay away from novelty ties though; there is nothing stylish about an accessory that either plays a Christmas tune or lights up, and arriving in one of these will make you stand out for all the wrong reasons.

  • Peter White
  • Style Inspiration

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