The holiday season is officially here, which means all the party invites are about to start rolling in. Whether you’re headed to a small gathering with friends or getting ready for a black-tie gala, you’ll definitely want to match your outfit to the level of formality. We’re here to help inspire you, so consider your outfits sorted—after all, we want you to focus on the festivities. Keep scrolling to see four ideas for men’s holiday party attire that are perfect for different types of events.
If you’ve been invited to an affair like a gala or charity ball, you might be wondering what the formalwear dress code entails. While each specific event may vary in the level of formality, you can always check with the organizer to see what their vision is for the event. An always-dependable choice is a black tuxedo, bow tie, and patent-leather shoes. Try a silk pocket square for a luxurious pop of color, and a bracelet watch for a refined finish.
You’ll want to pick an outfit that’s sophisticated enough for the workday yet can transition to after-work cocktails without looking out of place. Choose a sport coat in a bright, wintry shade of grey to give yourself the option of wearing it to the party or leaving it at your desk to create a more relaxed, casual vibe. We love the look of a cashmere sweater with chinos and penny loafers to help you toast to the team in style.
With so many parties and celebrations this season, a low-key gathering can be a refreshing change of pace. You’ll want to put together an elevated casual outfit—something that’s relaxed yet polished to match the intimate feel of a dinner party. Try a band-collared shirt under a shawl-collar cardigan, then add black jeans with a pair of sleek chelsea boots. (Oh, and a bottle of wine for your host.)
Is there any event more fun to dress for than a sweater party? There really aren’t any rules, except to have a little fun with your outfit. Create your own take on the theme by picking a striking graphic sweater—we’re partial to a bold, chunky striped pullover paired with a neutral sneaker. Throw on a classic bomber jacket to keep the look feeling modern.