Here’s What a Smart Guy Should Wear for Holiday Parties This Year
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Among the many pressing questions that we all face right about now is this one: what to wear during holiday parties especially if you are a man? Whether you’re hosting, going to someone else’s house, or dining out, there will be photos. And maybe videos. You are almost certainly going to end up in someone’s social media post. So attention must be paid, dear reader. Here’s how smart men should dress for a holiday party this year: our top best designer fashion picks including trousers, sweaters, jackets, accessories and more.
like it or not, the holiday party is back and you’re invited
Heads up: festivities are coming and they’re coming fast. Corporate holiday parties (they’re baaaack), all the get-togethers that have to happen before everyone scurries to their families for eggnog and avoiding politics, dinner parties that feature all manner of roasts, New Year’s bashes (here before we know it). Your presence is requested at all of them.
designer fashion picks for men to wear to every kind of holiday party this year
Of course, such diversity in celebrations calls for different fits—nay, opportunities! As the twinkle lights get strung and your inbox fills with invitations, we’re here to help you figure out what to wear to holiday parties. Whether you’re stepping out to impress the boss at the company shindig, hanging with friends at a festive meal or hosting an open-house style fete yourself (or bopping around to all of the above), you’ll be ringing in the season in style.
5 picks for what to wear if you’re the one Hosting the Holiday Party
Get comfortable. You’re at home! And you want everyone else to feel that way too. Set the tone with a laid-back, luxe cardigan, roomy tailored trousers and seasonal slippers. They feel just right for pouring drinks and introducing all your friends to each other. It’s saying “Come on in!”
1. Cashmere Knitted Cardigan Begg x Co
Sub out a stiff jacket for a hefty, cozy cardigan. It was made to greet people.
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2. Flannel Drawstring Trousers by Stoffa
Pajama-adjacent wide leg and drawstring waist in our new favorite holiday color: deep indigo.
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3. Martini Slippers by Stubbs and Wootton
Holiday cheer, head-to-toe with these slippers.
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4. Rock the Myrhh Eau de Parfum by Dries Van Noten
Dries Van Noten’s relatively new genderless fragrance collection is all about contrasts and complementary notes, coming together in harmony—the reason for the season, right? Rock the Myrhh features scents of cypress, patchouli and suede.
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5. 24K Gold Plated Necklace by Alighieri
The pendant suspended from Alighieri’s 24k gold-plated Il Leone necklace is based on an antique Venetian coin and symbolizes courage and strength. Couldn’t hurt.
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5 picks for what to wear as a guest to a smart casual Holiday Party this year
Turns out the holiday season has a lot in common with vintage 70s vibes—plush fabrics, warm rich tones, turtlenecks and lots of gold. It all ends up looking festive without trying too hard.
6. Figaro Corduroy Suit by Caruso
Velvet’s chiller sibling, corduroy, is the ideal option to look dressed up, seasonally appropriate and still party-ready. The deep chocolate brown of this suit feels rich without being on-the-nose.
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7. Chelsea Ankle Boots by Tom Ford
Sleek boots by the patron saint of luxe menswear.
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8. Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater by Brunello Cucinelli
An ivory cashmere turtleneck will serve you well for all the party-hopping and keep the chill at bay for the rest of winter.
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9. Constellations Watch by Omega
This watch will help ensure you get back home and in bed before Santa comes.
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5 picks for What a smart man should Wear as a guest at a Formal Holiday Party this year
This is your moment to shine. Well, everyone’s moment to shine. It’s the holidays! Whether you’re heading to your company’s big bash or counting down to the New Year, embrace the opportunity to get really dressed up. Another glass of champagne, please.
10. Hugh Coat by The Row
It’s a pretty boss move to show up in a velvet overcoat, but this coat one strikes the right understated and elegant tone. Ideal over a tux.
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11. Double-Breasted Velvet Blazer by Tagliatore
The deep merlot color of this ooh-that-feels-nice velvet blazer is a smart nod to the season without veering into Santa suit territory.
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12. Black Leather Loafers by Alexander McQueen
These loafers are good n’ polished with a little bit of edge.
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13. Silk Scarf by Eton
If you can forego the tie and opt for a subtly-patterned silk evening scarf, do.
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14. White and Gold Crumple Cufflinks by Completedworks
Things are getting a little better these days, but men’s jewelry opportunities are still few and far between. When you have the chance to wear a pair of cufflinks—especially these abstract gold beauties from Completedworks—go for it.
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designer fashion picks for men for a holiday party this year
That’s our take on how smart men should dress for a holiday party this year: top designer fashion picks including trousers, sweaters, accessories and more. What do you say? Ready for the festive season to begin?
Isaiah Freeman-Schub is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, NY with his rescue dog, Lina. He’s had previous stints covering menswear at WSJ. magazine and Modern Luxury with his continuing work appearing in Mr Porter, T and more. He has a deep affection for purposeful, inviting design and the British TV cook Nigella Lawson.