Whether you’re spending the holidays with family and friends or living it up at the company Christmas party, flirting with the line between entertaining and talk-of-the-office drunk, it never hurts to be appropriately dressed for the occasion. Below are three looks that’ll help you prepare for whatever the holiday season may to throw your way.
Holidays present an opportunity to upgrade our wardrobes. Bonuses and tax returns are just around the corner, after all. Last year, my wife’s company Christmas party was the catalyst to purchasing the classic navy suit I’d been drooling over for months. And I’m glad I took the plunge, because that one purchase allowed me to look my best on more than 10 different occasions over the past year. Worth every penny.
Casual – Cozy Family Get-together
The goal with this look is to be dressed up enough to ease any concerns potential in-laws may have while still being comfortable enough to drink beer and watch A Christmas Story on repeat with the fam.
Semi Formal – Downtown Steakhouse with Friends
Any event taking place at a nice restaurant is the perfect excuse to break out your perfectly tailored suit. You do have one, right? Here we’ll keep everything muted, but still elegant enough to not come off as boring.
Formal – Swanky Office Cocktail Party
If you live in an era in which electricity is common, you probably don’t have many chances to wear a velvet dinner jacket. Take advantage of this opportunity and have a little fun playing to your sophisticated side. To make things interesting, we’ll keep the look classic with one pop of color. This could be a patterned shirt, bold tie, or plaid trousers. It’s best to stick to just one loud piece, showing that you know and respect the rules but aren’t afraid to break them occasionally.