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Men’s Outfit Ideas for Christmas Parties

Feature: Quick Read

Action stations, gents. Invitations are coming thick and fast in what’s set to be a back-to-back party season. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation though. Riotous printed shirts are fair game at that knees-up with the inner circle – but they won’t fly at a black-tie event with the company shareholders. Here’s your guide to navigating every RSVP.

Spotlight: Giorgio Armani

As party guests go, the Giorgio Armani man is always in demand. His festive social calendar is a masterpiece of coordination – not unlike his wardrobe – with RSVPs spanning intimate dinners and exclusive events demanding individual sartorial attention. One night (for the New Year’s Eve countdown, perhaps), a satin-trimmed tuxedo with an immaculately tailored shirt, polished cufflinks, and Derby shoes; elsewhere, an ice-breaking shirt and slick velvet tailoring fit the brief. With Giorgio Armani, the modern partygoer is ready for anything.

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Dress Code: After-Work Drinks

’Tis the season for putting faces to names – for taking the chat offline and networking with a capital N. What’s needed is an outfit that segues seamlessly from work to play. Perhaps your base pieces stay the same, but you add an impactful fine watch or switch up the blazer to delineate when you’re off the clock. Block-colour velvet is festive without being showy and works well with fine-knits and tailoring alike.

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Paul Smith jacket and trousers, TOM FORD jumper

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Dress Code: Big Night Out

House party or long-overdue night on the town – you’ve earned the opportunity to let loose, so your wardrobe should follow suit. Cutting a rug? That ice-breaking Casablanca or Balmain shirt will come into its own, either distracting from or drawing the eye to your dance moves – however you choose to interpret it. Silk and satins keep things in party territory.

Dress Code: Formal Parties

Unless it’s been a particularly busy year for weddings, the days in and around December will bring your highest concentration of black- and white-tie occasions. Dinners, galas, a New Year’s Eve countdown and yet another wedding – any tuxedo will get ample mileage, so it pays to invest in something you’ll enjoy wearing. Giorgio Armani, TOM FORD and Canali are a cut above.

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L–R: Brioni jacket, Brunello Cucinelli shirt, Canali trousers, TOM FORD bow tie; Brioni jacket, shirt and trousers, Eton bow tie

  • Shot on location atMandarin Oriental Hyde Park

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