Be the best-dressed man at every holiday party

Updated on December 22 2016

It’s officially that time of the year when party invitations start flooding in, and unless you’re going as Santa Claus, you probably want to start planning your outfits to ensure that you’re dressed smartly for different events. After all, now’s the time to make an impression, whether to get your boss’s attention, angle for new business contacts or meet someone special at a friend’s party. Feeling overwhelmed? We’ve put together a list of outfit suggestions to help you survive all the holiday festivities.

Office Party

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Office holiday parties usually take place after a day of work, so it’s essential to figure out an office-to-party strategy. You probably won’t need to change into an entirely different outfit, so focus on the accessories. Simply switch your tie to a bowtie, then add a pocket square with a bolder pattern or brighter colours to give your workwear a party-appropriate, festive spin.

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Where to buy: Lanvin Attitude-fit wool suit (HK$9,579) / Valentino Button-cuff slim-fit cotton-blend shirt (HK$2,383) / Dolce & Gabbana polka dot jacquard bow tie (HK$1,497) / Salvatore Ferragamo horse print pocket square (HK$775) / Church’s classic Oxford shoes (HK$4,331).

Social Events

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For social events, whether they’re work-related or just drinks with the in-laws, you want to look like you’ve made an effort — but avoid anything too formal. This is when the turtleneck sweater becomes your best friend. Wear it over a pair of tartan trousers, then add a tailored overcoat in a warmer tone to give your look an eye-catching but sophisticated finish.

Where to buy: Paul Smith ‘A Coat To Travel In’ overcoat (HK$12,658) / Paul Smith roll neck jumper (HK$2,047) / Gucci mid-rise tartan wool trousers (HK$7,100) / Dsquared2 mocassino loafers (HK$4,306).

Gathering with Friends

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Whether it’s a house party hosted by friends or just out partying with the gang, this is the occasion when you want to relax a little but still look put-together. Loosen up with contrasting colours and a brighter tone, but choose a minimal silhouette to keep it modern and stylish.

Where to buy: J.W. Anderson single breasted degrade coat (HK$6,757) / AMI Crew-neck wool-blend sweater (HK$1,203) / PT01 slim-fit trousers (HK$1,331) / Gucci tiger embroidered sneakers (HK$6,100).