Christmas is always a joyous event highly anticipated by many. There’re sumptuous brunches, dinner parties, turkeys for you to indulge in, and plenty of gifts. And exactly six days later, it’ll be New Years Eve, which is the perfect excuse to keep the champagne flowing as you count down to 2017.
With so many upcoming parties, there’s the all-important question of what to wear. And this gets a little more complicated when we’re heading to a festive gathering straight from the office — which means we have to find something that’s versatile for work and play. Perhaps the ladies have it slightly easier, with a whole arsenal of day-to-night party outfits, party bags and stylish shoes (think Sarah Jessica Parker’s exclusive collection to Net-a-Porter — those metallic pumps are absolutely to die for) to choose from. But what about the men with careers? They can always play it safe and show up in a neatly pressed office shirt and trousers, but that isn’t exactly the most exciting option.
For our gentlemen friends who do not have the luxury of time to leave work early just for a quick change, we have put together five outfits that can easily take you from the office to your festive party.
Look suave for both work and night with a full on suit. Eliminate the third piece (a vest), since it can get a little humid and uncomfortable as you finish the day. You can don the entire set during the day, and remove the tie and pocket square when it’s time to head over to the party. Unbutton your shirt slightly for extra comfort.
Get the look: Lanvin grey slate wool suit, £873 (S$1,580), Hugo Boss white Jerrin cotton shirt, £83 (S$149), Paul Smith polka-dotted black silk tie, £67 (S$120), Charvet black silk pocket square, £50 (S$90), Gucci GG hardware black leather loafers, US$695 (S$984).
For those working in offices that do not have a strict dress code, opt for something more casual and relaxed. A polo t-shirt and a pair of chino trousers do the trick well, and they allow ease in movement during the day and night. This way, you’ll be less likely to cancel your plans.
Get the look: Gucci embroidered navy cotton polo t-shirt, £310 (S$556), Thom Browne slim-fit cotton chinos, £580 (S$1,039), Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, POA, Saint Laurent round frame acetate sunglasses, £208 (S$373), Salvatore Ferragamo Grandioso bit loafer, S$825.
If you’re heading for a really fancy party, choose an accessory that is more fun and quirky. Leave your ties at home and bring out the bowties — they’re definitely acceptable for both the office and a night out.
Get the look: Marni petrol green slim fit wool blazer, £860 (S$1,543), Paul Smith cotton poplin shirt, £108 (S$194), Canali navy slim-fit wool trousers, £162 (S$291), Favourbrook velvet bow tie, £50 (S$90), Paul Smith brown burnished leather belt, £79 (S$142), McCaffrey brown leather monk strap shoes, £432 (S$775).
Channel your inner nerd with geeky, yet fashion-worthy tortoise shell glasses. Pair them with earthy colours such as shades of ecru, camel and stone brown.
Get the look: Burberry ecru silk shirt with black piping, £312 (S$559), Gucci Double G buckle belt, US$420 (S$595), Jimmy Choo tassel leather loafers, £594 (S$1,080), Garrett Leight California Optical square frame tortoise shell acetate glasses, £192 (S$344), Maison Margiela cotton chino trousers, £289 (S$525).
Themed parties can be slightly annoying if you don’t have an appropriate outfit or accessories. But if you’re attending a vintage, retro or film-inspired bash, the easiest (and most handsome) character to emulate is the ’50s screen icon James Dean. Match a flight jacket with a simple t-shirt and trousers, and you’re all set for the day and night.
Get the look: A.P.C. tan suede flight jacket, £753 (S$1,351), Prada grey cotton t-shirt (pack of three), £164 (S$293), Incotex slim-fit moss green herringbone trousers, £217 (S$388), Cartier Drive de Cartier watch, S$8,600, Saint Laurent burnished silver chain bracelet, £233 (S$418), Church’s Measham black leather oxfords, £545 (S$977).