It’s a common misconception that men’s party-wear comes down to one thing – the suit. Or at the very least a pair of trousers and a smart shirt. But there’s a whole world of pieces out there that are as comfortable on the dance-floor as the catwalk, and they’re easier to wear than you might think. Here’s just three items that can help you stand out in the festive season…
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When opting to wear an eye-catching piece most people are inclined to choose a bold top - making striking trousers the territory of the more fashion-forward among us. They can be daunting yes, but a bold pattern on an immaculately cut pair worn with a classic knit or simple blazer can be dazzlingly chic if you have the confidence to pull it off. And if you don’t, coloured velvet trousers are a safer yet still visually arresting bet. A warning though: leave Johnny Rotten and Rod Stewart to battle it out over the red tartan.
Star Piece: These Paul Smith
trousers mix muted tones and a busy pattern for the perfect balance of smartness and edge - wear with black boots and blazer for art-rock cool.
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The run-up to Christmas is a time when knitwear is not only acceptable party-wear, it’s positively encouraged. Colourful but luxurious sweaters are a sophisticated sartorial choice and a festive one too, and if you’re still worried about not looking smart enough, put on a shirt underneath with the collar buttoned up so there’s still a sense of formality.
Star Piece: Neil Barrett
’s metallic sweater adds catwalk pizazz and a sense of celebration to the classic jumper.
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Adding some warmth and colour to your wardrobe will instantly increase the sense of festive cheer, and eschewing loud, garish shades in favour of muted jewel tones – rich blue, emerald green, burgundy and deep purple is a good way of showing off some fashion kudos. Plus they’re more flattering, and will certainly make you stand out against those monochrome suits.
Star Piece: Raf Simons
is the king of understated chic, and his sapphire blue sweater is at once effortless, elegant and impossible not to look at.
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