Men - it's that time of year. The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and men across the country are scouring their closets for the perfect office Christmas party outfit.
It's true: that outfit doesn't exist! There is no suit for all occasions, so it's important that you understand the different types of holiday outfits you can and can't wear to the office holiday party.
Timeless Classic: White Shirt and Suit Pants
The holidays are almost here, which means office parties are just around the corner. If you're struggling with what to wear, consider the classic white shirt and blazer. This timeless set is perfect for both men and women and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
For a more formal Christmas party look, pair the shirt and pants with a black blazer and formal shoes. Add some sparkle with jewelry or a festive scarf.
If you're going for a casual party, ditch the jacket and go for something more casual. A leather jacket can be a casual winter alternative to a blazer, and it can help you stand out in a crowd.
Swap your dress shoes for loafers or suede desert boots. In short, it's a versatile set that can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
Casual: Sweaters and Formal Shirts
If you're looking for something more casual to wear to the office party, try pairing a sweater with a dress shirt.
This look is comfortable and festive, but still appropriate for an office setting. Of course, this is an office party, so a full suit may not be necessary. But you still need to maintain your image, and a shirt with a sweater may be the perfect balance of festive and professional.
Complete your Christmas party outfit with a pair of pants or chinos and some dress shoes. Add a pocket square for extra sophistication!
Pro tip: To avoid a sloppy outfit, make sure your sweater fits well and your formal shirt is tucked in.
Casual elegance: Blazer with Dark Jeans
Christmas office parties can be difficult to navigate, especially when looking for the perfect outfit. You want to look elegant and neat, but you don't want to look too formal or overdressed.
A great option for a Christmas office party outfit is a blazer paired with jeans and a formal shirt. This look is classy and relaxed and is appropriate for most office party settings.
Dark gray/blue jeans are great with a blazer - they are not as casual as light blue jeans and show that you still care about office expectations.
Pair them with a pair of white sneakers or suede Chelsea boots for the perfect look. Christmas office parties are the perfect opportunity to show off your style, so have fun!
Dapper Gent: Bow Tie with Suspenders
For an office Christmas party look that's sure to impress, consider pairing a halter bow tie with wool pants. This look is sleek and sophisticated, but still festive enough for the holiday season.
To make sure you look your best, make sure you know how to tie a bow tie! You may have the most festive and incredible bow tie in your closet - but it won't look good if you don't know how to tie it.
Straps should also be the right size so they don't slip off your shoulders. Depending on your mood, choose a solid color or a patterned carrier. It is the season after all!
One word of warning - avoid wearing patterns with clashing patterns. If you choose a patterned bow tie, choose a solid color camisole and vice versa.
This cardigan can be worn over a shirt or even over a turtleneck sweater for extra warmth, and chinos provide a nice contrast to the sweater. Loafers add a touch of elegance to the outfit, which should help elevate your outfit from regular work wear to something more personal. Whether you're mingling with colleagues or partying all night, this outfit will allow you to look your best while staying comfortable all night long.
Black Tie: Tuxedo
Sometimes, a Christmas office party calls for a formal occasion.
This has become less common in recent years, but there are still companies that opt for a more elegant event for their annual holiday party. Therefore, it is crucial to understand how to dress for the occasion.
For black-tie events, the traditional tuxedo is always a safe bet - just make sure you wear a straightforward white shirt, bow tie and cufflinks that match your tuxedo. Black or dark socks should be worn with patent leather shoes, and of course, don't forget your pocket square! With these key pieces in place, you're ready to party in style.
No matter what look you want, always remember that the purpose of a Christmas office party is to have fun and connect with your colleagues. So don't forget to relax and enjoy yourself - after all, it's the season!