From a black tie evening to a relaxed mulled cider in the pub, the festive season provides a multitude of events and each requires a different outfit for the occasion. If you’re a man with a calendar full of festive events you’re probably slightly confused about what you are expected to wear, but don’t worry because we’re here to help you crack those invitation dress codes. 

You’ll want to adhere to the dress code but also stand out for your excellent style choices. If this sounds like you and all the complications of the festive season are making your head spin, our handy guide is all you need for Christmas. These three failsafe looks will ensure you have every occasion under control and all you’ll need to do is enjoy the jolly season.

The Classic Gentleman

The classic gentlemanGet the look– from left: Black Tie pintuck white dress shirt, KG Kurt Geiger black formal shoes, Jeff Banks black dinner jacket, Black tie black silk bow tie, Jeff Banks black trousers

There is nothing wrong with simplicity; a traditional tuxedo will always look dapper. Black and white is an understated yet suave combination that will look just as good in ten years time. To elevate the classic ensemble, a well groomed aesthetic is essential because this look is all about clean lines and sophistication. So make sure to top it off with a clean shave and a sharp hair cut. After all, the party season is the time to make an effort and by channeling your inner James Bond you’ll have a lovely lady on your arm in no time.

It says: ‘I’m professional and look after myself. I like to take the opportunity to dress up and I prefer to invest in classic pieces rather than fashion trends’.

Wear it to: A formal dinner, new year’s eve party or a black tie ball.

Top tip: Opt for a slim, tailored cut to strike a more stylish note.

The Dapper Gent

The Dapper GentGet the look– from left: Thomas Nash regular white shirt, Jeff Banks dark red tie, Base London black leather shoes, Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant grey checked suit

Take inspiration from Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass with an updated version of the classic suit; the three piece. A waistcoat and blazer has become a fashionable yet smart option for the modern man. To avoid looking like you’ve tried too hard opt for a brown tweed or blue colourway to tone down the formality of the full suit. Accessorise with a silk tie and pocket square in contrasting paisley patterns. To complete the look leave a little stubble and slick your hair back. The best bit? It’s smart enough to wear to work so it’ll take you from boardroom to the bar with ease.

It says: ‘I like to look smart but want to stand out from the crowd. My style is based around traditional pieces but with a modern twist, that way I can have the best of both worlds’.

Wear it to: After work drinks, the work Christmas party or a swanky dinner date.

Top tip: Add personality with a silk pocket square in your favourite pattern.

The Chilled Out Chap

The Relaxed GuyGet the look– from left: Jeff Banks white penny collar slim fit shirt, Thomas Nash tan leather brogues, Jeff Banks navy velvet blazer, Jeff Banks grey trousers

With black tie and evening events solved it’s time to tackle that dreaded ‘smart-casual’ dress code but there’s not need to fear, we’re making it simple. Smart-casual is easy to pull off, just make sure that something in your outfit is a little more relaxed. For starters, ditch the tie, this will instantly add a more casual feel. No matter what people say, denim is suitable- wear jeans with a smart dinner jacket or try a mixture of textures like this lavish velvet blazer with cotton twill trousers. Simply slip on your trusty white shirt underneath- we love this penny collar shirt for it’s modern spin on the plain shirt. A pair of brown brogues are the perfect accompaniment to the relaxed look.

It says: ‘I like my style to be unique and original. I like to experiment with trends and prefer a more relaxed look that I can mix and match for many occasions’.

Wear it to: After work drinks, Christmas Eve in the pub or a day at the races on Boxing Day.

Top tip: For a more casual occasion swap out the shirt for an on-trend turtleneck jumper. Read more about how to wear the roll neck here.

Now we’ve showed you how to dress the part it’s time to don your waistcoat and brogues with your pocket square in tow. Happy holidays.

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