The festive season - what to wear to the office, and other parties...

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When choosing what to wear for any occasion it would be wise to consider the host, setting, and make sure the finished effect reflects your consistent personal-style.  Moreover, not every party calls for a spectacular outfit so brush up on your dress-code definitions and make sure you have a few key pieces in your ‘arsenal’ to creatively transform a look and create the desired, and perceived effortless signature effect. 

I am all in favour of wearing an outfit more than once, but when it comes to velvet or florals be mindful of your statement. These looks stand out so consider the setting carefully before reusing.  If you decide to wear sequins opt for good craftsmanship. Check at the seams and make sure the finished garment does not appear tacky. If you are not keen on glitter, opt for brocade and sign the look off with striking shoes. A small glittered gesture will distinguish you in a crowd, so choose wisely and stay true to your personal style preference.

Here are a few non shimmered seasonal bests that will prove timeless and worth investing in:

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Classic Tuxedo - Replace the traditional tux with a winter white, velvet, jacquard or soft coloured one, it is easily found - Like in this photo of a Tom Ford design.

Leather - stick to jackets and ties. Unlike for women, you get a bit of a raw deal when it comes to leather trousers guys. Here it’s not enough to feel you can!! Unless you are in your twenties or going for a fancy dress you will be hard pressed to find the leather trousers that will look right for a night out.

Accessories - I can’t stress this enough: they are key to transforming an outfit not only for women. Your shoes, ties, waistcoat, eyewear, pocket squares, cufflinks and belts, are all considered accessories, so be consistent with the overall style statement you are going for. This is where you can really express your personality, be it with brocade and tweed waistcoats or braces and please, avoid novelty ties.

As always, DressYourWay, Danit