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What to Wear to A Holiday Party

December 12th, 2012

Holiday party’s around the corner and you’re not sure what to wear? This is your time to bring it and have some fun! This should help…

Happy Holidays from the Articles of Style Team!

1. Try a Tartan

Nothing says holiday attire like rich plaids and warm textures.

You know that bold tartan/plaid/windowpane suit that you bought on instinct and sometimes wear as “statement sepearates”? This is your chance to muster up the cojones to wear it as a full suit.

Towni pulls-off this awesome holiday suit by pairing it with other, more muted, seasonal essentials: cardigan sweater, hidden-placket shirt, bowtie, velvet slippers and, of course, a Santa hat.

The small finishing touches bring it all together.

Silver skier cufflinks are a fun accent for the season, while cashmere socks keep you cozy and have an amazing texture under that no-break hemline.


Textured White Broadcloth Shirt

  • Tartan plaid suit by Rugby Ralph Lauren ·
  • Grey chambray bowtie by Hickey ·
  • Grey wool cardigan by Uniqlo ·
  • Silver ski guy cufflinks Vintage ·
  • Grey cashmere blend socks by Marcoliani ·
  • Forest green velvet slippers by Del Toro
  • · White textured tuxedo shirt

2. Bust Out a Dinner Jacket

If it’s a more formal occasion, a dinner jacket is the way to go. Preferably one-button with a shawl collar.

Alex brought back the vintage silk number he wore to prom, and it still fits like a glove.

Again, the details are key to pulling it all together.

Slim striped bowtie in the colors of the jacket, black pocket square, and, of course, camera cufflinks.

I also love how Alex keeps the bottom half more casual with black Levis 511 jeans, wingtips and colored socks.

High/low at it’s finest.


Textured White Broadcloth Shirt

  • Thrifted Vintage Black/Grey Smoking Jacket ·
  • Black/Grey Striped Tie by Penguin ·
  • Vintage Camera Cufflinks (Grandfather’s) ·
  • Black jeans by Levi’s 511 ·
  • Black alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Red Socks by J.Crew ·
  • Black Wingtips by Florsheim
  • · White formal shirt

3. Go Fair Isle

Got a casual shindig with friends and family?

Keep it simple but sharp, like Towni in his blue blazer, chambray shirt, fair isle sweater, burnt orange cords and cordovan tassel loafers.

A slim sweater can be tucked-in. It’s a nice way to show-off a well-made belt, which can complete the look by bringing together the top and bottom.

Speaking of textures, don’t forget to winterize your socks too.

  • Grey cashmere beanie by JCrew ·
  • Blue chambray shirt by Rag&Bone ·
  • Navy fair isle sweater by JCrew ·
  • Belt by Keil James Patrick ·
  • Orange corduroys by Facconable ·
  • Marled socks by Lands End ·
  • Burgundy tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy

4. Make Your Suit Formal

Quick and easy tip:

Take any well-fitting solid dark suit from your closet (navy, black, grey, etc) and pair it with a white hidden-placket shirt and black bowtie.

Instantly you have a fresh take on semi-formal, using pieces you (should) already have in your closet.

Keep the shoes black with clean lines. The more minimal, the more powerful.


Textured White Broadcloth Shirt

  • Essential Light Navy Suit ·
  • Black silk grosgrain bowtie by Brooks Brothers ·
  • Black Seamless Lace-Up Shoes by Ferragamo Tramezza
  • · White textured tuxedo shirt

5. Winter White Dinner Jacket

If the event is “black tie formal” you can go with a classic tuxedo, or stand out from the crowd in a white dinner jacket.

With a dinner jacket, you can go with tuxedo pants or simple black trousers.

And of course, formal lace-ups or fancy slippers.


Black Essential Trouser

Textured White Broadcloth Shirt


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford