Parties can be all over the map when it comes to dressing code. Especially when anything in the ballpark of “creative black tie” or “dressy casual” is involved. Whether it’s an upscale event or something low key, corporate parties have an unwritten dress code. In a sense, dressing for formal events makes the decision making the process easier than more casual events. Because the option of garment type has been decided at formal events, the remaining details are few. Even though the gentlemen are limited to black and other muted, dark tones at the formal event, the prepared man will stand out if he carefully considers the important details in evening dress. It’s hard to go wrong if you take inspiration from some of the most stylish men.
There’s a fine line between over-dressed and under-dressed, so it’s important to nail it when compiling your outfit. Dressing as you might for a board meeting — smart suit, crisp white shirt, tie and brogues — is about as welcome as turkey sandwiches in January, while turning up in fancy dress as an elf might mark you out as the office comic.
Follow these few outfit ideas tips to ace the office party look:
1. Make sure the suit is perfectly tailored
An ill-fitted suited, no matter how lush the fabric is, can slaughter the whole look. Every man must own a tailored suit which is sewed according to your body type. When you’re buying readymade suits, make sure that they fit you perfectly, or get it altered if it doesn’t. It’s very important to not have bigger-than-usual armholes or a droopy shoulder.
2.The Tie Or Bow
Whether you wear a tie or a bow depends on how formal the party is, you can choose between both. If you must opt for a tie, go for a slender black one with your suit. This makes you look slimmer and taller. If the party is super-formal, you can opt for a bow. A velvet bow will take things a few notches higher.
3. The Shirt
You can mix and match and try something new. If the party is during winters, you can substitute the shirt with a turtleneck. It’s smart, suave, and definitely understated. If you’re opting for a shirt, don’t wear the usual white with the black. Try a charcoal grey fitted shirt for a change. It’s supremely attractive.
4. Casual Cool
If the office party is being held in a pub, you can take it a little easy by substituting the trousers with a pair of light-washed jeans. Make sure they aren’t ripped or are too low-waist. Opt for a blazer and a crisp shirt to go with it. And there you have a perfect casual yet formal look.
5. The Shoes
No matter what you wear, it is very important that you opt for the right shoes to go with it. A shoe can make or break an outfit. Brogues and Oxfords are the most preferred options because they are classic, and some things are better left unchanged.