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The Simple Trick to Nailing Holiday Party Dress Codes
In no time at all, you’ll be rocking around the Christmas tree. Or at least that’s how the song goes. But seriously, we’re about to dive head-on into the busiest party season of the year—full of office parties, impromptu happy hours, get-togethers, and all manner of family occasions. It’s the perfect time to look fantastic, stunt on your frienemies, and perhaps find somebody to cuff up with for cuffing season.
Looking fantastic may sound impossible, but we assure you it’s not. It’s actually alarmingly simple and easy (most people mess it up by overthinking it). So for every holiday bash headed your way, we’re going to take it back to basics.
First, set fire to all the holiday sweaters you own, even if you’re just trying to be ironic (actually, especially if you’re trying to be ironic). Those days are behind you. Pull out your sharpest, slimmest, and most James Bond-ian suit you’ve got. Now, instead of putting a shirt on underneath the jacket, go for a tonal crewneck (or turtleneck if you’re fancy). A move like gives you a little bit of that international flavor and will have people wondering who that mysterious and handsome man is. (You!)
Now, to keep things interesting, look to your shoes. The holidays are a time where you can get away with a little more flair here. And no, that doesn’t mean a reindeer clip on your soles. Go for a sleek, clean, and shiny pair of patent loafers. Think how good they’ll look going from small talk at the party, to dinner after, to a nightcap after that, and then, you know, wherever.