While we’re big fans of casual suiting, one of our favourite tailored looks is party wear suits because it allows you to opt for bolder choices. But, to ensure you stand out for all of the right reasons this party season, we’ve got the tips and tricks to take note of
Each person’s party season is different – while some might be pretty extravagant, others might simply consist of an after work evening dinner, so we’ve covered all of the bases and sectioned our advice and suiting recommendations into three event styles just to make it that bit easier…
Party wear suits: smart-casual
From Christmas after work drinks at the bar down the road from the office, to a friend’s NYE get-together, this might initially seem like an excuse to forgo making an effort, but we beg to differ as it’s nice to make an effort and get yourself Instagram ready. Full suiting isn’t necessary for smart-casual events but that doesn’t mean that tailored options shouldn’t get a look in. Think about mixing and matching clean pieces such as well-cut tailored or wide leg trousers with knitwear and a classic overcoat and you’re good to go. It’s the type of outfit that can take you from work straight to play
Party wear suits: smart
Unlike the options under the smart-casual section, where a suit is a must, it doesn’t mean that your attire has to be stiff. We advise steering away from the typical navy or charcoal grey suits that you assign for work and instead, select a classic black which looks super sharp and polished no matter the fit of the suit. Or, you can play with coloured suiting such as emerald green or burgundy as suggested in our winter suiting guide if the dress code allows.
Moving even further away from the work suit, subtle differences will make the world of difference. Decide on a cropped trouser leg and balance it out with chunky soled footwear for a contemporary touch, or you can swap out your dress shirt for a fine wool blend roll neck or high quality cotton tee. Don’t be afraid to pair a slim cut double breasted jacket on top of a roll neck you stand out within a sea of single breasted suits. Finally, your suit accessories are a great way to add some personality and added style points to your party wear suit get up. A simple lapel or collar pin refines a suit, while a silk scarf underneath a suit jacket is a great alternative to a pocket square.
Party wear suits: formal
While black tie events mean there are rules that have to be followed, that doesn’t mean that some thought can’t be put into how to stand out. While we don’t recommend opting for a white tux, (because we can assure you, you’ll stand out for all of the wrong reasons) subtle changes to your outfit can make the world of difference, but first let’s cover the basics. Your dinner jacket should play host to a peak lapel instead of the more casual notch lapel, shoes should be simple and sleek so think patent oxfords and although arguable, a turn down collar is preferred over a wing collar shirt.
Basics aside, the simple ways to spruce up these party wear suits is to opt for midnight blue instead of classic black as it offers more of richness under low light, or opting for a velvet dinner jacket in a muted shade such as navy or dark burgundy instead. You can also play around with the detail on your dress shirt. Finally, the bow tie (which should be self-tied instead of a clip on option – Mr Porter has created a handy tutorial) is optional depending on the formality of the event.
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Published in Men's Style by Symone Keisha on November 24, 2016