Men’s Fashion Advice – What Exactly is “Festive Attire”?

‘Tis the Holiday season rolls around, the question that has always plagued people who receive the Holiday party invitations is, “What exactly is festive attire?” Some invites may hint at a casual or formal type of affair, but others are wide open for interpretation.

My first point for any occasion is to wear whatever makes you feel good. If you are going to be uncomfortable in the style of clothing that you choose or have to try to suck in your gut the entire time, then either way, you won’t be enjoying the party. Everybody basically knows what they like, so all you have to do I to transform it into “festive party wear”.

For something a little more formal, but with a fashionable flair, this red satiny jacket with contrasting wide black lapel and fitted dress pants would do the trick. You could easily find something similarly fun yet luxurious at Hackett. All you have to do is add a sleek pair of dress shoes and some unexpected socks to turn a few heads on your way to grab some eggnog.

In the land of “casual festive wear”, there are a few options. One great one is this tonal look with grey jacket and pants that is offset by a nice pinstripe shirt, under a fairisle pattern knit vest. The sweater vest really brings you into a “Winter” state of mind and the combinations of grey tones is very rich looking. You can find this style at Polo by Ralph Lauren.

The last two Holiday looks are for the guys that really look to stand out in the party crowd. Pull the obnoxious Holiday sweater that Great Aunt Gerty gave you years ago and put it on with pride because the “Age of the Ugly Christmas Sweater” has returned (just kidding)! If you are up for it, they even have contests at some parties to pick the ugliest ones…

The last look is for the guy who never wants to be invited back. The tie around the forehead, drinking appliance, and missing pants are pretty much a guarantee that he will never see another invite.

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