It’s still only October but we can’t ignore that the Christmas Party Season is not too far away.
How can we prepare for the wide range of different types of invitations we might receive without having to buy a whole new wardrobe of outfits?
Let’s begin with the casual invitation to friends for drinks. For this event jeans or chinos may be acceptable but it is the party season so invest in a smart shirt, a new tie, a very individual stylish bow tie or even some unusual cufflinks. One item can change the whole look of your outfit and that small attention to detail says a lot about your individual style.
Work parties, unless fancy dress is specified, usually require a slightly smarter style of dress. If you feel your suit is likely to appear a bit too overdressed, then wear your suit trousers and invest in a special waistcoat. One with a collar will add a smartness without overdressing or one with colour or texture will make a statement about your personality. Add a touch of individuality to your look. Try adding the bow tie you bought for the casual drinks party and, paired with the waistcoat, it will add sartorial elegance. You don’t need to buy these items if you think you may never wear them again or you don’t have a pair of suit trousers in your wardrobe. Hiring can be the obvious choice for a one-off occasion.
Formal work parties or end of year award celebrations are likely to have a Black-Tie Dress code. Unless you have a tux in your wardrobe and it still fits, then the simplest answer is to hire. Often the whole outfit can be hired at special evening package prices but the cufflinks, that you bought to wear at your drinks party or on Christmas Day, may well come in useful and be worn again here.
Get organised early and be ready for all those invitations that are likely to come your way this party season.
If you need to hire an outfit, book in early to save those last-minute panics.
If you want to purchase, then invest in a few choice accessories that will take your business suit from boardroom to work’s party, that can be paired with jeans or suit trousers, that will dress down or dress up the staples in your wardrobe giving a whole range of different looks.