Here's What A Modern Gentleman Should Wear To That Office Holiday Party

Holiday party dress codes are hard to decipher.

There’s a fine line between festive and completely inappropriate.

But don’t worry — we’ve come up with a quick guide so that you don’t embarrass yourself in front of your boss.

You’re welcome.


Stick with a navy jacket for holiday shindigs. They’re classic and professional — and can be re-worn for practically any occasion. We recommend that you avoid black — it’s too harsh.

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We recommend going for a light-blue striped shirt — which looks nice under the blazer or by itself.

A plain white shirt is another safe bet — you basically can’t go wrong as long as there aren’t huge stains on it.

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For pants, you’ll want to wear grey flannel.

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For a holiday tie, if the event is on the conservative end, a nice blue tie is the way to go. But if you’re willing to go bold (and in theme), some sort of printed red tie will work.

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Or… Bow Tie

If you really want to let your hair down, a bow tie is the way to go. But: stay far, far away from clip-on bow ties.

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And of course, a classic accessory — a watch. A dark strap is the best option as it will nicely work with your darker winter wardrobe.

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