Christmas Party Fashion Top Tips

Whether you like it or not, the holiday season is right around the corner which can only mean one thing; it’s time to prepare for the Christmas party! From a family gathering to the dreaded (for a few!) office party; there are several occasions we have to be primped and primed for.

I love Christmas, that holiday spirit gets me every time; a sense of comfort, togetherness and that beautiful sense of giving but as a bloke and I’m sure many of you agree, having to keep up with all of these parties is exhausting to say the least! I suppose it wouldn’t be such a problem if I could turn up in my jeans and a t-shirt but the fashion police might kill be for daring to go against the rules. OK, so maybe they aren’t quite direct rules but when it comes to attending a Christmas party you should make the effort to look the part… and turning up in pyjamas just won’t cut it.

Whether you used to doing what you want, think you’ve been doing it right all along or know that you desperately need help this season our below tips are essential to keep in mind for the Christmas festivities…

Sensible– Unless you know it’s a fully formal occasion that is going to require you to wear a tuxedo, you will no doubt be spoilt for choice when it comes to your attire. From brightly coloured slim fit tailored suits to print shirts; there is a lot to choose from but as difficult as it may be, try and keep your choice simple. From plain to subtly striped shades of navy, blacks, greys and brows; whether a full tailored suit or shirt and trousers keep it simple and sensible to avoid making a bad move. This is particularly important when heading to the office party as the last thing you will want to do is stand out of the crowd and draw attention for all the wrong reasons.

Smart– For many men and that includes myself; having to constantly make the effort to dress smart can be exhausting I mean why can’t we just wear our t-shirts and jeans all the time? It’s tempting I agree but even if it’s not declared on your invite, it is only right to dress smartly for a Christmas party. The really formal occasions will naturally require the old tux but generally speaking during other events you can easily get away with simply wearing regular cocktail attire i.e. a well fitted suit. Slim fit suits are a must have this season and with a range of mens designers and high street labels offering a number of styles, the options are endless. Just keep in mind that those throwing the party will have expectations from you as a guest so you should try to ensure that you stick to conventions.

Statement– I mentioned that it is important to maintain a sensible attitude to your party dress code but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a statement with your choice of clothing. Whether it’s a touch of flair with a green pocket square (this seasons must have colour) or experimenting a little with other Autumn/Winter style staples which include everything from fur, to check prints and even roll necks- mix your smart look with something a bit different. Consider starting small or just stick to one piece to ensure you don’t over do it; either way a statement can help you stand out of the crowd but this time, for all the right reasons.

Christmas is right around the corner which means it is time to start giving your holiday fashion a bit more thought. It’s hard to keep up with the constant changes but whatever your styles, as long as you stick to expectations and don’t overdo it; there is no reason why this Christmas you can’t me the most dapper bloke at the party!

Style Tips for Women How to Dress Professionally in Spring

Spring is a difficult time to dress as the weather tends to be spitefully temperamental. You’re warm one moment and cold the next that can leave you looking bedraggled and unprofessional. Come spring time, layering is key to personal comfort and retaining your business appropriate appearance. Instead of just throwing together a last-minute mismatched combo, spend a few hours at the weekend going through your wardrobe to see what can be worn together and whether it might be time to invest in a few new pieces for spring.

What to Wear

Particularly if you work in a client facing role, you need to be careful not to achieve a frumpy look through layering. It’s all too easily done – you throw on a polo neck, a vest and a cardigan and you’re good to go. Or so you think…

Hidden layers can save you from looking like your great-aunt Betty. If you’re going to wear a dress, throw on a singlet top or a T-shirt underneath it. It can even be a thermal but, remember, you might get too warm indoors. If you do get too cosy throughout the day, nip into the toilets and take your bottom layer off.

Be smart in selecting a cardigan or a jumper. If it looks a tad chilly outside, choose a piece in cashmere or thicker jersey material instead of a light poly-cotton blend.

If it seems like you’re in for a chilly walk to work, wear your winter coat instead of your flimsy spring trench as you can always leave it in the cloak room. That way you won’t have problems with wearing too many layers indoors.

Wear thin tights if you’re going for a dress or a skirt but keep a thicker pair in your desk or bag for days when it suddenly gets colder.

What to Buy This Spring

Sharp tailoring has been a popular trend in recent years and looks set to stay on the scene with many New York Fashion Week 2012 designers showcasing their Autumn/Winter masterpieces. Edgy fabrics are definitely in. Textures, different levels of shine, metal thread and vibrant colours are all big.

Invest in a sturdy pair of tailored trousers or a tight-fitting pencil skirt. Both are figure-hugging but flattering wardrobe staples. Their versatility is apparent as you can pair them with low-cut tops in satin or cashmere polo necks, conservative jersey tops or classic, buttoned work blouses and they’ll all look great. Accessorise liberally too, according to the occasion.

For formal events like conferences or client meetings, top the look off with a smart, tailored jacket with lapels or a high collar.

High street shops are brimming with womens tailored jackets following the key trends defined by the fashion world’s biggest players.

Harvey McEwan writes to offer information and advice on a variety of areas, from technology to holiday destinations. Read through Harvey’s other articles here to find out more.