Menswear Look of the Week: Holiday Chic

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‘Tis the season for ugly sweater Christmas parties and much confusion about dressing properly for holiday soirees. Every single year, many people get into the holiday spirit by donning some of the ugliest threads most of us have ever seen—which is acceptable if that is, of course, the theme of the party. But how does a modern man dress for a proper holiday party?

ALIVE Menswear Holiday
Do festive in small doses. This look incorporates both red and green, but it’s so slight that it can be worn to a Christmas party and be holiday-appropriate, or it could be worn during a different occasion and be taken as everyday wear. The plaid Ted Baker jacket gives a slight hint of red, and the emerald green satin pants will give you that holiday sheen you need to make this look pop.

Although this mixture might seem a little loud for some, it can be toned down with more simple pieces—a neutral, solid turtleneck, black leather brogues and a couple of chic accessories to coordinate. The key is to avoid bagginess at all costs. Keep these pieces slim and trim, and you’ll be the topic of conversation all the way to next year’s get-together.

And don’t forget the golden rule: Never show up to a party empty-handed. We suggest a nice bottle of Knob Creek rye—a little something classic that says, “I came to have a good time.”

Ted Baker jacket ($416 in similar styles at Moris Men’s Shop); Cashmere turtleneck ($398 at Brooks Brothers); Satin pants ($29.95 at H&M); Ben Sherman brogues ($140 in similar styles at Sole & Blues); Billykirk card case ($60 at East & West); Mougin & Piquard watch ($425 at J.Crew); Knob Creek Rye ($30-40 at local vendors)

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