Unless the invite says “strictly black tie”, dressing for Christmas parties can be a tricky. Go in all gun’s blazing and you’ll look like you’re attending a fancy dress function as James Bond. Keep it too causal and your boss, friends, family or colleagues are going to think you’re a right scruff. The season calls for a certain amount of smartening up, but if your festive event is a fun not formal affair, you don’t want to overdo it. To help you walk that tricky Yuletide tightrope, we’ve compiled a few tips that will help you scrub up in style for this year’s Christmas party without looking like a try hard.

Keep reading to find out how to ensure you neither over cook or under-do your Christmas party get up…


Ditch the neck wear1Pictured: Wincer & Plant Smart Shirt with Granddad Collar

If there’s one piece of attire which is bound to make your get up look fusty and over the top, it’s a tie. Whether you’ve opted for a straightforward silk number of a bow tie, this is an accessory which instantly takes outfits to another level of formality. Compromising on a vintage-inspired woollen tie and pare down the smartness while still maintaining charm, but to get the balance right opt for an open collar (just one button, mind) or, better yet, a suave granddad collar shirt.


Go monochrome2Pictured: Reiss Overcoat 

Black and white is a foolproof combination for the gentlemen keen to straddle the line between sloppy and formal. The same classic colour combination sported as part of a traditional formal outfit, a more causal approach to the palette is the perfect way to look sharp but not over the top. Choose a smart black jacket with a well cut white t-shirt and black trousers to look the part.


Embrace burgundy3Pictured: Hi Shine Woburn Brogue

If a black and white aesthetic seems a little plain for your particular style, a dash of burgundy is an easy way to add a kick to your Christmas party gear. Just bright enough to provide a point of difference, with a soupçon of festive warmth – integrating a bit of burgundy into your look for seasonal festivities is a great shout. Forest green is another big hitter this year, if you want to branch out with your colour palette.


Try Tux trousers4Pictured: Austin Reed Slim Fit Tuxedo Trousers

They may be synonymous with formal dress, but Tuxedo trousers are remarkably versatile and work like a charm when mixed and match with a more casual combination. A slim fit (not skin tight) Tux trouser paired with a sharp white tee and an easy DJ is a tried and tested combination which doesn’t go too far in either direction.


Roll up, roll up!5Pictured: Topman Rollneck & Blazer  

A roll neck under a smart blazer is on the money right now. With a cosily festive feel and AW15 style credentials, this is a done up but laid back look which strikes a fashionable chord this season.


What’s your go to Christmas party look? Is your event formal, casual or somewhere in between?  Have your say in our Facebook group or shop for the perfect pair of Christmas party shoes online at Base London