Christmas only comes around once a year, so you better step up your game.
There will be tons of other opportunities to wear that hoodie or your baggy pants, so leave those for the rest of the year.
A festive Christmas party, calls for a fancy outfit and there are no exceptions — even if you're an IT guy. Moreover, you'll be celebrating with your colleagues, friends, and your relatives, so this is your chance to show off your style.
Here is our list of formal Christmas outfits for men which we categorized into themes:
Work Christmas Party Outfit
For an office Christmas party, it's best to step it up a notch and dress fancier than your usual work outfit. If you're faced with a formal dress code, a suit is a good start. This can simply be done by combining your white button-up shirt with one of your suits. Skip the dull navy or grey work suit, and instead, go for more festive colors. Dark red or emerald green are sophisticated colors that match well with a Christmas theme and are still work-appropriate. To elevate your outfit even further, a double-breasted suit is certainly a fancier option and will highlight your shoulders. Not only that but it will also make you appear leaner. Footwear should match your style, so formal dress shoes, such as oxfords, monks, or derby shoes are perfect.
If it's a casual work Christmas outfit that you're dressing for, then anything with a blazer is acceptable. Nevertheless, your style should still be professional. Examples of suitable tops could be a white T-shirt, sweater, or turtleneck. If you're going for jeans, make sure they are well-fitted and dark-colored. Wool pants or chinos are also acceptable, as long as they are not too casual (No baggy pants, no bright colors). As for footwear, you can combine your outfits with a pair of white dress sneakers or more casual dress shoes, such as chelsea boots, loafers, or derby.
Casual Christmas Party Outfit
You're expected to come in casual wear? Lucky you.
There isn't too much you can do wrong (as long as the party is not office related)
Now gents, just to clear things up, effortless doesn't necessarily mean, no effort. If you've been invited to a party, show some style. Although a T-shirt, paired up with some pants and sneakers is acceptable, we recommend you add a bit more personality and elegance. If the party takes place in the evening, replace the T-Shirt with a button-up or down shirt and pair it with dark pants. If it's a day party, you can stick with a T-shirt or a charming turtleneck and a pair of jeans. To add some more glam, pair your outfit with a blazer or a leather jacket for an edgy look.
Festive Christmas Party Outfit
Time to have fun! For a festive, yet sleek outfit you can unleash your creativity for this combo. You can go bold for this outfit, and select suits with more detail, such as fancy patterns and bold colors. Since this is still a Christmas party, we suggest you seek out Christmassy colors, such as dark coral red, gold, or emerald green. If you want to wear something unique and tasteful, then a velvet suit may be just the thing for you. It certainly matches the Christmas theme and is a cozy fabric for the cold season.
Black Tie Christmas Party Outfit
This is the kind of theme you should have an outfit prepared for in advance. A black tie theme is all about formality, so it's time to get your tuxedo out. Be cautious of the tailoring, as the appearance of this suit is dependent on the fit. Combine your tuxedo with a pleated shirt with a wing-tip collar and a matching bow tie. Since this is a festive occasion, you can experiment with colors and different fabrics. As we mentioned before, velvet is definitely a great way to stand out from the crowd, especially if it's a bold red or emerald color. If you want to stay on the safe side, but you still crave some sort of extra color, you can experiment with different colored bow ties - perhaps a glittery red tie would be just the thing. The only footwear acceptable are black oxfords, the glossier and the more polished they look, the better.
Christmas Dinner Outfit
If you're attending a Christmas party that includes dinner, you may want to up-dress the current outfit you had in mind. You don't need to get your tux out, however, a suit or a blazer outfit is welcome.
There is more freedom in the choice of color for your outfit. If you want to go for something neutral, then beige, or brown are ideal. Although there is the opportunity to wear navy or grey, it may be a bit too business-orientated, especially if you're just going out with your friends or loved ones. Of course, if you're into the Christmas spirit, then you can have fun wearing festive patterns and colors — after all, Christmas only comes once a year, so make the most of it.