I don’t want to sound negative, but I have approached the annual Christmas night out with a hearty degree of dread. I am neither a Christmas jumper kind of guy (when did this craze start by the way?) nor a “bah humbug” man. However, the work night out at this time of year does have the potential to be awkward, boring, too straight-laced or just a chore. Most years it has confounded my fears and actually turned out to be quite pleasant. It does warrant a bit of thought all the same. What do you wear to this night out?
The kitchen sink approach
This is when the best of all your gear goes into an all-out looking to impress assualt. It may well be overkill, but it depends on who you are trying to impress or maybe it is just one-upmanship with the younge whipper-snapper who everyone is talking about being “so stylish”. Grrrrrr.
You will be wearing your best jacket, shoes, denim/chinos and shirt. You may well decide to throw in a pocket-square and your “good” watch must get an outing as well. There is a bit of a trend for bow-ties just now as you probably noticed. Not something I would necessarily go in for, but it will get ’em talking and a dapper man is never a bad thing. Unless, the rest of the crowd are dressed in ripped denim and arran sweaters that is. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. Being the best-dressed by like 5 times over is not always good. You might look like a bit of a show pony. Restraint is always part of carrying off style. Maybe one eye-catching accessory or pair of shoes will be enough. The “nobody likes a smart-arse” sentiment extends to men’s style too.
Below I have an Italian woolen blazer, smart fitted shirt, denim, boots and a pocket-square. Unless, you have a really swanky do to dress for, then this is as dressy as I would go. I wear suits and ties etc all week. I am NOT wearing a suit or the likes on a night out. It feels enough like work as it is!
The casual man
Yeah, I didn’t bother getting dressed up really is the message here. You did of course. You thought about it and came to this outfit conclusion.
Smart enough to get in anywhere.
Impress anyone that needs impressing
That’s what you are after from this get-up. It maybe simple shirt and denims with a great coat. Leather jacket, t-shirt, good well-fitting denim is another combo. The simple uniform of plain t-shirt, blazer and denim is always a safe bet.
No trainers/runners/sneakers though. Yeah, I know they are in style and can look really good. Try explaining that to the doorman at midnight when the rest of the party are inside and you are not being allowed in no matter how expensive your sneakers were. Taxi!
Enjoy your night and stay stylish.