Between all the shopping and wrapping, you might not have time to plan which holiday party outfits you’ll be wearing for your upcoming RSVP’d soirées.
For those that can't even right now, don’t go popping the cork on that stress relief juice (that some call wine) just yet. It’s actually not that difficult to pull together last-minute ensembles that look anything but last minute.
Aside from following the dress code, the key is to keep it simple. Instead of overcrowding your outfit with loud pieces from head to toe, let one statement piece do the talking, like a studded shirt or colored jeans. This way, you can easily match it with basics you already own. Simple, right?
Just scroll down to get ideas for men’s holiday party outfits that are way easier to create than the unsolved mysteries of Trump’s comb-over.
1. The Office Party
attire: business casual
For a corporate party, the easiest way to go is dressing up the workwear you already have with accessories you don’t normally wear 40 hours week. Instead of the regular necktie, try a houndstooth ascot or plaid bow tie. If you want to lose the tie altogether, you can always ditch the stuffy suiting accessories for men’s fashion jewelry in its place. You can accessorize a shirt with a bold necklace instead of a tie or a chunky cuff instead of cufflinks.
Outfit Idea: Houndstooth Ascot Tie or Black Layered Necklace by 8718 House + solid button-down shirt + solid chinos
2. The Family-Dinner Party
attire: everyday trendy
The family dinner is typically the most laid-back look among holiday party outfits for men. It’s the only place to break out those stretchy eating pants, but don't bust out those college sweatpants too soon. As an alternative, any pair of cool joggers for men in a bold pattern or print will keep your lounge outfit looking trendy, bold, and – most importantly – comfy. If you’d rather go with denim, we recommend jogger jeans (a jogger-and-jean hybrid) with embroidery or patches.
Outfit Idea: Side Stripe Plaid Track Pants in 2 Colors or Embroidered Jogger Jeans with Cargo Pockets + basic t-shirt + casual shoes
3. The Lounge Party
attire: sexy partywear
If you’re partying away the holiday season at a club or lounge, this is the time to kick up your holiday outfit with a sexy statement piece. You can easily make your jeans or pants the wow factor of your next going-out look. For venues causal enough for denim, try men’s skinny jeans with fly accents, embroidery, or graphics. If it’s an upscale club, skinny-fit patterned pants are a sharp alternative for casual jeans.
4. The Themed Party
attire: holiday festive
Themed parties are all about getting decked out in men’s holiday party outfits that scream festive spirit. You can’t really go wrong with a knit sweater that’ll work at both ugly-sweater and non-themed Christmas parties. If you’re looking for something bolder than the traditional ugly-sweater, try playful themed onesies or plaid utility kilts for a holiday look that’ll really stand out.
Outfit Idea: Reindeer Ugly Christmas Sweater + skinny jeans + leather boots | Black Hybrid Kilt with Red Plaid + black combat boots + basic shirt | Bear Onesie + casual shoes
5. The New Year’s Eve Party
attire: semi formal
Whether you’re going out or staying in, any NYE party calls for a statement piece that’s got some bling or flair. You can either go with the sexy shirt or bold shoe route, depending on what you’ve got in your closet. Nothing says you’re ready to finish the year with a bang like embellished shirts finished with studs or sequins. If you’re more of a shoe guy, choose dress shoes in a bold color to make your NYE holiday party outfits pop.
Outfit Ideas: Studded Button Down Shirt in White + slim-fit pants + dress shoes | Red Suede Chelsea Boots + neutral pants & shirt