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Men’s Fashion

Men’s Style: 3 Foolproof Party Looks

You may have spent the week bundled up and fighting the elements, but come Friday it’s time to shed the down layers and denim to summon some swagger for the party circuit. The holidays are the perfect time to experiment with dressing up, whether you’re exchanging presents with the parents or counting down to midnight with your mates.

Here are three looks to master.

What to wear to a holiday party

Ted Baker London velvet dinner jacket | Zachary Prell wool trousers | Nordstrom Men’s Shop tech-smart trim-fit dress shirt |  Eleventy marled wool skinny tie | To Boot New York Brandon cap-toe oxfords

If you’re still battling winter temps, reach for items that are equal parts weather-appropriate and stylish. A velvet dinner jacket with satin shawl lapels is a feast for the senses, with a touchable mix of textures that gives off a luxe, low-key luster in dimly lit parties. Bonus: this deep plum is a darker iteration of Pantone’s just-announced color of 2018.

What to wear to a holiday party: suit and tie

Sand wool and cashmere topcoat | BOSS wool and mohair suit | Nordstrom Men’s Shop Smartcare™ dress shirtEton paisley silk tieTo Boot New York penny loafers

Double/triple/sextuple-booked on New Year’s Eve? Rather than miss any fun, make an appearance at each event and make it memorable. Layer textures, play with similar hues and never forget the importance of finishing touches. A wool-and-mohair suit in moody maroon paired with a swirl of icy paisley will keep you comfortable, and keep all eyes on you as you make the rounds.

Men: what to wear to a casual holiday party

Eleventy merino turtleneck | Eleventy sweater jacket | Eleventy houndstooth wool drawstring jogger pantsTo Boot New York sneakers

Once the big-night looks are sorted, stock your winter closet with soft, smart essentials. These are the pieces to reach for whenever you’re jumping up off the couch to hit the bar or for unexpected dates. A knit wool blazer recasts a sharp workweek staple into a piece that will keep up wherever the party takes you.